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Masonic Facts


Each Lodge is headed by an officer called the "Worshipful Master."   "Worshipful" means, "Highly Respected" or "Honored."  The term comes from the judicial system of England and has no religious implication.  "Master" means "Leader" or "Best Qualified," as in "Concert Master" or "Master Architect"

Where does the term "Lodge" come from?  We believe the term comes from the lodges (shelters) constructed at the building sites of cathedrals and castles during the Middle Ages.  Masons lived and worked in these shelters.  Each Lodge Officer has a title originating during the Middle Ages.  Worshipful Master (President), Senior Warden (1st Vice President), Junior Warden (2nd Vice President), Treasurer (Financial Officer), Secretary (Recorder), Marshall (Master of Ceremonies), Deacon (Messenger), Steward (Page), Tiler (Door Keeper), Chaplain (Chaplain).
"Carrying the Masonic Flag"   - Admiral Richard E. Byrd Mason and Explorer.  Wherever this aviation pioneer and polar explorer went, his Masonic identity accompanied him.  He and his pilots dropped Masonic flags on both the north and south poles.  In 1935 he and 60 members of his expedition where were also masons formed the first Antarctic lodge.  Admiral Byrd was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1926 and special congressional medals in 1930, 1937 and 1946.