Masonic Temple, Beckwourth

The term Masonic Temple originates in Masonic ritual and tradition. Masonic tradition, as expressed through the fraternity’s ritual, holds that the first Masonic Lodge was formed at the building of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, and that Freemasons are the philosophical heirs of the operative stonemasons who build it. A Freemason engages in building “a spiritual temple in his heart” a “house not made with hands” that echos the physical temple built by operative stonemasons in Jerusalem.

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