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 Grand Master - June 2018

Address to the Brethren at the Annual Investiture meeting of Mark Grand Lodge to be held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Brethren

I am delighted to be with you today and to welcome you to this annual investiture meeting – the first in the new format.

In recent years the success of the June meeting has exceeded all expectations with over 2,000 Brethren regularly in attendance. This level of support is very encouraging but with more Brethren attending than can be accommodated here in the Grand Temple, the General Board has decided that a better experience could be achieved by moving the investiture of Brethren receiving promotions in Grand Rank to the September Communication.HRH Grand Master 800

As you know, Brethren, the September Communication has traditionally been a short business meeting but I hope that by giving it a new purpose you will feel able to support it in greater numbers not least as an encouragement to those Brethren receiving preferment on that occasion.

There can be little doubt, that today’s attendance is proof of the esteem in which Mark Masonry is held by all its participants and when I look around I experience a feeling of great pleasure that so many of you have travelled great distances to be present.

Brethren, I am now pleased to congratulate all those whom I have had the pleasure of investing with Grand Rank this afternoon. The award of a Grand Honour is not something that is given without consideration and is a positive reflection and reward for the dedicated work that each of today’s recipients has carried out. I have no doubt that their preferment will stimulate them still further to promote the Order at every opportunity.

The reports of the General Board this past year have recorded the steady growth of our Order at home and abroad and the Grand Secretary tells me that this trend looks set to continue. I was particularly pleased to note that our Order has expanded into Romania this year and that in the last three months two new Lodges have been consecrated – both of which will meet in Bucharest. Further consecrations are planned and I must thank Right Worshipful Brother Radu Balanescu, Past Grand Junior Warden, the Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania for supporting this initiative with such enthusiasm.

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Rulers

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

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