The 133rd Psalm, when recited by the Initiate, symbolizes unity. It shows a tassel of the fez, which hangs down the beard to the shoulder, a symbol of Brotherly Love who dwells upon the earth as brethren in unity. Both are an essential need for that harmony which must prevail in every successful Masonic lodge, which has guards at its entrance. They are just as necessary for a safe and fruitful session. This Psalm brings out the glories of unity and Freemasonry’s first tenet.
Truth can be said to symbolize divinity. Truth is the foundation of everything that is just. It is what man is constantly seeking. All of us look at everything differently but there is one truth. We are conditioned by our environment, associates, and education. All of us look at life through restricted windows. No two people see exactly the same thing at the same time or ways. What is factual to one, won’t be to another but a fact is a fact, like it or not. So, it is with symbolism. Each will see something different-and rightly so. But the hand that created the symbol knows its true meaning that is what we seek.
The Spirit Of Truth – The Supreme Grand Master: H.E. Dr. Malachi Kobina York(e) 33°/720° Is With us when it comes to the Blue House. We always said The Square Deal. Thats like this is the truth or let me straigthen this out. So we say Square Deal this or that…”Square Me Away”….SGM
Grand Master’s Check Word
Truth is divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true are the first lessons we are taught in Masonry. On this theme we contemplate, and by its dedidates endeavor to regulate our conduct, hence while influenced by this principle, hyprocrisy and deceit are unknown among us. Sincerity and plain dealing (Square Deal, Square Me Away) distinguish us and the heart and tongue join in promoting each others welfare and rejoicing in each others prosperity.
Freemasonry, we say, is founded upon three Grand Principles–Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth which are commonly referred to as the points of our profession. Let us look at the second of these Grand Principles, Relief. In simple terms our early brethren understood Relief to mean the alleviating of the suffering of a brother, or the dependents of a deceased brother, by giving money or sustenance until circumstances improved. In modern terms we see Relief in its wider context of Charity that is not simply providing money to relieve distress but actually caring and giving of our time and talents in the service of our communities as a whole and not just to our brethren and their dependents.
Although Masonic ritual varies between jurisdictions, a consistent message conveyed to every candidate is that Charity is an essential part of Freemasonry. From this philosophy comes much of a ‘Mason’s work’, given freely and willingly. Charity comes in many forms, both large and small. Whether it’s something as simple, but appreciated, as a holiday basket delivered to the sick and shut-in by local Lodge officers, something much larger such as a donation of funds to support a community project or an on-going scholarship fund, or something as enormous as a chain of hospitals which provide totally free care to burned and crippled children, Masons regularly engage in charitable work as part of their Masonic membership.
To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men. To sympathize with them in their misfortunes, to console them in their sorrows and to restore peace to their troubled minds – these are the great aims we have in view. We, as Freemasons, must be alert to recognize these opportunities and offer our services in the way that will best bring relief.