CANDIDATE STUDY GUIDES
In addition to the memorized proficiency, each candidate is expected to read an education booklet designed specifically for the degree that he has most recently completed. To demonstrate his understanding of the material, he is asked to answer several questions about the material.
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The candidate guides are provided by the Masons of California © 2009-2015 Grand Lodge of California
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MASONIC EDUCATION VIDEOS
THE ART OF MASONIC EDUCATION
THE HOLY WRITINGS
From floor sketches to tracing boards, Masonic artists over the centuries have produced incredible works to serve as lodge teaching aids. In addition to being artifacts of our fraternity, many of these pieces are treasures of the art world. This video explores the history and significance of art in Masonic education from the 18th century to today, as told by historians, Masonic scholars, and the artists themselves.
Described as the "first great light," the Holy Writings provides a link to Freemasonry's historical beliefs. This video documentary short, produced by the Masonic Grand Lodge of California and the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, offers new insight into one of Masonry's most treasured three great lights.
DIVERSE, YET UNITED:
CALIFORNIA'S MASONIC MOSAIC
EMBLEMS OF INNOCENCE AND HONOR:
THE MASONIC APRON
This video explores the many aspects of California Masonry’s rich cultural influences – from those of the state’s original settlers to new immigrants who have made California their home today. Learn how our fraternity has been shaped by members’ diverse heritages, and how these varied global influences continue to inspire California Masonry today.
Described as a Mason's "badge" and an emblem of innocence, the apron provides a link to Freemasonry's historical roots. This video documentary short, produced by the Masonic Grand Lodge of California and the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, offers new insight into one of Masonry's most treasured ritual garments.
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Wednesday night is... Lodge Night!... Wednesday night is also... Coaching Night!... Proficiency coaching is available to all EA's, FC's and MM’s every Wednesday night (except Stated Meeting night) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m in the Lodge Library.
During Stated Meeting nights there will be no coaching available. Please join the Honey Do's in the Library to help with our community outreach programs. The Honey Do's could really use your help, and would love to see you there.
An Entered Apprentice is “a learner,” a beginner. In the Middle Ages, it was customary for master workmen to train young apprentices, so that skilled workers would continue to be available as the work progressed. These operative apprentices as they were known were usually ten to fifteen years of age. They had to be of sound body, in order to perform the hard labor required; alert in mind, so they could be taught the secrets of the master mason’s art; and willing to serve faithfully during the long years of apprenticeship.
In return, the Master Mason was responsible for the Apprentice’s care and his training, providing him with food, lodging and spiritual upbringing. When they had proven their fitness for training, they were enrolled in the records of the operative Lodge as Entered Apprentices.
Masons are “Free”, and “Accepted”. A lodge is “worthy” because it has worth or value. It is “worshipful”, that is, “honorable”; in earlier times “to worship” meant simply “to honor”. It is “warranted”, that is, empowered to act in Masonic matters because it has its Warrant of Constitution from Grand Lodge. It is “just” because it has on its altar the unerring standard of justice, the open Volume of the Sacred Law. It is“regular” when it is duly entered on the Register of Grand Lodge, or of another grand lodge with whom we are in fraternal correspondence.
Surely, in a world torn by strife and divided by so many feuds of race, religion and nationality, we have a right to rejoice in a fellowship, at once free, gentle and refining, which spans all distances of space and all differences of speech, and brings men together by a common impulse and inspiration in mutual respect and brotherly regard.
A Free Mason Forged out of the Materials of His Lodge, c.1754
Behold a Master-Mason rare
Whose mystic Portrait does declare
The Secrets of Free Masonry
Fair for all to read and see -
But few there are to whom they're known
Tho' they so plainly here are shown.
MASONIC EDUCATION LINKS