TYLER’S PEDAGOGY

 

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., 32°, Tyler

Ann Arbor Fraternity Lodge No. 262

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 The term "Intender" has its historical roots in the old operative Lodges of Scotland. The “Intender” or mentor was entrusted with the instruction of new candidates.  During The 1600’s, to “intend" meant to stretch out, extend, expand, increase, intensify. Today, the “education officer” of the lodge is charged with the task of imparting the basic knowledge of Masonry’s history and ritual.  To this end, the Tyler of this Lodge has written a series of Q & A defining the essence of the Masonic Degrees. 

 

MASONIC MEMORY-BUILDERS:

 

1. A special class of builders who designed cathedrals, churches, mansions, and borough halls during the Middle Ages were _______.

 

Freemasons

 

2. _______ belonged to building crafts consisting of quarrymen, dike builders, wallers, tilers, paviors, and other skilled labors.

 

Masons

 

3. _______ projects required Freemasons and Masons from distant lands who assembled onsite and first built a fraternity lodge, homes, and barns.

 

Cathedral

 

4. Freemasons and Masons were _______ Builders of architectural structures during the Middle Ages.

 

Operative

 

5. Lodges admitted _______ men who did not follow a Freemasonry livelihood.

 

"Accepted" or Speculative

 

6. The words "Free and Accepted" Masons comes from _______ and Speculative Masonry.

 

Operative

 

7. In 1717 the first Grand Lodge of Masonry was established in ________.

 

England

 

8. Free & Accepted Masonry as practiced in worldwide lodges today is a _______ for men.

 

fraternity

 

9. Ancient Craft Masonry is organized into Grand Lodges and _______.

 

local lodges

 

10. A Mason must believe in _______ but is free to choose any religion with such a belief.

 

God

 

11. A _______ is obliged to obey the Moral Law being Men of Honour and Honestry.

 

Mason

 

12. Freemasonry is a Fraternity whereby all _______ matters lie outside its prudent forethought.

 

theology

 

13. A _______ seeks membership to Masonry of his own free will and accord.

 

petitioner

 

14. Masonry is open to the _______ as evidenced by the 200,000 books published on the craft.

 

public

 

15. Masonic Degrees are the organization of ceremonies and rites passed through by the _______.

 

candidate

 

16. G.A.O.T.U. stands for The Great Architect Of the Universe and creates a great humility for the _______.

 

divine

 

17. The symbolic working tools of a _______ are the Plumb, Square, and Compass.

 

Master Mason

 

18. Masonic _______ include, brotherliness, charity, good will, fellowship, friendship, and character.

 

Values

 

19. Rites, symbols, postures, emblems, and signs are _______ between Brother Masons.

 

communication tools

 

20. _______ was Master of his Lodge in Virginia upon ascending to the Presidency in 1789.

 

George Washington

 

21. _______ published the first Masonic book in 1734.

 

Benjamin Franklin

 

22. G.A.O.T.U. stand for _________.

 

Great Architect of the Universe

 

23. The three degrees of Ancient Craft Freemasonry compose the _______.

 

ritual

 

24. A _______ must be of lawful age; morally responsible; and ethically of good report.

 

petitioner

 

25. A petitioner must come of his own _______and accord.

 

free will

 

26. A petitioner physically must perform Masonic duties; possess _______ means for his expenses; and be acceptable to men in the lodge.

 

monetary

 

27. The Principle of _______ is fundamental to Masons in all lands.

 

Universality

 

28. Napolean, Mozart, and Frederick the Great and were active Masonic _______.

 

Brothers

 

29. Freemasonry is depicted as a _______ in Webster's Dictionary.

 

noun

 

30. _______ understand the "practice of fraternalism" better than any other organization.

 

Masons

 

31. Freemasonry is a Constituted _______ of men.

 

Fraternity

 

32. The Grand Lodge of Michigan is housed in the _______ Masonic Temple.

 

Grand Rapids

 

Reference:  INTERESTING FACTS OF FREEMASONRY  Grand Lodge of Michigan Masons  1976.

 

ENTERED APPRENTICE

The Apprentice of Operative Masonry was a young man tied to a Master Mason for the purpose of learning the art of building. When he qualified, his name was entered onto the rolls of the Lodge with specific conduct expected. He qualified for advancement by presenting his work for inspection and undergoing examination.

1. The EA first confronts the _______.

Tyler

2. The _______ symbolizes leaving the dirt of the world outside the temple.

absent shoe

3. The _______ symbolizes initial self-restraint of the candidate.

Cabletow

4. The _______ symbolizes our devotion to the Grand Architect of the Universe.

Alter

5. The Three Great Lights of Masonry are the _______.

Bible, Square, Compass

6. The Lodge orientation of east to west and north to south is symbolic of _______.

universality

7. The Worshipful Master's Jewel is the _______.

Square

The Senior Warden's Jewel is the _______.

