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The Kentucky KeystoneA Publication of the Grand Chapter of KentuckyRoyal Arch MasonsVolume 30Number 12Message from the Grand High PriestGreetings Companions.Wow! It is amazing thatthis Capitular Year isalmost over. I wouldalmost bet the familyfarm that it was only acouple of months agothat I was installed inthis office; now it's timeto be replaced. I wish tothankallyouCompanions for thecourtesies afforded me during my journey in theChapter line. I can never repay the hospitality,and I thank you for it from the bottom of myheart.Companion Rick has asked me to relieveMEPGHP Tom Bustle as RARA director for theensuing year, as Tom will be the new GrandIllustrious Master of the Council. He has askedus to continue having the Craft be "two-bit"Companions this year and put back a quarter eachweek for the year. If each Companion were to dothis, we would raise 35,000.00 for Royal ArchResearch. Kentucky is one of the leaders indonations to RARA, but 15,000.00 of this isfrom Kosair Charities. We need to pick up ourindividual giving.It is with a heavy heart that I must announce thepassing of PGHP James O. Atwood ofMunfordville on Saturday, August,31. Jim wasGrand High Priest in 2005 and will be sorelymissed by all who knew him. This has been arough year in that we have lost three Past Grands.In closing, I want to again thank the Craft for theopportunity to serve you this year. It is hard tobelieve that an old hillbilly could receive such anhonor, and I will cherish it always. I also wish toSeptember 2019thank all the members of W. R. Selby Sr. Chapterfor having the confidence in me to nominate me forsuch a high office. I hope you were notdisappointed. I must thank all the Past Grands andthe other officers in the Grand Line for their wisecounsel and support this past year. I could not havemade it without you great friends supporting me.I hereby pledge my support to Rick and the otherofficers for the future. I think all will agree that ourCommonwealth's motto says it all. Again, thankyou, God bless you, God bless our belovedfraternity, and God bless the U. S. A.Semper Fraternis,RonGRAND YORK RITE SESSIONSSeptember 15-18, 2019Embassy Suites Lexington1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KYGrand Commandery Annual ConclaveMonday, September 16, 2019Grand Council Annual AssemblyTuesday, September 17, 2019Grand Chapter Annual ConvocationWednesday, September 18, 2019BANQUETSMemorial Service DinnerSunday, September 15, 2019, Dress AttireDinner at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pmGrand York Rite BanquetTuesday, September 17, 2019, Formal AttireDoors open 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

From the Grand Secretary’s DeskFrom the EditorGreetings, Companions!CompanionsSir Knights,andGreetings, we areabout ready to holdour annual grandsessions meetingfor our York Ritehere in Kentuckyand look forwardtoseeingallcompanions andSir Knights. It hasbeen a good year in the York Rite we have createdmany new companions and restored tomembership some companions who have belongedto the York Rite in the past.We have some of our constituent bodies who havenot yet paid their annual assessments; pleaseremember to get these in before sessions. Andplease do not forget the order your meal tickets forthe sessions, as we all know the support of thecompanions and Sir Knights is the engine thatdrives our grand sessions. If you have not alreadyordered tickets please do so as soon as possible inorder that Sir Knight Bill Riggs can give the hotelan accurate count for the meals.Again, Noel and I are looking forward to seeingyou in Lexington at your grand session and wehope that everyone finds our annual meetingenjoyable and fulfilling.Fraternally,James King Jr. Grand Secretary/RecorderYou can reach the Grand York Rite office at 859209-4120.In this month’s edition, we’ve provided a briefreintroduction to the candidates for the bottom ourgrand lines, and in one case, a withdrawal from therace, and it may be news to some of you that we nowhave an announced candidate for the Grand Councilline. Several pages are a repetition of last month –information about our Grand Sessions, legislation,etc.We want to thank those who are finishing up theiryear as head of their respective organizations: RonLedford in Chapter, Charles Durham in Council, andBilly Riggs in Commandery. We appreciate theefforts they have put forth on behalf of Masonry, andYork Rite Masonry in particular this past year. Iknow each of them will continue working for thebetterment of the fraternity. We look forward to whatRick, Tom, and Marvin are going to bring to us overthe next year. The pages of this publication areavailable to each of you to promote your program.Grand Sessions are a bit over a week away. I hope tosee many of you there. I hope to sign up a few moresubscribers for this newsletter while we’re there.We’re over 400 at this point, and I hope you’refinding it worthwhile.I want to thank GHP Ron Ledford for the opportunitythis year to edit the Keystone, and incoming GHPRick Sears for the reappointment. It’s been anexperience, and I have enjoyed it. I would also liketo thank our former editor Mike Grigsby for hissupport and encouragement. Companions, yourcontinued support through photos and articles, andencouraging words, are welcome and solicited.We also want to express our condolences to thefamily of PGHP James O. Atwood. CompanionJames will be greatly missed. He has long been anactive participant in Grand Chapter and in GlasgowYork Rite. I have been privileged to visit Glasgow ona number of occasions, and James was always therewith a welcoming handshake and a smile.Fraternally,Randall Partin, Editor

