MASONIC MEMORIAL SERVICE
Ann Arbor Masonic Temple
2875 W. Liberty Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
© 2004 Ann Arbor-Fraternity Lodge 262, F&AM
A Model Memorial Service written for Blue Lodges
Adapted from the Michigan Masonic Moniter & Ceremonies
Researched & Edited by Karl
W. Grube, Ph.D.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Masonic Funeral Music, K. 477
Masonic Funeral Music)
Twelve Bells of Masonry – strike 12 chimes
The Bell Tolls! – Brother Ernest Hemmingway)
Brother Masons, Family and Friends,
we are here assembled as Free and Accepted Masons in Memorial Service, to pay
tribute to a beloved Brother and Friend, ____________ who has answered the
Summons of his God, and has preceded us into the everlasting joy and refreshment
of the Great Celestial City, in which, ere long, we shall all be reunited for a
The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is not, nor has it ever professed to
be a religion, and this Memorial Service is not intended to take the place of a
sacred service. However, from time immemorial, each person admitted to its rank
must have professed a belief in Deity, and the lessons taught and virtues
learned in Masonry are firmly founded on a Reverence for things Sacred, an
unshakable Faith in a Creator by Whom all things were made, and from Whom all
Brothers and Friends, it is time-honored custom among the Fraternity of Free and
Accepted Masons, at the request of a Brother, or his family, to provide an
appropriate Memorial Service. In conformity to this custom, we are now
assembled in the character of Masons, to offer up to his memory before the
world, this tribute of our love and affection, thereby demonstrating the
sincerity of our esteem for him.
and the dead are with us again, my Brothers; teaching us the brevity and
uncertainty of human life and the instability of human fortune, and demanding of
us the last sad offers of charity and brotherhood.
beloved Brother ____________, was born in ____________ on ____________. (Anno
Lucis 59__) He first sought Masonic Light in ____________, Free &
Accepted Masons where he received the Entered Apprentice Degree on
____________, he was Passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft on ____________,
and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on ____________.
[Masonic Activities] –
[Family History] – basic
[Career Sketch] – brief
[Eulogy] – The most eloquent brother
called to that Celestial Grand Lodge on _ _________ to join with his
many friends who have gone before him, and set for him a place of honor.
the occasion admonishes us to consider the uncertainty of human life and the
unremittable certainty of death, with equal urgency it graciously invites us to
regard death as the open door through which man passes from his labors on earth
to the nobler service of life in the world to come. We present these Masonic
Emblems as a memento of his service and in his remembrance.
lambskin or white leathern apron is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a
Mason. The white leathern apron is presented in the Entered Apprentice Degree.
This Apron is similar to the one that was presented to Brother _____ on the
night that he received the Entered Apprentice Degree. In this presentation we
are taught that it is yours, to wear through an honorable life, and at our
death, for we are all born to die, that it will be laid upon the casket which
contains your lifeless remains and lowered beneath the silent cods of the
valley. By it we are continually reminded of that purity of life and conduct
so essentially necessary to our gaining admission into the Lodge above, where
the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.” This emblem we now deposit in
memory of our departed Brother.
glove is a symbol of fidelity and is emblematic of the Masonic friendship which
bound us to him, whose memory now lies before us. It reminds us that while
these mortal eyes shall not see him again, yet by the practice of the tenets of
our noble order, and a firm faith, and the steadfast trust in the Supreme
Architect, we hope to clasp once more his vanished hand in friendship and love.
Those whom virtue unites, Death can never, never separate. This glove we now
deposit in his memory.
evergreen, which once marked the temporary resting place of the illustrious
dead, is an emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul. By it, we are
reminded that we have an immortal part within us which survives the grave, and
which shall never, no never die. This, too, we deposit. Alas, my Brother.
Where Hiram Knelt
night I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took an obligation.
Today I'm closer to my God
for I'm a Master Mason.
have lived a moral life
and risen to distinction
without my Brothers helping hand
and the fellowship of Masons.
But the Grand Architect, who knows how hard it is
to resist life's temptations,
knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took that obligation.
For as much as the spirit of our departed brother has returned unto
God, who gave it, we
now commit his memory. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust: looking
resurrection at the last day and the life of the world to come.
Brothers, the last offices which we pay to the dead
serve a three fold purpose. (1) They do reverent honor to a deceased brother.
(2) They are meant to convey to those who feel most keenly this afflictive
dispensation, the blessed assurance of the Grand Architect of the Universe
protecting care, and the alluring hope of a happy reunion in the Celestial City,
whose builder and maker is God. (3) Finally, they constitute a lesson to the
living. It matters not now to him whether three or five have gathered to
perform his memorial, or that hundreds have assembled with the insignia of the
Craft to perform his services. It is of little moment whether the wild winds
chant his requiem or that it be accompanied with rare and costly music and the
minstrelsy of many voices. He has gone to accomplish the destiny of our
fraternity. While we pause to shed a sympathetic tear for our beloved Brother,
let us cast around his foibles, whatever they may have been, the broad mantle of
Masonic Charity, nor withhold from his memory the commendation his virtues
now Brothers, let us ponder well the lessons of this hour. We are born, we
live, and we die. But is death the end of man and the expiring hope of all
faithful Masons? No – blessed be the Grand Architect of the Universe. We pause
not on our first or second step, but true to our profession look forward for
greater light. As the span of our earthly existence is drawing to a close, the
Sacred Book, that Great Light in Masonry removes the dark cloud and bids hope
and joy rise up to cheer and sustain us. It points beyond the grave to the
breaking light of the resurrection morn and the opening scenes of a glorious
my Brothers, let us so live that when our dissolution draws nigh, the entrance
to the dark valley of the shadow of death may be illuminated by the
consciousness of a well-spent life and the hope of a glorious immortality.
now, may the Grand Architect of the Universe, in his infinite goodness, extend a
blessing to him and all of us. So Mote It Be! ……. All
Brothers - SO MOTE IT BE!
commend our deceased Brother to the earth.
hands to elbow level – extend arms – palms down)
treasure his memory in our hearts.
crossed over chest – right over left)
commend his spirit unto the Grand Architect of the Universe who gave it.
arms to 45 degree angle and let fall)
and safe to you, my Brother, be your earthly bed. Bright and glorious be
your rising from it. Fragrant be the acacia’s bloom which here shall
flourish. May the earliest buds of spring unfold their beauties over your
resting place, and here may the fragrance of the summer’s latest rose linger
longest. Though the cold blasts of autumn may lay them in the dust, for a
time, they shall surely bloom again. So in the morning of the world’s
resurrection, your mortal frame, now laid low in the dust by the chilling blasts
of death, shall spring again into newness of life and unfold in immortal
beauties in realms beyond the skies.
Until then dear Brother _______, Fare
(Brothers All) …Fare
THREE RAPS OF THE GAVEL
– Brothers, together join me in Grand Honors for our departed Brother.
And now may the blessings
of the Grand Architect of the Universe rest upon us and all mankind; may
brotherly love prevail throughout the world among Masons and all mankind and
every moral and social virtue cement us, both now and forever more. So Mote It
Be! …….Brothers - SO MOTE IT BE!
This concludes the formal
portion of the Masonic Memorial Service. We would ask that each of you remain
seated while the Masons present pass by and pay their last respects and depart
the room. The family of ____________ would then request that you would join with
them in _______ for some light refreshments.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Masonic Funeral Music, K. 477
Masonic Funeral Music)