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THE MASONIC ALTAR

The Masonic 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.

These 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 darkness.

More reading on the Altar..
 

 

 

 


 
BY WILLIAM HARVEY, J.P., F.S.A.Scot.
Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire
1934-36

 

THE HOLY BIBLE AND THE
ALTAR OF MASONRY

By R.W. Paul A. Edberg
Grand Lodge of Connecticut

 


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