It is recorded of an ancient author, that while apologizing for the imperfections of one of his books, he was interrupted by the inquiry, “Who asked you to write it?” A similar question might be propounded with reference to the following pages; as also, Where was the material obtained? and why is it published? It is proposed briefly to reply to such queries.
In a varied and somewhat extensive masonic experience of twenty years and upward, the writer has been in the habit of amplifying the received lectures in explanation of the ceremonies of the different degrees, and in elucidation of the symbols used, in order more fully to comply with the first desire expressed by every Mason whom he has had the honor to initiate. Old and young have frequently urged that some of those explications should be put on paper that they might become accessible to all. The catechetical rituals now in use are meagre and barren, containing no allusion to some truths which are the very foundation of the system – truths which were first taught in, and then preserved by, and disseminated through the mystic associations of men – truths which all men who love God, their country and their fellow-men must appreciate.
Among the questions and answers in the old rituals were the following: “What is Freemasonry? The science of sciences.
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- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1330023501
- ISBN-13: 978-1330023501
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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