Level

8. The Junior Warden's Jewel is the _______

Plumb

9. The tools of the EA are the _______.

Common Gavel, 24" Gauge

10. The _______ symbolizes the EA.

Rough Ashlar

11. The _______ symbolizes a finished Mason.

Smooth Ashlar

12. The EA is considered the _______ of the Craft.

cornerstone

13. The Blue Lodge symbolizes the blue of the _______.

skies

14. The four Cardinal Virtues are _______.

Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance, Justice

15. In _______ Masonry a Freemason was "free" to travel for carving stone.

Operative

16. The EA Degree is symbolic of _______.

rebirth

17. The Square symbolizes _______.

morality

18. The Compasses symbolizes _______.

spirtuality

19. King Solomon's Temple is symbolic of the first _______.

Masonic Lodge

20. So Mote It Be symbolizes _______.

fellowship and reverence

21. The E.A. learns that God, Country, and People are important to _______.

Freemasons

22. The three principal rounds of Jacob's Ladder are _______.

faith, hope, charity

23. Rite of Discalceation is symbolic of being _______ before God.

barefoot

24. Rite of Circumambulation symbolizes walking around the alter from e-w via the _______.

south

25. Rite of Investiture or Purification symbolizes granting of the _______.

white leather apron

26. The lambskin or white leather apron was first worn by _______.

Jewish Priests

27. The Honorable Badge of a Mason is a term describing the ________.

white leather apron

28. The Mosaic Pavement and Indented Tessel are the _______ of the Lodge.

Ornaments

29. The three ________ in a Lodge are the sun, moon. and Worshipful Master.

burning tapers

30. The three _______ of the Lodge are the Rough Ashlar, Smooth Ashlar, and Trestle Board.

Moveable Jewels

31. George Washington and Brother Masons in full Masonic regalia laid the first cornerstone in the _______.

US Capitol

32. Chalk, Charcoal, and Clay are symbolic of _______.

freedom

Reference: THE CRAFT AND ITS SYMBOLS Allen E. Roberts 1974

 

FELLOWCRAFT

 

The Fellowcraft in Operative Masonry was called the Journeyman or "Passed Apprentice". In Speculative Masonry the Fellowcraft focuses on his relationship with the arts and sciences. He agrees to learn a Masonic Catechism leading to the symbolic state known as a "Perfect Ashlar".

 

1. The square, plumb, and level are the _______ of a Fellowcraft.

 

working tools

 

2. When you "act upon the square" you are telling the _______.

 

truth

 

3. Operative Masons used the the plumb to measure _______.

 

perpendiculars

 

4. The plumb symbolizes a Mason leading an _______ life.

 

upright

 

5. The level proves _______ in Operative Masonry.

 

horizontals

 

6. Masons "meet on the level" which symbolizes ______ of brotherhood.

 

equality

 

7. The Fellowcraft candidate is in process of building _______.

 

spirituality

 

8. Operative Masonry in England gave way to Speculative Masonry in _______.

 

1717

 

9. Dr. James Anderson, a Scottish Presbyterian minister, wrote the "constitutions" or Masonic Laws from old Masonic _______.

 

rituals

 

10. The pillar Boaz signifies _______.

 

strength  or power

 

11. The pillar Jachin signifies _______.

 

establishment or control

 

12. When a candidate for the Fellowcraft Degree passes through the two pillars, he symbolically becomes a _______.

 

man

 

13. The numbers _______ have great symbolism to Masons.

 

3,5,7

 

14. The number _______ symbolizes the Lodge officers of Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden.

 

3

 

The _______ Human Senses are tasting, smelling, feeling, seeing, and hearing.

 

5

 

15. The _______ Liberal Arts and Sciences are Grammar, Geometry, Arithmetic, Logic, Rhetoric, Astronomy, and Music.

 

7

 

16. The Five Orders of _______ are Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite.

 

Architercture

 

17. The _______ of the Fellowcraft are the Attentive Ear, Instructive tongue, and Faithful Breast.

 

Jewels

 

18. An _______ is necessary to master the lessons of Freemasonry.

 

Attentive Ear

 

19. The passing of the ritual is done with an _______.

 

Instructive Tongue

 

20. The understanding of the faithful breast is actually locked within the _______.

 

brain

 

21. The letter G suspended over the Worshipful Master alludes to _______.

 

Geometry

 

22. The letter _______ stands for the Grand Architect of the Universe.

 

G

 

23. The letter G symbolizes the faith and fellowship _______ enjoy when Lodge is open.

 

Brothers

 

24. Another name for God or the Grand Architect of the Universe is _______.

 

Supreme Architect

 

25. A Fellowcraft is taught the value of work and the importance of acquiring _______.

 

knowledge

 

26. The tuck in the apron is a place for the Fellowcraft to hold his _______.

 

working tools

 

27. The Terrestrial and Clesterial Spheres atop the Lodge Columns are derived from Ancient _______.

 

Israel

 

28. The _______ atop the Lodge Columns teach us that we Masons are to keep a straight course in life.

 

Spheres

 

29. The _______ consist of 3, 5, and 7 steps.

 

Winding Stairs

 

30. Operative Masonry _______ were paid in corn, wine, and oil.

 

wages

 

31. Corn symbolizes nurishment; wine symbolizes refreshment; and oil symbolizes _______.

 

joy

 

32. Upon completing the 2nd Degree, the candidate symbolically is a _______ ready for the Builders' work.

 

Perfect Ashlar

 

Reference: THE CRAFT AND ITS SYMBOLS Allen E. Roberts ’74.

