Originally posted by Mirthful Me
Tuesday night my grandfather passed away at the age of 92. He was just shy of reaching his 70th year in the Craft. I was able to spend some time with him over the last month, but his lucid moments were short lived. I wish I could say that our last conversation was an esoteric one, but alas it was the sweatshirt I was wearing.
I made it clear to my family that his Apron was to be found, and included with him in his final disposition on this Earth. He didn't want any kind of service, not even a Masonic one, and those wishes have been honored. The Apron was found, and the funeral home that was making the arrangements was founded by a Freemason so they were quite familiar with the proper protocol regarding his Apron.
For those unfamiliar with this aspect of Freemasonry:
When a man is initiated as a Mason, the new Brother is presented with a white lambskin apron, which he usually keeps at home in a special box or a dresser drawer, just as Bill did. In all ages, the color white has been associated with purity and the lamb with innocence. This symbolism is universal, and the Christian Mason notes that the Bible speaks of a person’s sins as being “washed white as snow” and refers to the Master of Nazareth as the “Lamb of God.” In Masonic Lodges today, Masons who are not officers wear undecorated aprons of white cloth or white lambskin.
It is suggested that a Brother’s Masonic apron, such as Bill’s, should be buried with him or burned, if the service is a cremation. His name is on it, so it would be of no use to anyone else except, perhaps, to a family member who is a Mason. Alternatively, you may wish to give Bill’s apron to his Lodge, where his Brothers will archive it in honor of your husband’s longtime service to Freemasonry.
I've always made it a point to be the one to deliver the Apron Lecture to the newly Initiated Entered Apprentices. It is the first lecture they receive, and I've always felt that it sets the tone for what is to come on their Journey towards Light. My delivery has left more than one EA wide eyed (and a Grand Master in tears once). Like much of Freemasonry's morals veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols, our passing from this crude existence to a celestial one is one of the key lessons. A Sprig of Acacia is all I need to comfort myself when thinking of my grandfather, as is the that he stood before the Great Architect clothed as Mason who had labored well, and is now ready to labor anew in a far greater endeavor.
I know that different Jurisdictions have different requirements regarding Aprons. In mine, an Apron is provided to all members and visitors to as Lodge as well as the Officers having the appropriate Apron for their Station. When we would go to the Prince Hall Lodge on visitation, we would have to take our own, as they didn't provide any.
So I ask, do you know where your Apron is, and do the right people know what to do with it?
[edit on 8/4/2010 by Mirthful Me]
Originally posted by whenandwhere
Seeing how this old thread was resurrected........
My wife has my apron in a safe place so SHE knows where it is when I pass on . Inside the bib of the apron is a piece of paper with my wishes along with phone numbers of who she should call to set up my Masonic & AASR funeral service , what she is to do with my rings , books , rituals , regalia (Past Master apron , DDGM Apron , and my dress MM apron that she had handmade for me) and my collection of pins , paintings , lithographs , photos etc; etc; etc; .
Originally posted by badw0lf
Sorry for you loss MM.. but
wow.. in an age when people bag so many 'cults' like religion for their pomp and bombast... weeehoo..
Just bury me with a bottle of wild turkey, and let the worms at it all.
No disrespect intended mind you.. Your loss is felt.