A group of Master Masons talk about topics of Masonic interest--each from their own unique perspective. You'll find a wide range of subjects including history, trivia, travel, book reviews, great quotes, and hopefully a little humor as well on topics of interest for Freemasons and those interested in the subject of Freemasonry.
W. B. Knott tries out the East at the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
I began my Masonic journey in Boston
along the Freedom Trail at the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Being the
birthplace of organized Freemasonry in America, it was no surprise that an
elegant and historic building would be home to the Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts.
We were greeted warmly when we came
into the building and I was offered a tour right away, which was a pleasant
surprise.The entire building is
occupied by Masonic bodies, including Grand Lodge offices, Blue Lodges,
Scottish Rite and York Rite.
Entering the first floor, you will
find a welcoming lobby with several displays telling the story of Massachusetts
Freemasonry.Our tour guide was an older
brother who was a Past Master of one the lodges meeting in the building.He knew a great deal about the building’s
history and was able to give us a great deal of information.
On the second floor, we visited a
lodge room the Egyptian Hall that was as its name suggests a themed room.The Grand Lodge offices and Samuel Crocker
Lawrence Library were also on this level.
Corinthian Hall features many symbolic
items, including a starry decked heaven (ceiling), a statue in each corner that
represent Faith, Hope, Charity and Wisdom.These were sculpted by M. Sala of Boston.Each statue has a painting above it; Faith –
George Washington, Hope – Joseph Warren, Charity - Marquis de LaFayette and
Wisdom - Benjamin Franklin. On the walls are numerous paintings of Past Grand
Masters and an ornate organ on the north wall.
In the next installment, we will
continue our visit to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and visit the upper
floors, including Tuscan Hall, Doric Hall and a Chamber of reflection.
WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a
plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and Homer Lodge No. 199
(IL). He's a member of both the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, and is
the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club in
Champaign-Urbana. He's also a member of the Ansar Shrine (IL). Greg is
very involved in Boy Scouts--an Eagle Scout himself, he serves the Grand
Lodge of Illinois A. F. & A. M. as their representative to the
National Association of Masonic Scouters.