 

MASTER MASON

 

The Master Mason  in Operative Masonry was called the Master or “Master Architect.”  In Speculative Masonry the Master Mason focuses on his earthly relationship with his “life hereafter”. He achieves immortality of man through faith  in the Sacred Laws of God.   

 

1. The Master Mason Degree is considered the candidates _______

 

commencement

 

2. The MASTER Mason Degree is the _______ Degree in Masonry.

 

Highest

 

3. Membership in other Masonic appendant bodies results from being a Master Mason in _______.

 

good standing

 

4. When you seek light you are seeking the _______.

 

truth

 

5. The _______ symbolizes your strong affiliation with the craft.

 

Cabletow

 

6. The _______ is the working tool of the Master Mason.

 

Trowel

 

7. The Master Mason symbolically uses the Trowel to spread _______.

 

brotherly love and affection

 

8. A Master Mason learns that _______ is his greatest virtue.

 

Charity

 

9. Time, Patience, and Perseverance are three Master Mason _______.

 

Virtues

 

10. The father of ritual in America was _______.

 

Thomas Smith Webb

 

11. The three Great _______ are, Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty.

 

Pillars

 

12. The Pillar of Wisdom is symbolized by our first Grand Master _______.

 

Solomon, King of Israel

 

13. The _______ is the symbol of Wisdom in the Lodge.

 

Worshipful Master

 

14. The Pillar of Strength is symbolized by _______.

 

Hiram, King of Tyre

 

15. The Pillar of Strength in our Lodge is the _______.

 

Senior Warden

 

16. The Pillar of Beauty is symbolized by _______.

 

Hiram Abif

 

17. The Pillar of Beauty in our Lodge is the _______.

 

Junior Warden

 

18.The three Grand Masters met periodically in the _______.

 

Sanctum Santorium or Holy of Holies

 

19. The Sanctum Santorium housed the 10 Commandments kept inside the ______.

 

Ark of the Covenant

 

20. In a _______, the Alter, Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses _______ symbolize the Ark of the Covenant.

 

Masonic Lodge

 

21. Near the Alter, the three lesser lights form a triangle symbolizing the _______.

 

Diety

 

22. The three steps leading to the _______ Master are emblematic of Youth, Manhood, Old Age.

 

Worshipful Master

 

23. The three steps leading to the _______ are symbolic of the Three Degrees in Masonry.

 

Worshipful Master

 

24. The Pot of Incense is symbolic of a _______.

 

pure heart

 

25. The Pot that holds the Incense is symbolic of _______.

 

sacrifice

 

26.The Bee Hive is an emblem of _______.

 

industry

 

27. The Tyler's Sword is a symbol to protect the Lodge from _______.

 

imposters

 

28. The Book of Constituitions is symbolic of _______.

 

Masonic Law

 

29. The _______ is the symbol of the Deity.

 

All Seeing Eye

 

30. The Sythe is the symbol of time and the Anchor symbolizes _______.

 

safety

 

31. Euclid's 47th and 48th problems as applied by Pythagoras are the root of _______.

 

Geometry

 

32. The Sprig of Acacia symbolizes _______.

 

faith

Reference: THE CRAFT AND ITS SYMBOLS Allen E. Roberts 1974.

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Tiler - Lodge Officer Duties:

His Jewel is the Sword, by which he symbolically refuses entrance to anyone who is uninitiated in the Craft. The sword has no scabbard, as it is his symbolic duty to always have his sword drawn, ready for the defense of his post.

The Tiler (or Tyler) of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge and is sometimes known as the "Outer Guard". He sits outside the closed door of the lodge room, armed with a sword.

The Tiler's duties and principle role is to ensure that only those who are duly qualified are allowed to enter the Lodge Room. He guards against cowans and eavesdroppers. During the Middle Ages, a cowan was a man who built stone walls of poor quality. He was an uninitiated or non-apprenticed stonemason...a "jackleg", if you will.

While the Tiler is sometimes called upon to assist in the preparation of candidates, his chief duty is to (symbolically) keep unskilled workmen from overhearing the conversation within the Lodge Room.

After the lodge members are inside the Lodge Room, the door closes and it is the Tiler's duty to decide whether late arrivals may enter. It is also his duty to make sure that each visitor is "properly clothed", which means they must be wearing their Masonic apron.

To be fully and properly dressed before entrance into the Lodge Room, the visitor must be wearing their apron over the top (or on the outside) of their suit coat (never under their coat) and the apron strings must be fully tied before the Tiler will allow the visitor entrance. Some jurisdictions call this position the Outer Guard.

The Tiler's position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

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