CANDIDATES COLUMNThe following have announced their candidacy for office to one of the Grand York Rite bodies. We areproviding brief resumes of each. Each candidate was offered the opportunity to submit a statement as totheir goals and plans if elected. The candidates are placed in the order the announcements were received,with no intentional preferment by the Kentucky Keystone.GRAND CHAPTER OF KENTUCKY, RAMCandidate for Grand Captain of the HostNicholas (Nick) Ryan SimpsonThe following statement was received from Companion Simpson.Greetings Companions,I hope your Capitular year has treated you well and you are eagerlyawaiting Grand Session. It has been a distinct honor for me to servethis Grand Body in the capacity of Deputy Grand High Priest forwhat is now Area 8 and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time visitingamongst the various Chapters in this state.It is with some regret that I must withdraw from the runningfor the office of Grand Captain of the Host for this upcoming Capitular election.Things have arisen in my professional life that have necessitated my re-entry into school, which has greatlyaffected my ability to give the amount of time and focus the Grand Chapter requires to adequately fulfillthe duties effectively.I however only have some regret because we have a more than qualified candidate in Companion GregRaque who will be a superb Grand Captain of the Host and serve this grand body well in the coming years.I plan to still be active in my local area and will continue to serve this grand body to the best of my abilityin the years ahead as called upon.It has been a pleasure to be among the craft this year and I wish you all well.FraternallyNicholas R. Simpson

GRAND CHAPTER OF KENTUCKY, RAMCandidate for Grand Captain of the HostGregory (Greg) Alan RaqueRaised: November 11, 1997Fern Creek Lodge # 955Affiliated with St Matthews #906 8/26/99Master: 2000, St Matthews #906Exalted: September 09, 1998Iroquois Chapter No. 193High Priest: 2002Greeted: October 14, 1998Sword and Trowel Council No. 111Illustrious Master: 2001-2Knighted: 1998Jefferson Commandery No. 52Commander: 2002Current Secretary/RecorderGrand Sentinel of all York Rite bodies2002-2008Member of KYCH, York Rite CollegeRetired Police Officer, Louisville MetroCandidate’s statementI’d like to first thank all for their hospitality this year while I’ve been out visiting. Its been great seeingold friends and making new ones.It’s my goal if elected to set an example for others to follow. To attempt to lead my companions whilemaintaining the highest standards of Capitular Masonry. To build our August body by showing pride inour work and looking ahead to the best possibles of our future, continuing to working together as a UnitedYork Rite of Freemasonry.

