Freemasonry symbols on Masonic aprons




Freemasonry symbols

Freemasonry Symbols

on Masonic Aprons

The symbols of Freemasonry reflect practices and beliefs that were important to Masons in their early days, and remain important to Masonry today. A number of them are shown here on one of the most identifiable symbols of Freemasonry, the Masonic apron. The first apron given to a new Master Mason is traditionally made of white lambskin and is largely unadorned. When he serves as an officer of the lodge, he wears an apron specifically designed for his office, making each officer quite distinct when particpating in formal events or lodge meetings.

Masonic officers' aprons

The next apron a Mason receives usually comes when he completes his term as Master of a lodge or Grand Master of a grand lodge. These tend to be more elaborate and contain more symbols. Aprons may also be made and presented on other occasions. George Washington was presented with an apron by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1784, which is now held and displayed by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Other individually-designed aprons are shown here.

At the top of this page is an apron adorned with the all-seeing-eye, a symbol that dates back to ancient Egypt and symbolizes protection. Left and right on it are the pillars of Solomon's Temple named Jachin and Boaz, which are a common sight in Masonic lodge rooms. The blue shield displays the popular Masonic symbols of the compass and square, tools used by stonemasons since time immemorial.

Masonic apron

Directly above is an apron which is again emblazoned with the all-seeing-eye. It is mounted over the Masonic letter G that is normally coupled with the compass and square. Here those implements are just below the G, resting on the holy book, which in turn rests upon the altar. There is no separate Masonic holy book. A copy of the Bible is traditionally used, but when brothers take oaths they take them upon the book of their own faith. To the left is the trowel, the symbol of a Master Mason who cements firm bonds with other brothers. To the right is the five-pointed star, representing the five points of fellowship.

Sworn in Secret goes much deeper into the symbols, practices, rituals and usages of Freemasonry. It traces them back to the major events and influential people who caused Masonry to become what it is today. From the time of Solomon's Temple, it comes forward to the rise of Christianity and its influences. After the appearance of Islam came the battles of the Crusades and the rise of the Knights Templar. 

The unique symbols and culture of the Templars have shown surprising similarities -- but also some differences -- with the society of Freemasons that arose thereafter. The striking effect of Freemasonry on events that took place before and after 1717 sheds further light on the roots of this society. All those things became reflected in the rise of several free countries, including the United States. And they continue to influence the world we live in today.

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The Masonic aprons at left were made by Patrick Craddock for Chris Utley (upper) and Justin Runyon (lower image). The officers aprons were made by Fratline.

George Washington, Mason

George Washington and Mason apron

George Washington, Mason

Are Freemasons and the working stonemasons actually connected in some way? What was the driving force behind Freemasonry? These and many other intriguing questions are explored in the book Sworn in Secret.....

Robert Burns in Mason apron

Robert Burns, Mason

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