Mark Master Mason

The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales
and its Districts and Lodges Overseas

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The Degree of Mark Master Mason is open to all Master Masons. The ceremony, in which a Brother is 'advanced', can be said to comprise two Degrees; the first in which he is acknowledged as a Mark Man, followed by the second where he becomes a Mark Master Mason. The Mark referred to in its title takes its name from the mark or symbol with which the stonemason identified his work and can still be found in many cathedrals and important buildings.

Much use is made of Holy Writ to instruct the Candidate and Brethren in the story which serves to teach that the real message is one of contemplation of human strengths and weaknesses. In chronological terms the Degree follows that of the Second Degree in Craft masonry. There is reputedly some evidence that the Degree is 400 years old but the earliest English records stem from 1769 when it was first worked in Chapter of Friendship, Royal Arch Chapter No. 257 (formerly No. 3) in Portsmouth. However, a minute book dated 1599 of the Lodge of Edinburgh states that several speculative brethren had appended their marks after their names.

The first meeting of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was held on Monday, 23 June 1856.

The ordinary members' regalia comprises an apron and breast jewel. The apron is of white kid with a triangular flap bordered with a two inch ribbon of light blue with crimson edges. It has rosettes of the same colour whilst Masters and Past Masters have the rosettes replaced with silver levels. The jewel of the order is a key stone appended to a ribbon which matches the apron and bears a mallet & chisel which are the tools of the Order. The key stone, which bears certain characters, forms an integral part of the ceremony.

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JPrizemanDeputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Herbert Prizeman

Brethren, welcome to this March Communication of Mark Grand Lodge and to this special meeting where the focus has been on the work of the Mark Benevolent Fund and the charities that the trustees, on your behalf, have worked with and supported, making a difference to the society in which we live.
I begin this address with good wishes, but also an apology from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He will be with us at the Keystone Conference taking place on the 7th, 8th and 9th September when we hope to welcome representatives of some 40 Mark Grand Lodges and Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapters who work the Mark degree. This will be the first such gathering for Mark constitutions from across the world and, it is hoped, will begin a three-year cycle of the conference being hosted at different locations around the world.

I am certain it will be another most enjoyable and successful occasion.

 

You will all have received an unprecedented joint statement from UGLE and Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Rite, on advice members should follow to try to limit the risk of infection with covid-19. We understand this advice goes beyond that issued by central government and Public Health England but, given the age profile of all the orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall, we feel it entirely appropriate. The situation is under constant review and further updates to the advice given so far will be made when necessary.

I would like to thank W. Bro Martyn Summers for proposing the re-election of our Grand Master and Worshipful Brother David Hudson for seconding the proposition, and you brethren for so warmly supporting that proposition, which clearly demonstrates how much you appreciate all that our Grand Master does for us.

We have again re-elected our Grand Treasurer, Right Worshipful Brother John Howitt, I work very closely with our Grand Treasurer and very much appreciate all that he does for us. He is very dedicated and I am very pleased that he has agreed to continue to serve as our Grand Treasurer.

I trust you have found the presentations from our speakers interesting and informative. I will not extend this address longer than necessary as I am aware our guests will be enjoying some hospitality not far from this Grand Temple, waiting for us to join them, so I will now proceed to welcome our distinguished visitors and members of our Districts Overseas but I would ask that your applause is kept until I have completed my introductions.

We welcome (noting that a number of honoured guests have not made it today):

R.W. Bro. Paul Clement, the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master of the Great Priory of the United Religious Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple.
R.W. Bro. Alan Englefield, P.G.S.W., Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, and
R.W. Bro. David Williamson, P.G.S.W., Grand Chancellor of the Ancient and Accepted Rite and Past Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
R.W. Bro. Kessick Jones, Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters and today our Grand Senior Warden.
R.W. Bro. Tom Jackson, P.G.J.W., Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees.
R.W. Bro. Andrew Sweeney, P.G.J.W., Grand Supreme Ruler of the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor.
V.W. Bro. Ian Currans, P.G.J.W., Grand Summus of the Grand Senatus of the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord.
W. Bro. Nigel Willows, Grand Master the Worshipful Society of Freemasons.
And from our own Constitutions I welcome:
From Belgium - R.W. Bro. Jean Verbist, District Grand Master, accompanied by V.W. Bro. Daniel Shields, the Deputy District Grand Master and five other Brethren from the District.
From Brazil - W. Bro. Wilson Corren de Souza Neto.
From East Africa - Bro Sundip Nanubhai Patel.
From Germany - R.W. Bro. Michael Cooper, District Grand Master, accompanied by V.W. Bro. John Mackinnon, Deputy District Grand Master and five other Brethren from the District.
From Hong Kong – W. Bros. Paul Whitmore and Robert Bull.
From the Netherlands – R.W. Bro. Cornelis van Putten, District Grand Master, accompanied by W. Bro Emmanuel Jozef Claessens.
From Nigeria - W. Bro. Laurence Sams and Bros. Agwa, Bakare and Jackson.
From our Inspectorate of Romania - W. Bro. Florin Carata, Inspectorate Secretary who is accompanied by five members of our newest Inspectorate.
From South and East Caribbean – R.W. Bro. Stephen Cobham, accompanied by W. Bro Stephen Gill.
From Spain – R.W. Bro. Barrie Mansell, District Grand Master.
From Itawa Lodge, Zambia - W. Bros. Ramanial Patel and Jayant Patel.
Then I conclude with three special leaders of our order:
Our Past Pro Grand Masters:
M.W. Bro. Ben Addy and M.W. Bro. Richard Wallis
and our Past Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Keith Emmerson.

Brethren please show just how much we appreciate their presence with us today.

Brethren, as I have said our special guest from our visiting charities are outside and waiting for us. When Grand Lodge is closed please mix and talk with them, and make sure they know how much we appreciate them being with us at Mark Grand Lodge today.

Before closing Grand Lodge I would like to express my appreciation to the Grand Secretary and all the staff at 86 St. James’s for their hard work and for the support they give me, and also the support they give to the Deputy and Assistant Grand Masters.

My thanks to the Grand Director of Ceremonies, the Deputies and others who lend their support on numerous official occasions.
And a very big thank you to the Deputy Grand Master and the Assistant Grand Master who have worked very hard, never more so than in the last six months

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