GRAND COUNCIL OF KENTUCKY, RSMCandidate for Grand Captain of the GuardRussell Eric Creech, SrRaised: December 5, 1998Fort Thomas #808Master 2004, 2007Affiliated with Good Faith #95 02/10/10Master 2012, 2013, 2016Affiliated with William O Ware #999 8/28/12Exalted: March 18, 1999Ft. Thomas Chapter # 177High Priest: 2009Greeted: April 10, 1999Jeffries Council # 33Illustrious Master: 2011Knighted: 1999Covington Commandery No. 7

GRAND COMMANDERY OF KENTUCKY, KNIGHTS TEMPLARCandidate for Grand Captain GeneralDonald Lee (Don) PowellRaised: November 10, 1973Stanton Lodge # 352Master 1977Affiliated with Winchester #20 08/03/04Master 2012Exalted: 1976Red River Chapter #191High Priest 1986Affiliated with Winchester #12Affiliated with Irvine Chapter #42Past High PriestGreeted: November 13, 1976Irvin Council # 92Illustrious Master 1980Dual Member Winchester Council #75Knighted: 1976Winchester Commandery No. 30Commander: 1982, 2004, 2005Affiliated with Cynthiana Commandery #16Commander 3 timesGrand High Priest, 2007District Deputy Grand High Priest 1991, 2004District Deputy Grand Master 1981Masonic Homes Ambassador 2007 - presentMember of: Kentucky Priory #25, KYCH,Past Prior Blue Grass York Rite CollegeKnight Templar PriestsAllied Masonic DegreesKnight MasonsEaster StarLexington Scottish RiteRetired Tool and Die MakerReal Estate AgentSecurity Officer

GRAND COMMANDERY OF KENTUCKY KTCandidate for Grand Captain GeneralMiles Ryon WardRaised: March 26, 1999Clinton Lodge #82Master 2004Affiliated with Shady Grove #559 08/19/06Master 2018Exalted: July 10, 1999Clay Chapter # 28High Priest 2001, 2002, 2004Current memberships Oriental #14, Lindsey #69, andMadisonville #123Greeted: July 10, 1999Princeton Council # 43Illustrious Master: 2002, 2005, 2006Current memberships Warren #2, Mayfield #39,A. E. Orton #93Knighted: July 10, 1999Princeton Commandery #35Commander 2000, 2002, 2004Currently Chaplain/Prelate of Princeton bodiesDeputy Grand High Priest 2016 – PresentGrand Conductor of the Council 2016Secretary of Shady Grove since 2012Treasurer Kentucke Council Knight MasonsOther memberships includeWestern Kentucky York Rite CollegeSouth Central Kentucky AMDRizpah ShrineMadisonville Scottish RiteMiles has a BA in Theology and a Masters in ChristianCounseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary.He is co-owner of Mighty Cleen, a commercialcleaning business.

The men poised to become Grand High Priest, Grand Illustrious Master,and Grand Commander.Rick SearsGrand KingGrand Chapter of KentuckyRoyal Arch MasonsTom BustleDeputy Grand MasterGrand Council of Kentucky,Royal and Select MastersMarvin S. BlaineDeputy Grand CommanderGrand Commandery ofKnights Templar of Kentucky

Continuing the York Rite JourneyRichmond Commandery No 19 Order of the Temple, August 6, 2019Prestonsburg Chapter #182 Outdoor Conferral August 17, 2019Five new Royal Arch Masons exalted at the 3rd Annual Prestonsburg All Chapter Outdoor Degrees. They were fromPrestonsburg, Paintsville, and Jackson Chapters. The Degrees were performed by Prestonsburg, Paintsville, andMorehead Chapters. (Submitted by Chris Griffith, photo Anthony Skeans)

Continuing the York Rite JourneyKing Solomon Chapter No. 5 and Iroquois Chapter No 193 Royal Arch Degree, August 21. Photo Greg RaqueCandidates at Williamsburg festival, August 24, 2019.

Candidates, cast and crew at Williamsburg festival on August 24, 2019Thanks to Matt Lewis, Tom Bustle, Mike McQueary, Bill Riggs, Steve Talbot, Eric Creech Sr., Gregory T.England, Jim Fletcher, all of whom traveled far, and early, to assist us in making this a very good day forour candidates. Especially, thanks to all our guys who came out to help and support. The work was welldone, start to finish. We were honored by the presence, and excellent ritual work of two Past Grand HighPriests, a Past Grand Illustrious Master and three of the current elective Council line, and two Past and thecurrent Grand Commander.Winchester York sburg festivalheld on August 24.Shown from left are:Terry Muncy, ScottEngland,JamesHughbanks, and theWinchester HP, IM,and EC Steve Talbott.(submitted by SteveTalbott)

