Freemason Lodge Rooms are typically beautiful rooms modeled after King Solomon’s Temple as described in the bible. But, there is more to the room than simple, historic elegance. The strong tradition of Freemasonry is exemplified within each Lodge Room.
- The Lodge Room is always set lengthwise from West to East with the presiding officer, or Worshipful Master, sitting in the East. The Worshipful Master sits in the East because it is a metaphor for spreading knowledge as the Sun does light each day when it rises.
- The Senior Warden sits in the West along with the Junior Deacon and Inside Sentinel. The Senior Warden helps the Worshipful Master with the opening and closing of the lodge as the Sun does when it sets in the West.
- The Junior Warden sits in the South, where the Sun would be at its highest point in the day. The Junior Warden represents the Sun at noon, so it is he that calls the craft in from labor to refreshment and back to labor once the break has finished.
- The North side of the Lodge Room is taught to be a place of darkness for Masons. Though brethren will occupy the North side of the room to view proceedings, no one of rank is to reside on the northern end of the lodge.
- Outside of the room is the Tyler station, where a Mason is positioned to keep away potential eavesdroppers.
- The secretary and treasurer sit on either side of the Worshipful Master, but directly to his left sits the Chaplain who conducts all prayers for the lodge.
- The focal point of every Lodge meeting is the altar. It is where a new brother takes his vows and becomes a Freemason. Upon the altar rests the Holy Bible, a square, and a compass. These three things represent Freemason philosophy.
If you’re interested in learning more about Freemasonry then visit the website for The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. Or, if you’re in the area, call (857) 233-0563.