Blade: 34 1/4″
Overall: 45 1/2″
Weight: 4.4 Lbs
Membership in the brotherhood of Masons means many things.
It means being part of an unbroken tradition that stretches back over 500 years to a time when guilds of freemasons traveled throughout Europe laying the stones of the great Gothic cathedrals.
It means sharing the values of our nation’s founding fathers; men who believe in the brotherhood of man are firmly rooted in the Constitution of the United States and that of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships that transcend the boundaries of race, religion and culture, as well as those of geography.
But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking, or expecting, anything in return.
Sharing the Traditions of Our Founding Fathers
Masons were active in Massachusetts even before 1733, the year the first Provincial Grand Lodge of Masons was formerly organized by Henry Price. Today, the Grand Lodge in Boston remains the oldest continuously operating Masonic organization in the Western Hemisphere.
In its early years, Masonry numbered among its members some of the nation’s most influential citizens – among them George Washington, Henry Knox, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Paul Revere.
In Massachusetts, many of those who participated in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill were Masons. Many of the patriots who participated in the Boston Tea Party were believed to be Masons and others, such as Dr, Joseph Warren, who was a Grand Master, sacrificed their lives in the struggle for independence from British rule.
The values that were important then – loyalty, patriotism, liberty, courage and faith – are just as important to Masons today. The principles upon which this country was founded are deeply embedded in Masonic tradition.
Improving Yourself and Those Around You
Basic to most of the world’s great religions is the belief in what some might call the “old fashioned” values of honesty, fair play and unselfishness in dealing with others.
Freemasonry shares many of the same beliefs; and, through its traditions and teachings, attempts to instill in its members both the desire and the means to improve themselves and the lives of others.
However, while it may adhere to many of the same values associated with a religious faith, Masonry is not a religion. It is a brotherhood of men from every country, sect and opinion, joined in a common effort to make themselves better people to ease the suffering of others, and to make the world a better place.
To achieve these goals, Masonry does not promote itself or its individual members. Instead, it teaches by example. New members are not recruited; they are attracted by the example of good men performing good works and living good lives.
No one is asked to join the Brotherhood. To become a Mason, one must ask.
Now own the Sword that is steeped in the Masonic tradition!