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Masonic ritual temple work

Three salient features of the Masonic ritual "temple work" - that is, the work in the temple - will be particularly noticeable to a new brother:

First, there is the observance of a disciplined order by the brothers. It begins with uniform clothing, continues with the way in which the brothers enter the temple and move or behave in it, how they ask for the word to be given if necessary and present their concerns without offending or hurting anyone, and then goes until the solemn, orderly departure from the temple. This disciplined order has nothing to do with discipline and certainly nothing to do with military drill. Rather, the brothers submit to it quite of their own free will from the insight that only by observing an external order can they also come to an internal order, to harmony with themselves.

Second, the particular emphasis on the term “dignity” will stand out. All the work should take a dignified course; The hammer leading master mentions the attribute "venerable" in his address. All of this is not meant as self-adulation and should not be misunderstood as such. Rather, this behavior is based on the knowledge that every human being is endowed by nature with an inalienable dignity, a circumstance which Freemasons believe must be raised again and again into consciousness, especially when one observes how undignified many are People behave or how the dignity of others is often trampled underfoot.

Third, the central point around which Masonic temple work revolves is always a single person who is either accepted into the covenant as an apprentice, promoted to journeyman or made master. The whole thing is focused on this one person. The only exceptions are the so-called celebratory work to celebrate the foundation festival, i.e. the birthday of the lodge, the Midsummer Festival, with which the old mason year ends and the new one opens, and the funeral box in which the masons commemorate their deceased brothers. Strictly speaking, in this work we are no longer allowed to speak of rituals, but should rather speak of ceremonies, that is, of solemn acts. The concentration on a single person identifies our work as pronounced initiation rites. In it, the respective candidate is gradually initiated into knowledge and wisdom from degree to degree, which, although neither an invention nor even property of Freemasonry, are nonetheless timeless and whose knowledge and attention can and should lead to new, changed attitudes in life . Masonic work does not aim to impart knowledge, but rather to stimulate and guide the brothers to learn wisdom.