Why do Master Masons wear these rings? To be forever bound to your obligation, which is your solemn promise, made of your own free will, before the Great Architect of the Universe, as well as your family, friends and brothers signifying your true and heartfelt desire to be forever bound in unity with the fraternity.What is it about this circlet around a Freemason's finger that provides such an emotional feeling of wholeness, of stability, and inner completeness which each man craves in his very soul?The Eternity of the Circle: Marriage, too, is the heartfelt promise before the Great Architect to be forever bound in unity with another. Marriage is a legal and emotional bond which ties 2 people together before their family, friends and our Creator,...but it is only in the act of the promise that true marital unity begins. Therefore, within Freemasonry, the only thing that sets a Freemason apart from other men is his heartfelt desire, his promise,...his oath...his obligation,...his word... which bonds him to the fraternity...because he is, technically, free to leave the fraternity at any time he so chooses.As our Creator has bestowed Free Will upon each of us, so, too, does the fraternity.Cable Tow: Masonic rings are a visual sign to the world (no Masonic secret, here)...of the Cable Tow binding you to the brotherhood and the brotherhood to you. It is the newly found desire, ... the intense inner and intrinsic need of every man to be a part of a group of others who hold similar beliefs and purposes. Seal of Authenticity: Your Masonic ring is an outward sign of your authenticity as a Master Mason within the brotherhood.The Promise: Therefore, as you can see, it is only in the act of the "promise" before the Creator from which brotherhood derives its true strength and beauty.
I like the ring article Brother John, Here is another I found that you might enjoy reading as well. Lee
Last Night I Knelt
Where Hiram Knelt
Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took an obligation.
Today I'm closer to my God
for I'm a Master Mason.
Though heretofore my fellow men
seemed each one like the other,
today I search each one apart.
I'm looking for my brother.
And as I feel his friendly grip
it fills my heart with pride.
I know while I am on the square
that he is by my side.
His footsteps on my errand go
if I should such require.
His prayers will lead in my behalf
if I should so desire.
My words are safe within his breast
as though within my own,
his hand forever at my back
to help me safely home.
Good counsel whispers in my ear
and warns of any danger.
By square and compass, Brother now
who once would call me stranger.
I might have lived a moral life
and risen to distinction
without my Brothers helping hand
and the fellowship of Masons.
But God, who knows how hard it is
to resist life's temptations,
knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took that obligation.
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