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Brick Mason’s Cipher at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

This is another photo I found at The Library of Congress. It shows some familiar figures etched into a brick in a church in St. Stephens, SC. The story, according to some history posted at RootsWeb, is that a builder, William Axson, a member of Wambaw Lodge, left his mark on the interior east wall of the church, above the chancel window. Imagine that – a brother who knows something about setting bricks!

Brick Mason's Cipher

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  • jHamilton Pickren PM#100 Concord 307 says:

    Same problem faced by Concord several years back. We had started turning the Lodge around, new members were coming in large numbers (twenty three the year I was Master) and we did not have enough qualified MMs to teach the catechisms and have our new members return them in lodge. So, I asked for and got MM volunteers to learn to become teachers. We met with the new EAs once a week; sat six to a group (one qualified MM and five either EAs or EAs and learning teachers); and round-robined the Fellow Craft catechism. The qualified MM would start with the first question, the man to his left would answer then turn to the man on his left and ask the next question – prompting provided by the qualified MM. Round and round until the catechism was completed then we would reversed the flow and start again. After we were finished we headed to the Vienna Inn . . . that session was followed-up with a second one-on-one (MM to EA) some time that week with the assignment to cover all that could be remembered. Within two months we were reaching proficiency – both the MMs and the EAs. As the EAs advanced to FC, we added a day. We had twelve reach complete proficiency, the rest were brought up to MM through one of those useless one-day events. Six of the MMs who came up through the one day event insisted on continuing to study the catechisms and returned them before open Lodge. Twenty three new MMs in one year – eighteen past full proficiency – not bad. Better yet, the eighteen who did stayed to significantly add to the richness of the Lodge – several went into the line and have become or will become the Master. Good investment.

    March 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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