The following was contributed by W:.Paul Davis, Past Master, Meridian
The Working Tools of an E-Mason
I now present you with the working tools of an E-mason....
They are the mouse.
And the modem.
The mouse is to move within the desktop.
The keyboard to input the data.
And the modem to publish in cyber space.
But as we are not hear online, as computer nerds.
But rather as Free and Accepted E-Masons.
We use these tools to obtain more Masonic light and
to show us the true meaning and value of E-Masons.
And thus we apply them.....
The mouse teaches us to keep within the bounds of the screen. A square wherein which we all meet on the level.
The keyboard is to show us that communicating will lead us to a better understanding of each other and the rest of mankind.
The modem to teach us that even when we are alone, or in the most remote part of the glob, we may meet and gain moral sustenance and support from each other and thus gain more light, from our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity.
So Mote it Be.....
LONG ISLAND MASONS
The flag of our country is a precious thing to us as Americans and
especially us as Masons. Bro. Paul Davis from Meridian Lodge in Islip sent the
following to me regarding the history on why the flag is folded the way it is at
ceremonies and events. I also want to say that Bro. Paul Davis has been
instrumental in creating this blog for your enjoyment.
Understand what the flag draped coffin really means. Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many survivors .
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United! States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of " Liberty and Freedom"
Did you Know Paul Revere was a Mason?
Robert Newman, Sexton of Christ Church also known as the "Old North Church"
in Boston was the man who hung the lantern to signal 'The Red Coats Are
Paul Revere then rode through the countryside to warn the colonists of the impending danger. Both were Masons.