WM Mozart Lodge #121
Vice President of the 18th District Masters and Wardens Association
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Messages from the East.
In the beginning of the Constitution of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of New Jersey are a set of ten ancient land- marks. These landmarks are indelible rules that our jurisdiction follows. Such as the Masonic Lodge must have a Master and two Wardens, and, when convened for Masonic work, must be duly tiled. Another specifies the duties and powers of the Grand Master as the ruler and leader of the Craft. There is one though that has often puzzled me. It is the eighth landmark.
The eighth landmark states that every Mason, for Masonic purposes, is subject to the jurisdiction of the lodge within whose jurisdiction he resides. I interpret this as a rule from a bygone time where traveling from one town to another was not only impossible under the constraints of time, but was also very dangerous. Most of our lodges are moon- light lodges. A moonlight lodge would meet on or around the time of lunar cycle. This would make it not only easier to traverse the unlit rural roads, but it would also protect the traveling brother from the approach of highwaymen or bandits that would be out to do him harm.
Fortunately, with the advent of many modern marvels such as the automobile, paved roads and ambient streetlighting, we now have the ability to travel from one end of the state to another with ease. If we today were to follow this landmark to the letter, to my dismay I may not have the honor of serving as your Worshipful Master. Most likely I would be calling Laurel Lodge or M.B Taylor Lodge in Hammonton my mother lodge. The eighth landmark offers no delineation where one’s lodge’s jurisdiction begins and an- other’s ends.
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