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 Grand Lodge: MBF Grand Parade 2019

On Tuesday, 12 March 2019, the Brethren in attendance at the Communication of Grand Lodge enjoyed a spectacular parade of the Mark Benevolent Fund. Representatives of nearly forty of the charities that the MBF supported in 2018 entered Grand Lodge, each displaying the name of the charity that they represented and the amount that the MBF had awarded to them last year alone. There were representatives present from a diverse range of charities, covering assistance dogs, disability support, emergency disaster relief, hospices, and several medical charities.

Three of the charities gave short, but very emotional and inspirational talks, describing how the money granted to them by the MBF was being used, and how it had profoundly changed the lives and relieved some of the suffering of many of those in our communities.

The event gave a rare glimpse into what our charitable efforts do to those around us, and showed us some practical examples of what we have achieved.

More about this excellent event will follow.

 

The Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond J Smith surrounded by many of the representatives present at the Grand Lodge Communication, accompanied by the Charities Manager, W.Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald

 

 

 

For more information on how to contribute by making a donation to the Mark Benevolent Fund, please download an MBF Honorifics Application form, or should you wish to make regular donations, you can fill in our MBF Regular Giving form.

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