Letter of the month: May 1999
From: "J_Willis_Jr" <J_Willis_Jr@email.msn.com>
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 09:36:07 -0400
I am a high school student doing research on the different customs
and beliefs that are associated with death throughout American history.
Masonry was very popular in the Neo-classic Age of America so I am using
it as my example for the beliefs in the Neo-classic Age. I was
wondering how a typical funeral for a mason would go about. I know that
in the lodge in my town of North Andover, MA the members place an
evergreen sprig on the casket to symbolize everlasting life. Are there
any other traditions involved in the funeral service? Thank you for
To: "J_Willis_Jr" <J_Willis_Jr@email.msn.com>
Subject: Re: question
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 27 May 1999 09:36:07 EDT."
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 12:14:04 EDT
Here is a copy of the funeral
service our lodge uses. There is a longer version in a book called
"The Trestleboard" which our Grand Lodge provides. This version is
basically the same, just a little bit shorter.
Usually, when the family of a deceased Mason has called us to request
a Masonic service, we arrive at the church, synagogue, chapel, or
funeral home about a half-hour early. The Master of the lodge meets
briefly with the widow or family of the deceased brother, and explains a
little bit about our service.
We are given a small private room or office, and as the Masons
arrive, we assemble there. Someone from the lodge brings a number of
our plain white aprons and some small sprigs of an evergreen tree or
shrub. We each put on an apron and take a sprig. Any other Masons
present among the mourners are invited to join in with us.
We open our lodge for a special "emergent" meeting, sometimes
referred to as a "lodge of sorrow".
At the time the service is supposed to start, we go into the funeral
room in a solemn procession, assemble beside the casket, and do our
short (10-15 minute) service before the regular service provided by the
If you have any other questions, please let me know. And would you
kindly send me a copy of your report when it is done?
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