Mark and Past Master Degrees at Richmond Chapter on September 5, 2019 (photo Matthew Kirby)Most Excellent Master degree at Taylorsville Chapter, Saturday September 5, 2019

James Odell AtwoodMay 03, 1939 - August 31, 2019Past Grand High PriestGrand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons2005 – 2006James Odell Atwood age 80 of Munfordville passed awaySaturday, August 31st at the Medical Center in BowlingGreen. James was born in Jefferson County to the late JamesThomas & Mary Helen Holtsclaw Atwood. He was a retiredmail carrier and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.Companion James was raised a Master Mason on March 23, 1991 in Green River Lodge No. 88.He would later affiliate with Bear Wallow No. 231 where he would serve as Master in 1996 andas Treasurer from 2009 until his death.James became a member of the Glasgow York Rite bodies on October 28, 1995, where he servedas High Priest of Glasgow Chapter No. 45 in 1997, Illustrious Master of Glasgow Council No. 11in 1996, and Commander of Glasgow Commandery No. 36 in 1998. In 2002 he was elected GrandCaptain of the Host of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons, and proceededthrough the lines until he was elected Grand High Priest at the annual session in September of2005. He remained an active member of the York Rite bodies of Glasgow, serving asSecretary/Recorder for a number of years.He was preceded in death by a son David Atwood and a daughter Paula ReamsJames is survived by his wife, Carol Jones Atwood; sons James O. Atwood, Jr. of Gilbert, SC andMichael Pedigo of Hardyville; daughter, Ann Atwood Simmons of Carson City, Nevada; sisterJudy Napper of Cave City; grandchildren Lyndsey Simmons, David Atwood, Shanay Simmons,Iris Reams, Wallace Reams and Kelcie Pedigo; and great-granddaughter Mila Atwood.Funeral services were held at 1pm Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the chapel of Sego Funeral Home withburial in the Magnolia Cemetery.

65 YEARS A YORK RITE MASONPast Grand Commander Alan Winkenhofer, far left, and Past Grand Master Harold Armstrong, far right, presentingto Sir Knight Robert Thomas Schaefer and his wife Virginia his 65th Anniversary Service Award for the York RiteBodies in Lebanon Kentucky. Brother Armstrong is the current Commander for Marion Commandery #24 inLebanon. Sir Knight Schaefer is a Veteran and served 22 months as a prisoner of war in Korea. A true Masondeserving of all honors. (Submitted by Harold Armstrong)Sir Knight Schaefer was initiated in December of 1953 and raised on February 18, 1954 in Lebanon Lodge No 87where he remains a member. He joined the Lebanon York Rite bodies that same year, being dubbed a knight onNovember 23, 1954. Congratulation to Companion and Sir Knight Schaefer on achieving this very significantmilestone.

Grand Commander’s MessageThank YouPresenting KTEF Life Membership Certificatesin Duffield No. 42 in HarlanCompanions and Sir Knights,as my term as your GrandCommander comes to an end,I want to take the opportunityto thank you for everythingeach of you have done for ourFraternity this year. TheGrand Officers, both electedand appointed, the Division Commanders, theofficers of the constituent Commanderies, allworked hard for the betterment of Freemasonrythis year and I want to acknowledge them for theirefforts and thank them.To my counterparts, Gary, Charlie and Ron.Thank you to Most Worshipful Grand Master GaryRose for allowing our presentations at the DistrictMeetings, his complete support for York RiteMasonry. And although his schedule was alwaysfull, when needed, he found time to help knight adear and worthy Knight into our Order. Thank you,Most Worshipful Sir.To Charlie and Ron. The dedication that you bothdisplayed is a true testament of your love for ourbeloved York Rite. You each travel extensivelyand always represented your respective Body inthe finest possible manner. I’m proud to have hadthe opportunity to serve with you during your termof office.To the Grand Recorder and staff. Thank you!Your professionalism and commitment are, for themost part taken for granted, but always greatlyappreciated.Sir Knights I’ll never forget you for providing methis wonderful opportunity.Courteously,J. William Riggs, KCTGrand CommanderAbove, Delbert Jackson and J William Riggs, GrandCommander; below, Reed Jackson, left, receivingcertificate, David Gross, center, and J. WilliamRiggs, Grand Commander, right.

