Charity is the cornerstone of Freemasonry. "Masonry aims at the promotion of morality and higher living by the cultivation of the social side of man, the rousing in him of the instincts of charity and love of his kind. It rests surely on the foundation of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God". - William Howard Taft
But not for long. The first meeting of Masters Lodge is next week. Our officers are hard at work profecting their ritual in preparation for this Masonic year.
"MASONRY is an earnest fellowship of tried and true men, cognizant of human failures in the past, conscious of human limitations in the present, and animated by the loftiest human aspirations for the future. That Mason who best understands the real, the esoteric meaning of our gentle philosophy, is best equipped to further the highest ideals of brotherly love, relief and truth, for which Masonry stands.
The sleeping giant of Masonry is awakening at last. The Spirit of Masonry is permeating the Mighty Fellowship, arousing them to the call of humanity in a time of trial, the like of which this generation of the Sons of Men had never thought to face."
By Bro. John Lewin McLeish, Ohio
AN ADDRESS BEFORE THE
HYDE PARK MASONIC CLUB
Happy 330th Birthday to the City of Albany! The Men of Masters Lodge #5 have been meeting in Albany for 247 years. Here's the original copy of the Dongan Charter for all you history nerds out there
Here's a few pictures from Day Three of the Statewide Preservation Conference hosted by: The Albany Masonic Temple. This conference brought together hundreds of historians, preservationists, and others from throughout New York State, and is a forum for sharing ideas, networking, and celebrating successes in preservation efforts. Many thanks to all who helped make this conference a success, and to all those who attended!!
This weekend the Masters men got together to hose the first annual Masters 5 homebrew. We brewed several different batches of The Old Tyre's English Brown and Masters Black Tie IPA.
Just in time for our 250th anniversary!
This is our 1868 Centennial Chart, a visual representation of the first 100 years of Freemasonry in Albany, New York. It was discovered in the attic of Mrs. Lucille Canter of Greensboro North Carolina and presented to us in honor and memory of her husband Mr. Lewis A. Canter senior 32nd degree Master Mason of Guilford Lodge number 656 Greensboro North Carolina.
This donation was arranged with pleasure and honor by Colonel Charles A. Jones United States Marine Corps Reserve (Retired) Master Mason of Greensboro lodge "Old 76"
"The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race." - Brother Washington
Our lodge historian gives a short lecture on "Washington, the Revolutionary Freemason" before the brothers of Masters Lodge. We kicked off our night infront of the Washington portrait in celebration of our first presidents birthday.
Happy Presidents Day Masters Lodge!
A few Brothers stayed late last night and went on an exploratory mission in our lodge safe. We found a number of interesting items, among them this: our lodge's original charter from 1768.
Jack Frost hasn't been nipping at our noses this warm December, but yuletide carols are still being sung by the fire. Happy Holidays from the Men of Masters Lodge.
With the spirit of charitably giving guiding them, these Masters Men ring in the holiday season with the Salvation Army at Crossgates Mall.
December 07, 2015
A recital of brother Franklin Delano Roosevelt's December 7th speech on the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day with the men of Masters Lodge by brother Erik Dollman.
"Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God."
- Brother F. D. Roosevelt
"Just as there is a vital spark in man that defies definition or description,
so is there in Freemasonry a divine flame—a vital, living force
that transcends all descriptions."
Charles Clyde Hunt
Fellow of the Philalethes Society
Under the Direction of Brother Brendan Boyle and the Guidance of the City of Albany, Masters Lodge held a park cleanup day. We met for breakfast and had a great time putting our collective hands together to make quick light work out of an otherwise full day job.
Although often Freemasonry is very personal to the Brother Mason, some of the most enjoyable times are those times of Fellowship when we come together for reflection and debate. How truly blessed we are to meet upon the level in this amazing building.
Another Masonic year begins and the sound of the Gavel on Stone is again heard. The Secretary is busy.
120 Years ago today, the Albany Masonic Temple had it's cornerstone ceremony. The Masonic Temple's current site on Lodge St. dates all the way back to 1766. This is the oldest continually owned Masonic property in the United States.
A hot night and a long night. Jackets came off and sleeves were rolled up as we worked the quarries of Freemasonry well into the night.
Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!
I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear.
-Robert Burns, Scottish Poet and Freemason
No matter how much planning and well meant intentions go into something, things often do not go as planned. Brothers enjoying a cigar and conversation after other plans fell through.
W:. Alex Dalis