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Navesink Lodge No. 9

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Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
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Worshipful Master - Charles R Grinnell

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OPERATIVE TO SPECULATIVE MASONRY

Builders of the Middle Ages were organized into societies which were known as guilds. These guilds were permitted to make their own rules and given a monopoly of the work inside their own territory. The stonemason guilds were considered more important than other guilds because their work was more difficult and required more skill and intelligence.

Those who worked on the castles and great cathedrals were considered geniuses of their time. The art of stonemasonry was, according to the custom of the time, held as a trade secret. Young men entering a guild of masons were solemnly obligated to divulge no secrets of the craft. They were given a long course of instruction, called an apprenticeship, under a Master Mason in which the tools and processes of building were used symbolically to impress certain truths on the mind of the member. Although the people could not read, they could understand pictures. The stonemasonry guilds came, in time, to accumulate a great wealth of symbolic teaching and an elaborate ritual.

Upon conclusion of their apprenticeship, these men became Fellowcraft Masons. These Fellowcraft Masons and Master Masons were known as Operative Masons - the men who were performing the actual functions of building and stonemasonry.

By the eighteenth century, upon the conclusion of the majority of the building projects, this symbolic element completely displaced the original craft of actual building. The lodges or guilds accepted lay members who were considered Speculative Masons since they were not actually doing the building and stonemasonry work. This evolved into the purely speculative lodges that we have today. We are "Masons" only in a symbolic sense.
 
 

Fraternally, Richard Joyce
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Navesink Lodge No. 9
152 Maple Avenue
Red Bank, New Jersey, 07701

Phone ?? 732 530 1858
Email ?? Info@NavesinkLodge9.org