From the CryptMessage from Most Illustrious Grand MasterCharles Durham. The following is a reprint from lastmonth’s edition concerning the financial condition ofthe Grand Council, and the necessity of a duesincrease.Companions:The Grand Council elected officers have examinedour current financial direction and feel that we needto address the situation at our Grand Session.In the past several years, we have utilized anunforeseen inheritance grant to shore up our financialpicture. This grant is nearly depleted and we are inneed of additional funding to continue at our regularrate of operation. Least we would have to removemonies from the Permanent Fund for operationalexpenses, we believe a dues increase is the most Companion Richard Miller of Owensboro Council #34logical way to effect this need. As it has been several receives his Council Proficiency from MIGM Charles Durham.years since our last increase, and since the proposedamount of 5.00 is less than the cost of a Coke & BigMac, the united Grand Council Line is favorablyrecommending this increase.We thank you for YOUR consideration.Charles A. Durham, MIGMThe Following Legislation has been submittedby Deputy Grand Master Thomas E. Bustle toamend the Grand Council PandectWe propose that the Grand Council of KentuckyPandect Bylaws Amendment D. Grand CouncilDues Which now reads:D. GRAND COUNCIL DUESThe dues payable to the Grand Council are 13.00per member plus General Grand Council Dues.Be amended to read:D. GRAND COUNCIL DUES.The dues payable to the Grand Council ofKentucky R&SM are 18 plus General GrandCouncil dues per member.Grand Illustrious Master Charles Durham presenting Cards,Pins & Certificates to Companions achieving Proficiency whilevisiting at Harry F. Walters Council #101 on September 5,2019. From left, George F. Brooks Jr. (Frankfort Council #5),Bill Brown, 5th Grand Arch Deputy, Grand Master CharlesDurham, and Joseph P. Giles (Harry F. Walters Council #101.

Proposed LegislationThe Following Legislation has been submittedby Louisville DeMolay Commandery to amendthe Constitution of the Grand Commandery.Present regulation or guiding authoritySection 27. AWARDS(a) Knight Templar Cross of Honor(1) The Grand Encampment Knight TemplarCross of Honor nominee shall berecommended from nominations receivedfrom the Constituent Commanderies to theGrand Commander, who must approve therecommendation before it is forwarded to theGrand Encampment.(2) This award shall be given for exceptionalservice above and beyond what isgenerally performed by a Sir Knight.(3) Only one, (1) nomination may be receivedfrom each Constituent Commandery eachTemplar year.(4) Only one, (1) recipient shall berecommended to Grand Encampment fromthe nominations received.(b) Conrad Cates Service Award(1) The Grand Commandery of Kentuckyshall have a Distinguished ServiceAward to be known as the Conrad CatesService Award.(2) The recipient shall be recommendedby the Awards Committee to theGrand Commander for his approval.(3) This award shall be given for exemplaryservice to the Grand Commandery ofKentucky.Section 27 would be a new SectionRegulations governing the Templar Cross of Honor areset out in the Grand Encampment Constitution in Section237(b). Pertinent sections are as follows:(b) A nomination for the award shall be madeby the Commandery of which the nominee isa member, by a motion adopted by theCommandery and must be submitted in writingand approved by the Grand Commander of the respectivestate and must give his name, address, Masonic rank,name of hisCommandery and particularsoutlining the nature of his meritorious service,thus justifying the nomination.(c) The award shall be made only for exceptional andmeritorious service rendered to the Order, far beyond thecall of duty, and beyond the service usually expected ofan officer or member.(d) One nomination may be made from each GrandCommandery, regardless of the number of members, plusone additional nomination may be made from a GrandCommandery for each 5,000 members or major fractionthereof, during any one year.Current guidelines for awarding the Conrad CatesAward are found in the 1994 Proceedings.CONRAD H. CATES DISTINGUISHED SERVICEAWARDThe Grand Commandery of Kentucky Knights Templarhereby establishes the Conrad H. Cates Service Award. Itmay be given at the Annual Conclave of the GrandCommandery at the descension of an Awards Committeeset up for that purpose. No more than one award may begiven in any single year and it does not necessarily haveto be given every year.The award is given for service to the Grand Commanderyof Kentucky Knights Templar for service above and

