"Freemasonry is about CHARACTER and INTEGRITY, not CONVENIENCE."

What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the largest and oldest secular fraternal order in the world, crossing all religious boundaries to bring men together of all countries, sects, and opinion in peace and harmony. It is a universal brotherhood, dedicated to serving the divine by service to family, country, and mankind.

-Freemason Information

Stated Meetings

We meet every Second (2nd) Saturday of the Month starting 4:00 PM at Pintong Bato Lodge No. 9 Masonic Temple, Bacoor, Cavite.

Lodge Officers for Masonic Year 2008-2009

Worshipful Master ----- VW Rafael A. Velasquez GJD
Senior Warden -----------
Bro. Napoleon A. Monsod
Junior Warden ----------- Bro. Sherwin E. Foronda
Treasurer---------------- Bro. Eleuterio M. Ulatan
Secretary ---------------VW Federico M. Aquino PDGL

Auditor ------------------ VW Roberto J. Landas PDGL
Chaplain ----------------- Bro. Alfredo Torrijos
Marshal -----------------
Bro. Rodolfo R. Almeda
Senior Deacon ----------- Bro. Jaime Patani, Jr
Junior Deacon ----------- Bro. Ryan P. Causaren
Orator ------------------- WB Manuel C. Lazaro
VW Evaristo del Mundo, PGSB
Almoner---------------- Bro. Egbert Middel
Master of Banquet--------Bro. Federico E. Miranda
Bible bearer---------------Bro. Secinando Papa
Lecturer ----------------VW Conrado R. Barcega PDGL
Custodian of Works -- ---
VW Conrado R. Barcega PDGL
Building Custodian----VW Valeriano M. Espiritu PDGM
Historians---------------
VW Conrado R. Barcega PDGL
VW Federico M. Aquino PDGL
Senior Steward ---------- Bro. Steve Isip
Junior Steward ----------- Bro. Ricardo M. Odulio
Organist ------------------ Bro. Renato C. Ordonez
Tyler ----------------WB Lamberto P. Binuncal PM
WHAT MAKES A MAN A MASON?
By George M. Free

What makes a man a Mason,O brother of mine?
It isn’t the due guard, nor is it the sign,
It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast
It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed.

It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor the grip,
Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,
Nor yet the possession of that mystic word
On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,
They don’t make a Mason,O brother of mine.
That you to your swornobligation are true
'Tis that, brother mine,makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard and trust,
With lodge and with brother be honest and just,
Assist the deserving who cry in their need,
Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed.

Support he who falters, with hope banish fear,
And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear.
Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,
And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try,
The gavel of vices with courage apply;
Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,
On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come.

The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide,
The compass your passions shut safely inside;
The stone which the Architect placed in your care,
Must pass the strict test of His unerring square.

And then you will meet with approval divine,
And you’ll be a Mason,O brother of mine.

Friday, April 4, 2008

THE TYLER AND THE TYLER'S OATH


Who is the Tyler? Of course we are all familiar with what he does and where he is stationed in the lodge...He is the brother "without the door armed with proper implements of his office". But what is a Tyler's oath and why is there such a thing? It's what I love about Freemasonry, its rich collections of customs, traditions, rituals, and of course secrets. Indeed not every mason knows that there is such a thing as a Tyler's Oath. I dont remember it being part of any of our lectures, nor was it delivered in any way during the course of any masonic education. Here, we can learn more about the our brother Tyler, and what he does, and of course about The Tyler's Oath.




Historically, we know that the medieval operative craft guilds jealously guarded their trade secrets. They would post a sentry outside the meeting place to protect it from inspection or intrusion by the uninitiated. He was known as an "outer guard", "guarder" or "doorkeeper" and often was the most junior apprentice, who was not eligible to attend the trade discussions.



From a Masonic perspective, the tyler continued this "guarding" tradition. In the 1723 "First Book of Constitutions", Dr. James Anderson mentioned "another brother to look after the door, but shall not be a member of it" and in Regulation XXVI charged the use of "porters or doorkeepers." The English Grand Lodge, in 1728, ascribed him more importance as an "officer who kept the door" and in its minutes of June 8, 1732, initially referred to his specific title as "the Tyler." In 1738 he was described as "brother the doorkeeper to lock up all aprons." The word "tyler" first appeared in print in new Regulation XXVI of the 1738 "Second Book of Constitutions." Here Anderson recalled "Old Regulation XIII" of the first Grand Lodge of 17l7, which required that "another brother and Master Mason, should be appointed the Tyler, to look after the door." And so our ritual today tells us that he is "a brother without the door."



The ritual tells us that he is "armed with the proper implement of his office", not only to ward off potential intruders but also to symbolically guard the Book of Constitutions from alteration. This was described as "a sharp instrument', initially a pointed trowel and later a sword. It gave him such great authority that even our military brethren of yesteryear were required to relinquish their swords before entering the lodge room. Today our tyler uses only an emblem of his position, a single unsheathed sword. However in other jurisdictions it may be crossed swords, right over left. Before opening some English lodges, a sword lies on the Master's pedestal. At the proper moment, the tyler is summoned into the lodge and must answer certain questions as to his place and duties. Then the Master hands him the sword, investing him with the power to ward off intruders and "suffer none to pass but such as were duly qualified." It is interesting that English, Irish and Scottish lodges have an "Inner Guard" posted within the lodge room door, under the direction of the Junior Warden. He shares responsibilities with the tyler, monitoring member's entry and exit, announcing visitors and advising entrants as to which degree the lodge is working on.



Who is this tyler and what are his duties? He is appointed to his office and compensated for his duties and "lonely position." He is a Master Mason, usually a Past Master, who is respected and well-informed in Masonic law and custom. His qualities must include a good memory, trustworthiness, dignity, geniality, understanding, sympathy, patience and dedication. He need not be a member of the lodge, but if so, has the right to debate and vote. He recognizes and greets the brethren, assuring that they are "duly qualified" by being clean, not inebriated and properly clothed with aprons. He is a "one-man welcoming committee' for visitors, giving them the first and most important impression of his lodge. He assures that members and visitors sign the "Tyler's Register." In the old days, when taverns and other non-permanent places were used, it was the tyler's charge to "form" or "draw" the lodge with chalk and charcoal. Within a rectangle he displayed various Masonic emblems of the proper degree level. His classical duties included the preparation and service of notices and summonses. He had the key to the "apron box" and was in charge of the lodge's possessions, arranging them properly for upcoming meetings and securing them afterwards. He gave notice of the times of "calling on" and "calling off", oversaw the proper preparation of candidates and even collected visitor's dinner fees! The special "Tyler's Knock" signals the lodge already in-session that a qualified brother requests admission. He will refuse entry to anyone whom he does not personally recognize or who cannot be "properly vouched for" by another brother. If this visitor is subsequently cleared by an ad-hoc examining committee, he will administer the "Tyler's Oath."



THE TYLER'S OATH

"I.... do hereby and hereon solemnly and sincerely swear that I have been regularly initiated, passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in a just and legally constituted lodge of such; that I do not stand suspended or expelled, and I know of no reason why I should not hold Masonic Communication with my brethren."




So there it is, the "Tyler's Oath". It ascertains that the brother was "regularly" initiated, passed and raised in a "just and legally-constituted lodge", that he stands not suspended or expelled from his own lodge, and that there is no other reason why he cannot hold Masonic communication with the brethren of the lodge. In short, it is the access code on which a visiting brother master mason may gain admission into a lodge.




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