Hiram Abiff

The Rosslyn Bones

BY JEFF NISBET

Photographic pioneer and artist Louis Daguerre’s 1824 painting, The Interior of Rosslyn Chapel, shows two workmen crouching by the base of a pillar, with three Templar Knights nearby. One workman is staring intently at some bones they have found beneath the flagstones. For a bizarre example of life imitating art, let’s fast-forward 186 years. On March 1, 2010, Scottish Television reported that workmen at Rosslyn, the chapel made famous by The Da Vinci Code, had discovered remains in an area with no recorded burials. The…

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The Lost Word and the Masonic Quest

BY MARK STAVISH

In classic Masonic initiation the candidate for initiation would be blindfolded for the greater part of the ritual, and only through intense listening to the words of the lodge officers know what was happening. This detail may sound in­significant to anyone who has not undergone the experience, but for those who have, even decades after their initia­tion, entire lines from it are memorable because of the concentration given to what is happening around them. The effects of the denial of the sense of sight, the…

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The Lost Legacy of Freemasonry

JOHN WHITE

Dan Brown’s recent bestselling novel, The Lost Symbol, depicts Freemasonry as having a fundamental role in the founding of America. The “lost” symbol or final secret of Freemasonry as used by Brown in his fast-paced thriller, gives, along the way, very good information about Masonic lore and its role in the formation of our nation. (I speak as a Mason, myself.) Central to it all are images of light, and the answer—during Masonic initiations—which a candi­date gives to the question, “What do you desire most…

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