Monday, February 14, 2011

Symbolic Monday - Masons, DAR, DRT

Wow! This husband and wife were members of several organizations. I never knew there were so many Masonic lodges, emblems, rituals, symbols, etc. But, I'm learning with each new cemetery I visit! Below are the symbols mentioned on the gravestone of Edward and Vesta C. White:


  

The "Square and Compasses" is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Some explain this symbol as a lesson in conduct: for example, that Masons should "square their actions by the square of virtue" and learn to "circumscribe their desires and keep their passions within due bounds toward all mankind". As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgment and discernment.
Often the "Square and Compasses" is depicted with the letter "G" in the center. Many interpret the "G" to stand for God, and to remind Masons that God is at the center of Freemasonry.



H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S. symbolizes
Hiram, Tyrian, Widow's Son, Sendeth to King Solomon (used on coins & gravemarkers). It is used in Royal Arch Masonry to describe someone in the Royal Arch ritual.

Symbol below is labelled M.I.G.M which is the Most Illustrious Grand Master (Cryptic Rite).

  

The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization that both men and women can join. The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards towards the manger. The character-building lessons taught in the Order are stories inspired by Biblical figures:
  • Adah (Jephthah's daughter, from Judges)
  • Ruth, the widow
  • Esther, the wife
  • Martha (sister of Lazarus, from the Gospel of John)
  • Electa (the "elect lady", from II John), the mother

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.





 
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) is a women's association dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Texas pioneer families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is best known for its role as caretakers of The Alamo. They also operate a museum in Austin on the history of Texas. Membership is limited to descendants of ancestors who "rendered loyal service for Texas" prior to February 19, 1846, the date the Republic ceased to exist and Texas handed over authority to the United States.



For more information on the above mentioned symbols, please check out the following websites:

http://www.njfreemason.net/masonic%20dictionary.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Mason
http://www.masonic-lodge-of-education.com/masonic-symbols.html
http://www.dar.org/
http://www.easternstar.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daughters_of_the_Republic_of_Texas

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