On the Level

The Level is a symbol of equality. The equality expressed here does not mean that of wealth, social distinction, civil office or service to mankind. Masons use the term to refer to the internal and not the external qualifications. Each is endowed with a worth and a dignity, which is spiritual, and not subject to man made distinctions. The equality practiced in Masonry recognizes that one man may have greater potentialities of life, service or reward than another, but believes that any man may aspire to the heights, no matter how great. Thus, the level dignifies labor and the man who performs it. It also acknowledges the equality of manhood as being equality without regard to station.

Outside the Lodge, it is expected that the Master Mason will seek to improve the morals of men in society. As an Entered Apprentice Mason, he had been instructed to practice charity and to exercise universal benevolence. Now he is not only to do it himself, but he is to inculcate in others the practice of universal benevolence. It is expected that by his own conduct he will demonstrate to the world the highest principles of morality and virtue. It is not sufficient to only observe the letter of the law or to conform to the behavior which society finds acceptable.

He must at all times uphold the fundamental principles of Brotherly Love, Charity and Truth, and practice such time honored virtues as Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice. Taking an active part in your community, you must carry these virtues into operation so that your neighbors may know, without your wearing any badges that you are in fact a Master Mason. Duty, Honor and Gratitude now bind you to your trust.

The lesson of equality, that in all respects all men are the same and equal, but it is evident in many respects that men are very unequal, as in physique, in talent, in gifts, in abilities and in character. It is, rather, the principle that we owe goodwill, charity, tolerance and truthfulness equally to each and all, and that in our Fraternity, all men travel the same road of initiation, take the same obligations, pay the same dues and have the same rights, duties, and privileges.

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Lodge No. 43 George Washington Masonic National Memorial & House of the Temple Tour

Members and friends of Lodge No. 43 traveled to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and the House of the Temple for tours and some Degree work.  First stop was the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  After a tour of the Memorial, the Officer’s of the Lodge retired to the North Lodge Room for an Extra Meeting for the purpose of conferring an Entered Apprentice Masons Degree.  After the completion of the Degree work, the group left the Memorial and heading into Washington D.C. for a tour of the House of the Temple.

Lodge No. 43 Roadside Cleanup

“No hands are so clean as those grimed by honorable labor.”  Brothers from Lodge No. 43 were out in the community on Saturday, April 26th in order to help beautify their “adopted” stretch of roadway.  If you missed out or were unable to attend, you will have one more chance this year as the team will be out again in the fall to continue on with maintaining our roadways.

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What is the Ahiman Rezon

Ahiman Rezon

The first Masonic book published in America was printed in Philadelphia by Brother BENJAMIN FRANKLIN in 1734. It was a reprint of what is known as “Anderson’s Constitutions,” which was published in 1723 under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England, and entitled: “The Constitutions of the Freemasons, Containing the History, Charges, Regulations, &c., of that Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity. For the use of the Lodges,” and was compiled by Brother James Anderson, D.D. This reprint is now very scarce. A copy of it is in the Library of the Grand Lodge.

The “Ahiman Rezon; or, A Help to a Brother,” was prepared in 1756 by Brother Laurence Dermott, Grand Secretary of the GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND ACCORDING TO THE OLD INSTITUTIONS, once called the “Ancients.”

This corresponded to the Book of Constitutions of the GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND, once called the “Moderns.”

The first Book of Masonic Law published by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was entitled: “Ahiman Rezon abridged and digested: as a Help to all that are or would be Free and Accepted Masons.” It was prepared by the Grand Secretary, Rev. Brother William Smith, D.D., Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and was almost entirely a reprint of Dermott’s work; it was approved by the Grand Lodge November 22, 1781, published in 1783, and dedicated to Brother GEORGE WASHINGTON.

It is reprinted in the introduction to the first or edited reprint of the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, 1730-1808.

On April 18, 1825, a revision of the Ahiman Rezon was adopted, being taken largely from “Anderson’s Constitutions.”

Another revision was adopted June 15, 1857, which was followed by the revisions adopted June 15, 1867; December 5, 1877; December 6, 1893; December 4, 1895; December 1, 1915; December 5, 1928; December 3, 1947; December 5, 1962; December 6, 1972; December 2, 1981, and December 4, 1991.

Credits: Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

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What is CHIP?

The Masonic CHIP Program is the most comprehensive service of its kind anywhere. CHIP is provided free of charge to the public, though most families make a donation to help continue the program for other families. All of the identifying items generated during CHIP are given to the child’s family. The Child Identification Program (CHIP) addresses the alarming fact that over 1,000,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. While most are found, many are not, and the abduction of children is both under-reported and rapidly increasing in our society. CHIP provides parents and guardians the means to quickly get vital information to emergency responders. The digital video and digital still photo on the mini CD is compatible with the Pennsylvania Amber Alert System.

Who Can Participate?

The CHIP program is for ANY child in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will conduct the program in communities when scheduled by the local Lodges.

What Does It Cost?

The CHIP program is provided, FREE of charge. We are currently able to supply the CHIP identification materials for under $2.00 per kit. Your generous tax deductible contributions to the PA Masonic YouthFoundation and the CHIP program will help our volunteers reach more children across Pennsylvania.

For additional information please visit PA-Chip @ http://pmyf.org/programs/chip/