Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.


Nov. 2019

History and symbolism of the apron of the Provincial Grand Master

The apron worn by the Provincial Grand Master is full of history and symbolism. So announced Harry Barnes, Past PGM for Dorset, during his fascinating talk to Brethren of The Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards, during their November meeting held at Kinson Masonic Hall.

Through an illustrated presentation, Harry elaborated on the history of the apron, explaining in detail the symbolism of each embroidery around the border, with particular amplification on the five-pointed star in the centre. This was used symbolically in ancient Greece and Babylonia, and is adopted today as a symbol of faith, similar to use of the cross by Christian and the Star of David by Jews.

Harry analysed the symbolism in each character on the chain of office worn by Provincial Grand Master, including the intricate lettering and characters that make up the chain, and in a manner for which he is renown, Harry entertained Brethren with an interesting presentation that assisted in 'Daily Advancement'.

During the meeting, Harry presented the Worshipful Master, Alan Curley, with a cheque for £400 as a donation to Julia's House Children's Hospices Care, a Dorset charity that provides practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. The money had been raised during a summer concert by MusicCraft, a music group of which, with the exception of the female vocalist, all players are members of a local Masonic Lodge.


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