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The Builder Magazine Vol i # Xii

The Builder Magazine Vol i # Xii

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THE BUILDER MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 1915
 VOLUME 1 - NUMBER 12
THE HOUSE OF THE TEMPLE
 BY THE EDITOR  WITH ceremonies solemn and impressive, yet simple in spirit andeloquent in form, the new House of the Temple was dedicated in Washington city, October 18th, the home of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in its Southern Jurisdiction. It was a lovely day, and more than five thousand people, including distinguishedMasons from all over the country, witnessed the consecration of oneof the most unique and imposing build ings on this continent - atonce a monument to the founders of the Order and an emblem of the influence and power of the Rite. As the Grand Prior sprinkledthe oil, consecrating the Temple to "Mutual Concession, CharitableJudgment, and Toleration," a White Dove flew from across thestreet, entered the building, then returned to the bright sunlightamid the acclaim of the assembly who interpreted it as a token inaccord with the Spirit of Masonry and the eternal fitness of things.Our Frontispiece shows the House of the Temple from the outside,and the accompanying illustrations disclose two of its stately chambers; but to describe such a building in a few words is toodaring a thing to attempt. Truly, it is Freemasonry carved in stone; a
 
great Symbol in itself, epitomizing by virtue of its Simplicity inMagnificence, its Grandeur and Beauty of conception, the Faith, thePhilosophy, the Genius and the Prophecy of the Order - cementedhere, once for all, in a noble emblem destined to withstand thestorms of time and the mutations of human tortune. In design it is aSquare crowned by a Triangle, approached by Three, Five, Sevenand Nine steps, its gate guarded by a Sphinx on either side, bespeaking the Wisdom and Power of God; and so it will stand asone generation cometh and another generation goeth, a mute buteloquent witness of the truth that, if Man would build for Eternity,he must imitate on earth the House not made with hands. Withright was it dedicated -"To Purity, Innocence of Act, Word, and Thought; to MutualConcession, Charitable Judgment, and Toleration; to Charity,Compassion, and Sympathy; to Justice, Night, and Truth; toUniversal Benevolence and Good Will Towards Men; to WiseLegislation, Good Faith, Stainless Loyalty, and Honor; a Symbol of Gratitude, Veneration, and Love of God, and a pledge of FutureFidelity and Performance of Duty.Masons of every land, of every Rite, will join in the words of theSovereign Grand Commander - grave words fitly spoken - in whichPrayer is blended with Prophecy, and Aspiration with Resolution, when he said:"May guile and deceit, false pretense and hypocrisy never intrude within these doors; but let there always stand as vigilent tilers,sincerity and frankness, plaindealing and earnestness to forbid theapproach of any unclean visitor. For the increase of loving kindness,
 
 which is the soul of all religion, to be the shrine of honor and duty,inseparable as the Dioscuri; for the glorifying and magnifying of truth, which, sown in whatever barren and rocky soil, springs upand yields a hundredfold for use and blessing; for the conquesteverywhere of the hydra of tolerance, hatred and persecution; fortoleration to which Masonry erects its altars, garlanded with flowers;and to aid in establishing everywhere the dominion of God and faithin human nature, of hope, the chief blessing bestowed by Providence on man, and of charity, divinest of all the virtues, thisHouse of the Temple has been consecrated."
SYMBOLISM, THE HIRAMIC LEGEND, AND THEMASTER'S WORD
 BY BRO. J. OTIS BALL, ILLINOISIt sometimes seems that the foundation of all that has been writtenon any subject may be found in Plato. The careful Emerson says,"Plato only, is entitled to Omar's fanatical remark, 'Burn thelibraries; for their value is in this book.'" In Plato's Phaedrus, wefind the fundamental principles of public address, and one of thefirst principles given, is for the speaker to clearly define his termsin order that there be no misunderstanding or disagreement at thestart.I was very much impressed with Brother Gage's definition of Symbolism at the beginning of his talk on Symbolism of the FirstDegree, and it will probably be well for us to briefly review hisdefinition. We may be able to make it clearer in our minds, or

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