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The Masonic Minute

Featuring Worshipful Brother Gerald


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Share this video The exact origin of the term Freemason remains cloudy to this day. There are many theories, some more likely than others. Some speculate that freemasons were originally stone masons that skillfully worked with freestone to carve the most ornate and decorative portions of an edifice. Some believe that freemasons were stone masons that where not associated with a guild and thus free to work as an independent contractor of sorts. Although other theories exist, the term is most likely resultant from one of those two explanations. During the 17th century when speculative freemasonry was in its infancy, there arose so much confusion between speculative freemasons and operative freemasons that the London Company of Freemasons renamed itself The London Company of Masons. This is one of the earliest quasi-formal differentiations separating the operative stone masons from the rapidly emerging speculative freemasons. Today the term Freemason is used with almost exclusive reference to the Speculative organization, the Fraternity of Freemasons. Dr. William Wescott Alexander Pope Profane Hale, Hail & Hele Cowan Beehive Apron 1717 Corn, Wine, & Oil James Anderson Ancients & Moderns Unite Paul Revere Geometry To Be One Ask One The Ancients Royal Masonic Hospital Anthony Sayer Eavesdropper Freemasons Hall The Cubit The Regius Manuscript Elias Ashmole Christopher Wren William Preston The 3rd Degree Acacia Cable Tow Ritual Secrets Altar Dispensation Demit Balloting Proficiency Erasure Desaguliers Dermott Blue Lodge of Antiquity Worshipful Warden Installation Anti Masonic Movement Transparency Tracing Boards Masonic Education Gould Rod Robert Peary Working Tools Constitution Free Lewis Royal Arch Norman Peale Audie Murphy Leland Stanford Arthur Conan Doyle Lord Chesterfield Lewis Wallace Pierre LEnfant Arthur Wellesley Robert Service William Gilbert Wolfgang Mozart Joseph Kippling John Brown John Coustos Harry Carr Alexander Fleming Ernest Shackleton John Phillip Sousa Melvin Jones James Hoban Richard Gatling Thomas Lipton Harry Truman Albert Mackey David Wooster Sir Robert George Richard J Gatling King George VI Irving Berlin James Doolittle Tommy Douglas Cy Young Louie Tschoudy
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