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THE MONTANA FREEMASON                                        VOLUME 85 NUMBER 4 NOVEMBER 2012


denominated, Faith, Hope, and Charity, and which ad-         faith, hope, and charity; and which admonish us to have
monish us to have faith in God, hope in immortality, and     faith in God, hope in immortality, and charity to all
Charity to all mankind. The greatest of these is Charity;    mankind. The principle of these is charity; because our
because our Faith may be lost in sight; Hope ends in frui-   faith may be lost in sight, hope ends in fruition, but chari-
tion; but Charity extends beyond the grave, through the      ty extends beyond the grave, through the boundless
boundless realms of eternity.                                realms of eternity.

Montana: The furniture of a Lodge consists of the holy       Louisiana: The Furniture of a Lodge consists of the
Bible, Square and Compass. They are dedicated, respec-       Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses.
tively, to God, to the W.M., and to the Craft. The Bible
points out the path that leads to happiness, and is dedi-       The Holy Bible is given to us to be a rule and guide
cated to God; the Square teaches us to regulate our con-     for our faith and practice. It is dedicated to God, being
duct by the principles of morality and virtue, and is        the last, best, and most inestimable gift from god to man,
dedicated to the Master: the Compass teaches us to lim-      and on it we ***.
ited our desires in every station, and is dedicated to the
Craft.                                                          The Square teaches us to Square our actions; it is
                                                             dedicated to the Master, and is the proper Masonic
   The Bible is dedicated to the service of God, because     emblem of his office.
it is the inestimable gift of God to man, ***; the Square,
to the Master, because, being the proper emblem of his          The compasses are dedicated to the Craft; for by a due
office, it is constantly to remind him of the duty he owes   attention to their uses, we are taught to circumscribe our
to the Lodge over which he is elected to preside; and the    desires and to keep our passions in due bounds.
Compass to the Craft, because, by a due attention to its
use, they are taught to regulate their desires and keep         Hence, the Bible is the light which enlightens the path
their passions within due bounds.                            of our duty to God; the Square, that which enlightens the
                                                             path of our duty to our fellow-men; and the Compasses
Montana: The ornaments of the Lodge are the Mosaic           that which enlightens the path of our duty to ourselves.
Pavement, the Indented Tessel, and the Blazing Star.
                                                             Idaho: The ornaments of a Lodge are the Mosaic
   The Mosaic Pavement is a representation of the            Pavement, the Indented Tessel, and the Blazing Star. The
ground floor of King Solomon’s Temple; the Indented          Mosaic Pavement is a representation of the ground floor
Tessel, that beautiful tessellated border or skirting which  of King Solomon’s Temple, and is emblematic of human
surrounded it; and the Blazing Star in the center is to re-  life, checkered with good and evil. The Indented Tessel is
mind us of the omnipresence of Deity, overshadowing us       a representation of the beautiful tessellated border or
and dispensing His blessings among us.                       skirting which surrounded the pavement, and is
                                                             emblematic of the manifold blessings and comforts
   The Mosaic Pavement is emblematic of human life,          which surround us, and which we hope to enjoy by a
checkered with good and evil, the beautiful border which     faithful reliance upon Divine Providence, hieroglyphically
surrounds it is emblematic of the manifold blessings and     represented by the Blazing Star in the center.
comforts which surround us, and which we hope to ob-
tain by a faithful reliance on Divine Providence, which is   Washington: In addition to the three Great Lights of
hieroglyphically represented by the Blazing Star, in the     Masonry, there are three Symbolic Lights of a Lodge, and
center.
                                                             their situation is represented by the three principle
Montana: A Lodge has three lights, situated East, West,
and South. There is none in the North because of the         stations: in the East, West, and South. There is none in
situation of King Solomon’s Temple, it being situated so
far north of the ecliptic that the sun or moon at their      the North, because King Solomon’s Temple, of which
meridian height could dart no rays into the northern part    every Lodge is a typical representation, was so far north
of it, and so we Masonically term the north a place of
darkness.                                                    of the ecliptic that neither the sun nor the moon, at me-

                                                             ridian height, could dart any rays into the northern part

                                                             of the building. The North, therefore, we Masonically
                                                             term a place of darkness.
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