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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Mark Master Mason

Address by The Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master - September 2018

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Brethren, welcome to this rather different September Communication of Grand Mark Lodge, different as this is the first time it has formed the second part of the annual investiture, this second part which, as you will be aware has been for those receiving a promotion in Grand Rank.
This trial appears to have been successful and well received by you brethren and after further consultation we will decide if it is to be repeated in the years ahead adopted as the regular format for future investitures.

My first and most important duty is to bring the apologies of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He is today on an official engagement elsewhere but he will be attending the church service at Lincolns Inn on Saturday, a service to celebrate 150 years since the formation of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

For Fund has had an incredibly busy and very special year.
The 150th Festival was held in Lincolnshire under the presidency of its Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Rev. Trevor Walker and what a splendid occasion it was. The Festival Committee has worked so hard but not only was the event a great success, but the total raised was £853,023, a magnificent total in a Province with 22 Mark lodges.

Next year the MBF Festival will be under the presidency of the Provincial Grand Master for Sussex, R.W.Bro. Martin Wilson and will be held at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton on Saturday 6th July. The Festival Committee have, I know, been working extremely hard and are confident it will be a most enjoyable occasion and i know i am looking forward to the weekend in Sussex by the sea.

On a sad note I inform you of the death on 1st September of Christine Mills, MBE, the founder of the Hope for Tomorrow charity which the MBF has for the last few years been working closely with in providing the funds for eight mobile chemotherapy treatment centres. The loss of its founder will be felt by many, but her legacy will live on continuing to provide a great service to cancer sufferers particularly those living in rural locations.

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M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison
Assistant Grand Master