From a Maryland Mason
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 00:40:34 +0000
Earlier today I read your opinion concerning the subject of the "One
My two-fold comment on that opinion is that (1) I am in complete
agreement, and (2) I wish that I had written that piece, because it so
succinctly mirrors my own thoughts in every respect.
"Making One Day Masons almost seems to denigrate the work that
predecessors have done to learn something about the
I received my degrees in Maryland, being raised in 1972, where every
candidate enjoyed the personal privilege of each degree being put on for
him alone, being assigned an instructor who taught the degree work
mouth-to-ear because there were no booklets, and the candidate was
required to demonstrate his proficiency in the preceding degree prior to
advancing, by examination at the altar during open Lodge meetings.
Following his examination, the candidate was removed from the Lodge and
the members present voted on his proficiency by the secret ballot
method. As in other matters of utmost importance, a unanimously
affirmative ballot was an essential ingredient.
I no longer live in Maryland, but it is my information from mailings
that I have received from my Lodge that there have been One Day Masons
made in that state. I am uncertain as to how often that opportunity is
made available, or whether some Lodges have opted out by requiring every
candidate to follow the ancient custom, or whether it was an
experimental thing which has perhaps even been discontinued (I
I truly believe that a candidate is dealt a true disservice by being
afforded opportunity to bypass the progressive manner of receiving the
degrees and attaining proficiency in the degree work before moving
forward. To me that smacks of promoting a Junior Deacon to Worshipful
Master because he was unable or unwilling to expend the time, effort and
energy to learn and work in the several successively senior stations on
his way to the East.
Making One Day Masons almost seems to denigrate the work that
predecessors have done to advance and to LEARN something about the
institution. Life doesn't offer many true shortcuts to success, and I
believe that Masonry shouldn't either.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Centreville, MD Lodge #180 A.F. & A.M.
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