A ‘Lewis’ set to take his first step

On 20th October, the Hungerford Lodge will be performing the most important act any Lodge can, initiating a new Freemason. This particular new entrant, being the son of our Secretary, is particularly special as he is known as a Lewis – or the son of a Mason.

No one is absolutely certain why this term came to be adopted for the son of a Mason. It is thought to be derived from the device used by stonemasons to lift larger stones into place with a crane, chain block or winch.

The principle of the three-legged lewis sometimes known as St Peter's keys
The principle of the three-legged lewis sometimes known as St Peter’s keys “Wolf2” by Satrughna02 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf2.jpg#/media/File:Wolf2.jpg

According to the Library and Museum of Freemasonry – “Although [a lewis] is not a working tool used in Masonic ritual it can be seen as a symbol of strength, which a son is to his father.”

The Masonic Dictionary goes further …in the English ritual it is found among the emblems placed upon the tracing board of the Entered Apprentice, and is used in that degree as a symbol of strength, because, by its assistance, the operative Mason is enabled to lift the heaviest stones with a comparatively trifling exertion of physical power. Extending the symbolic allusion still further, the son of a Mason is in England called a Lewis,” because it is his duty to support the sinking powers and aid the failing strength of his father, or, as Oliver has expressed it, “to bear the burden and heat of the day, that his parents may rest in their old age, thus rendering the evening of their lives peaceful and happy.”

Whatever the derivation, we invite you to join us as we initiate a new Freemason and make a father incredibly proud of his son.

Author: Hungerford Lodge

A Lodge of Freemasons meeting 6 times a year in the Newbury Masonic Centre. 3rd Tuesday October, November (Installation), February, March, April & 2nd Tues December. Consecrated September 1925.

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