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Son Of A Mason, A Challenge To Grand Lodges & All Masonic Bodies by Barry J. Lipson 33°, PM

Son Of A Mason, A Challenge To Grand Lodges & All Masonic Bodies by Barry J. Lipson 33°, PM

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HONOR THY DUTIFUL SON!!! It is strongly recommended "that the Fraternity might well revive the 'Lewis' customs ... We should in all ways encourage young men to follow in the footsteps of their Masonic fathers" (The Builder Magazine of the National Masonic Research Society, November 1922 (Vol. VIII, No. 11)).
HONOR THY DUTIFUL SON!!! It is strongly recommended "that the Fraternity might well revive the 'Lewis' customs ... We should in all ways encourage young men to follow in the footsteps of their Masonic fathers" (The Builder Magazine of the National Masonic Research Society, November 1922 (Vol. VIII, No. 11)).

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Son Of A Mason
 AChallengeTo Grand Lodges& All Masonic Bodies
 by Barry J. Lipson 33
°
, PM
"Train up a child in the way he should go,Even when he is old he will not depart from it"
(Proverbs 22:6) 
Holy Scripture, thecornerstone of Masonry andCivilizedSociety makes abundantly clear the wonder of children and the responsibilities ofthegenerations to each other, fortherein it is proclaimed:"Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the
glory of sons is their fathers…. Behold, Children are agift…; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's
youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them..." (Proverbs 17:6; Psalm 127:3-5).So we aretold one must
“teach to your sons …when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and
when you lie down and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 11:19).Butwhat must a Mason teach his son, his Lewis, his Louveteau?Why the value of 
ingenuity, simplicity
and
unity
toaccomplishmighty tasks, such as the
ingenuity
of theMaster Craftsmeninconstructingthe seven wondersofboththe ancient and modern worlds, the
 simplicity
of Occam inconceivinghis razor to separatingthe wheat fromthe chaffof scientific inquiry and the
unity
of the Lodge inconcentratingthe efforts ofgoodmen from diverseheritages and walks of life,culminating in enhanced
 strength
of character and deed.His Lewis, his Louveteau?Yes the Lewis, or Louveteau inFrench where it means both Lewis, as in English, and Wolf.It exemplifiestheseenlighteningcharacteristicwe Masons endeavor to instill inour
sons. It has been characterized as “
a
 simple
yet
ingenious
device used to raise heavy blocks of stone. It consists of three parts: two wedge-shaped side pieces and a straight center piece that fit together. A dovetailed recess was cut into the top of stone block; the two outer pieces were inserted and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. Once
united 
,
itprovided the
 strength
necessary to lift the heavy stone,"through theattachmentof a hook andpulleyto the cramp atop the Lewis.Because of thesemuchto be emulated characteristics, speculative Masons have figurativelyadopted this
 simple
yet
ingenious,unifying
“mountain moving”
deviceof the operative Masons, as
what a “Son of aMason” is to be called.
In England a Lewiscouldbe initiatedin to the Blue Lodgeat the age of eighteenwhen all others needed to be twenty-
one, and the Lewis is to be “
found among the emblems placed upon
 
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the tracing board of the Entered Apprentice,and is used in that degree as a symbol of strength, because, byits assistance, the operative Mason is enabled to lift the heaviest stones with a comparatively triflingexertion of physical power
.”In France, the “baptism of a L
ouveteau is sometimes performed by the lodge of which his father is amember, with impressive ceremonies. The infant, soon after birth, is taken to the lodge room, where hereceives a Masonic name, differingfrom that which he bears in the world; he is formally adopted by thelodge as one of its children; and should he become an orphan, requiring assistance, he is supported andeducated by the Fraternity, and finally established in life.
Inmoderntimesa Masonicpendant jewelhonoringthe strength of the Masonic bond between a father andson, designated the
 Lewis Jewel,
has been authorizedand ispresented to
a Mason’s
son on becoming aMasonhimself. On the top-
 bar are engraved the Mason Father’s name and d
ate of initiation,andsimilarly
the son’s
information is enteredon the bottom. It has been in use in England and other Jurisdictions underthe United Grand Lodge of England for many decades. The jewel has also been adopted throughoutCanada and in the Jurisdictions of Vermont, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvaniaand others in the United States.
TheBuilder Magazine
ofthe
 National Masonic Research Society
in November 1922 (Vol. VIII, No. 11)recommended
that the Fraternity might wel
l revive the ‘Lewis’
customs
” which “
would have thisadvantage, that it would make for a more compact solidarity and continuity a Freemasonry.
We shouldin all waysencourage young men to follow in the footsteps of their Masonic fathers
(Emphasis added).I strongly endorse this recommendationand hereby
 challengeall Grand Lodges & all Masonic Bodies
to
in all waysencourage young men to follow in the footsteps of their Masonic fathers,
” including
without limitation:a)vigorously adopting and enhancing a
“Lewis Jewel” program
;b)consider adopting a
 Dads &Sons Society
approach as described hereinafter; andc)proactively support Masonic Youth organizations.

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