THE MASONIC ALTAR
Dictionary defines the altar as the most
important piece of furniture in the lodge. The
definition of an altar is very simple. It is a
structure elevated above the ground, and
appropriated to some service connected with
worship, such as the offering of oblations,
sacrifices, or prayers.
Altars were erected long before temples. Thus,
Noah is said to have erected one as soon as he
came forth from the ark. Herodotus gives the
Egyptians the credit of being the first among
the heathen nations who invented altars.
The Masonic altar, like everything else in
Freemasonry, is symbolic to combine the
character and uses of all types of altars. It is
an altar of sacrifice, for on it the candidate
is directed to lay his passions and vices as an
oblation to the Deity, while he offers up the
thoughts of a pure heart as a fitting incense to
the Grand Architect of the Universe.
The Holy Bible with the Square and Compasses
should be spread open upon it, while around it
are to be placed three lights.
are to be in the East, West, and South, and
should be arranged as such. The stars show the
position of the lights in the East, West, and
South. The black dot represents the position
North of the altar where there is no light,
because in Freemasonry the North is the place of
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