(4) The award shall consist of a white bar witha small gold star in the center to be wornon the left breast of the uniform, above thepocket and either beside or above theMilitary Service Medal and / or the KnightYork Cross of Honor Medal.beyond the call of duty. It is expected that this awardwould be given in recognition of such outstanding serviceover a long and sustained period of time by individual SirKnights not necessarily in connection with a particularoffice or committee, but in recognition of total serviceand dedication to this Grand Commandery.(5) There may be only one nomination formeach Constituent Commandery eachTemplar year.The award shall be an engraved silver tray paid for by theGrand Commandery. It is the obligation of the GrandCommandery to secure the award each year that it ispresented.(6) There can be only one recipient of thisaward each year.(c) Grand Commanders Award(1) There shall be established an award,referred to as the Grand CommandersGold Star Award.(2) This award shall be given solely at thediscretion of the Grand Commander forservice rendered to either him or to theGrand Commandery of Kentucky.(3) The award shall consist of a single goldstar to be worn on the left breast of theuniform, above the pocket and above theMilitary Service Medal and / or the KnightYork Cross of Honor Medal. This award isto be deemed a Meritorious Service Awardfor the Grand Commandery of Kentucky.The award is chosen by a committee consisting of the twoimmediate Past Grand Commanders and the currentGrand Commander. Each of them will have an equalvote. In case that one of the two Past Grand Commandersshall not be available to serve on the committee, thecurrent Grand Commander shall fill the vacancy for thatyear.The award was first presented in 1992 and named inhonor of Senior Past Grand Commander Conrad HotopCates, Past Commander of Elizabethtown CommanderyNo. 37 (now Conrad H. Cates Commandery No. 37)The Grand Commanders Award would be a new awardThe section on Shoulder Cords only moves the ShoulderCord portion to the new Section 27. The wording isunchanged.(4) There shall be no nominations for thisaward, as it is at the sole discretion of theGrand Commander.(5) The award shall be open to any and all SirKnights of the Grand Commandery ofKentucky.(6) Up to, but no more than ten, (10) suchawards may be given in any Templar year.(d) Shoulder Cords (This portion would be removedfrom Section 22 (b) and become part of Section 27.)Sunday September 8 at 2 PM the RoyalArch Masonic Riders Association Chapter willbe meeting at the Meijers Gas Station at 2013Lantern Ridge Rd, Richmond, KY to take a 13year-old young man by the name of Cody, whosuffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, on amotorcycle ride. Cody loves motorcycles andwants to ride! So PLEASE come out and help usgive this young man the time of his life!

GRAND COMMANDERY OF KENTUCKYHOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE COMMITTEETEN FOR TEN CAMPAIGNWhat it is – an opportunity for you to contribute to the Holy Land PilgrimageFund and the Knights Templar Eye FoundationHow does it work – You donate 10 per month for 10 months, or a one-timecontribution of 100What you get – a Life Membership in the Holy Land Pilgrimage Fund- a Life Membership in the Knights Templar Eye Foundation- a Holy Land Pilgrimage polo shirtOur goals –-to send a Christian minister to the Holy Land every yearto have every knight in Kentucky become a member of theKnights Templar Eye FoundationHow you can participate –send donations toLarry CartePO Box 2045Williamsburg, KY 40769On receipt of the full amount ( 100), the life memberships will be purchased inyour name, and the shirt mailed to you.For questions or additional information, contact Past Grand Commander LarryCarte at 606-425-6989


