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Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, not the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, not the clouds return after the rain:

In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mouners go about the streets;

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Third Degree Tracing Board

Below are links for the Masonic Educational Program for Candidates, assembled in 2001, by Andrew Horn, at the time, Candidate's Coach for Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge #307.


An Interpretation of the Ritual of the Third Degree

Symbols and Allegories of the Third Degree

Masonic Etiquette and Conduct

The Legend of Hiram Abiff.

Visitation

The Laws of Freemasonry

Irregular and Clandestine Lodges

The Duties, Rights, and Privileges of a Master Mason

What can we tell the Non-Mason about Masonry

Committal

Epilogue

The Operative Mason's Secret

The materials contained in this program are selected from the Grand Lodge of California's Candidate Education programs, therefore all content should "technically" be endorsed by the Grand Lodge as approved educational material.


The images used on this page and the accompanying EA, FC, and MM pages have graphics taken from the amazing and beautiful book "Freemasonry; A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol", by W. Kirk MacNulty. I am under the impression that the artwork itself is long past copyright status, but this striking book is a great price at only about $15, and is packed with thoughtful interpretation of our Ritual. I highly recommend it. It is available through the Southern California Research Lodge, or through Amazon.com.

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