The Rough Ashlar

Thoughts from a Traveling Man

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Lodges and Temples: What’s the Difference?

Masonic TempleSomething I was curious about early on in my Masonic life was the difference between a lodge and a temple. This is explained in the Entered Apprentice lecture, I learned later, but the night you are initiated it is easy to miss the fine points of all this. It is also introduced quickly and subtly, so I wonder how many others also miss this distinction early on.

I remember the night I was raised, listening to the minutes of the meeting, and noting that the secretary referred to Cherrydale Lodge meeting in its temple. I had no idea that there was a difference between the two. You go to lodge, right? You go to temple, right? Aren’t they the same? Of course, the answer is no. They are not at all the same.
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