THE MORE YOU KNOW The following is a brief explanation of thesymbolism of the Temple, not only that ofSolomon’s Temple of the Symbolic Lodge, but alsoZerubbabel’s Temple of the Royal Arch. It is takenfrom Dr. Albert Mackey’s ‘Encyclopedia ofFreemasonry’Symbolism of the TempleOf all the objects which constitute the Masonicscience of symbolism, the most important, the mostcherished by Masons, and by far the mostsignificant, is the Temple of Jerusalem. Thespiritualizing of the Temple is the first, the mostprominent, and the most pervading of all symbolsof Freemasonry. It is that which most emphaticallygives it its religious character. Take fromFreemasonry its dependence on the Temple; leaveout of its ritual all reference to that sacred edifice,and to the legends and traditions connected with it,and the system itself would at once decay and die,or at best remain only as some fossilized bone,serving merely to show the nature of the once livingbody to which it had belonged.Temple worship is in itself an ancient type of thereligious sentiment in its progress towards spiritualelevation. As soon as a nation emerged out ofFeticism, or the worship of visible objects, which isthe most degraded form of idolatry, its peoplebegan to establish a priesthood, and to erecttemples. The Goths, the Celts, the Egyptians, andthe Greeks, however much they may have differedin the ritual, and in the objects of their polytheisticworship, were all in the possession of priests and oftemples. The Jews, complying with this law of ourreligious nature, first constructed their tabernacle,or portable temple, and then, when time ic worship to that more permanentedifice which towered in all its magnificence abovethe pinnacle of Mount Moriah. The mosque of theMohammedan and the church or chapel of theChristian is but an embodiment of the same idea oftemple worship in a simpler form.The adaptation, therefore, of the Temple ofJerusalem to a science of symbolism, would be aneasy task to the mind of those Jews and Tyrians(continued top next column)who were engaged in its construction. Doubtless, atits original conception, the idea of this templesymbolism was rude and unembellished. It was to beperfected and polished only by future aggregations ofsucceeding intellects. And yet no biblical nor Masonicscholar will venture to deny that there was, in themode of building and in all the circumstancesconnected with the construction of King Solomon'sTemple, an apparent design to establish a foundationfor symbolism.The Freemasons have, at all events, seized withavidity the idea of representing in their symboliclanguage the interior and spiritual man by a materialtemple. They have the doctrine of the great Apostle ofthe Gentiles, who has said, " Know ye are the templeof God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you."The great body of the Masonic craft, looking only tothis first Temple erected by the wisdom of KingSolomon, make it the symbol of life ; and as the greatobject of Masonry is the search after truth, they aredirected to build up this temple as a fitting receptaclefor truth when found, a place where it may dwell, justas the ancient Jews built up their great Temple as adwelling-place for Him who is the author of all truth.To the Master Mason, this Temple of Solomon is trulythe symbol of human life; for, like life, it was to haveits end. For four centuries it glittered on the hills ofJerusalem in all its gorgeous magnificence; now,under some pious descendant of the wise king ofIsrael, the spot from whose altars arose the burntofferings to a living God, and now polluted by somerecreant monarch of Judah to the service of Baal; untilat length it received the divine punishment throughthe mighty king of Babylon, and, having beendespoiled of all its treasures, was burnt to the ground,so that nothing was left of all its splendor but asmouldering heap of ashes. Variable in its purposes,evanescent in its existence, now a gorgeous pile ofarchitectural beauty, and anon a ruin over which theresistless power of fire has passed, it becomes a fitsymbol of human life occupied in the search afterdivine truth, which is nowhere to be found ; nowsinning and now repentant; now vigorous with healthand strength, and anon a senseless and decayingcorpse.Such is the symbolism of the first Temple, that ofSolomon, as familiar to the class of Master Masons;(continued next page)

But there is a second and higher class of theFraternity, the Masons of the Royal Arch, by whomthis temple symbolism is still further devel

Embassy Suites Lexington 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY Grand Commandery Annual Conclave Monday, September 16, 2019 Grand Council Annual Assembly Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Grand Chapter Annual Convocation Wednesday, September 18, 2019 BANQUETS Memorial Service Dinner Sunday, September 15, 2019, Dress Attire Dinner at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm

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