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Masonic Trowel - the symbolism

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The Symbolism of the Masonic Trowel

Within the Masonic Lectures, we find the following:
The Trowel is an instrument used by operative Masons to spread the cement which unites the building into one common mass; but we as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to use it for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection; that cement which unites us into one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist, but that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree.

Within the Scottish Constitution, the trowel is the jewel of office worn by the Brother Junior Deacon, and on his installation, he is enjoined to, "spread the cement of brotherly love". While this serves to remind he Brethren of the symbolism behind the trowel, we should not assume that it is the exclusive province of the Junior Deacon to undertake this most important of tasks.

It should be incumbent on every one of us to ensure that when a Brother visits our Lodge, that we should make him feel welcome: only in so doing can you hope to make the friendship last, and encourage the Brother to continue to come among you.

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