Friday, September 28, 2012

Quatuor Coronati Lodge - The Premier Lodge of Masonic Research

The Legend of the Quatuor Coronati

When in AD 298 the Emperor Diocletian was building his baths on the necks of the Quirinal and Virminal hills he included within its vast circuit a temple to Æsculapius, the god of health. He ordered the five sculptors, Claudius, Nicostratus, Sinforianus, Castorinus, and Simplicius to execute the decorative work and make the statue of Æsculapius.
Being Christians they refused to fashion the statue of a pagan god, and in consequence they were put to death on 8 November 298. Three were beheaded and two were scourged to death. Other artists were found who executed the work for the Emperor.
On the return of Diocletian to Rome in 300, finding the works completed, he issued an order for their dedication, and commanded that all the soldiers in Rome should be present, who, as they marched past, were to throw incense over the altar of Æsculapius.
As soon as this command was propagated, four brothers, who were master masons, and held the position of Corniculari, or wing-leaders of the city militia, met to decide what they should do under the circumstances. 
 These brothers were named Severus, Severianus, Carporferus, and Victorianus, who, besides being Masons, had embraced the Christian faith. They all agreed to abstain from throwing the incense over the altar, it being against their principles to assist in any way at pagan ceremonies of a religious nature. This determination they made known to their centurion, who communicated it to the tribune, Lampadius, who reported the matter to Diocletian. The Emperor ordered them either to sacrifice or suffer death. They, steadfast to their faith, suffered death by being scourged with leaden thongs. Their bodies were then enclosed in leaden cases and thrown into the river Tiber.
A brother, Nicodemus, recovered their bodies from the river, and they were interred by the side of the five sculptors previously martyred, and other saints, in the catacombs on the Via Labricana, which from the four Master Masons are to this day known as the Catacombs of the Quattro Coronati.

Source: S. Russell Forbes, Rambles in Rome, (1882), p. 196.

The following passage is taken from their website:
    The Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076 (United Grand Lodge of England). was founded in 1884 by nine Brethren who were intent on using an evidence-based approach to the study of Masonic history and research into Freemasonry.
    This innovative approach was intended to replace the imaginative writings of earlier authors on the history of Freemasonry. This new style and approach was later to be referred to as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research.
    The Founders planned to develop an interest in research among Brethren everywhere, to have papers read and discussed in Lodge and published in its transactions: Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (AQC). The Lodge thus hoped to attract the attention and enlist the cooperation of Masonic scholars in all parts of the world.
    Quatuor Coronati Lodge, the Premier Lodge of Masonic Research, continues today to work to the standards laid down in 1884 and we strive to maintain the high quality of research and discussion established at our foundation.
Those who would want to download some of the proceedings of the AQC can do so using this link.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


The dictionary defines an allegory as a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another. (1)

In an allegory the idea is expressed using symbolic figures, actions or words.

It takes its origin from around the year 1350 Originally ‘allegorie’ from the Latin allēgoria or Greek allēgoría.  It is a derivative of allēgoreîn ‘to speak so as to imply something other’.

The Pilgrim's Progress (2), by John Bunyan, is a famous allegorical book.
In it the character named Christian struggles to escape from a bog or swamp. The story of his difficulty is an allusion to the difficulty of leading a good life in the “bog” of this world. The “bog” is a metaphor or symbol of life's hardships and distractions. Similarly, when Christian loses a heavy pack that he has been carrying on his back, this symbolizes his freedom from the weight of sin that he has been carrying.
Pilgrim's Progress


  1. Allegory. [Online] [Cited: Sept 19, 2012.]
  2. Bunyan, John. The pilgrim's progress. s.l. : John Murray, 1839.

Photo credits:

  1. "Allegory": jaci XIII via photo pin cc
  2. "Pilgrim's Progress": failing_angel via photo pin cc

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Best FREE Cultural & Educational Media on the Web

"The study of the Liberal Arts, that valuable branch of education, which tends so effectually to polish and adorn the mind, is earnestly recommended to your consideration;"

Towards this end take a look at this treasure trove of Free Learning Material from a website known as Open Culture where you can find the following material for free: 

Or if you prefer just the essentials:

Could A Freemason Be President Today?

Interesting article!! Please click on the line below to read the full article.

Could A Freemason Be President Today?

What reasons can you give for this?
Are Freemasons not interested in politics any more?
Is politics too dirty for a Freemason?
What do you say?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Masonic Apron (3 min video)

Here is a teaser(3min) for a new Masonic Education video that the Grand Lodge of California is putting together about the Masonic apron.

Bro. Patrick Craddock, the traditional artist behind Craftman's Apron talks about the evolution of the Masonic apron from its operative form to its familiar shape today. 
The esoterically inclined might be surprised to hear about why today's apron is square and has a triangle flap. 

If you're not familiar with Bro. Patrick Craddock's work, 

The Spirituality in Masonic Teachings

Lodge  Sri  Brahadeeswara - No.150 on the rolls of the Grand Lodge of India will be completing  50 years  in November  2012.

The Golden Jubilee Celebrations have been scheduled on 12th and 13th January 2013.
As part of the Golden Jubilee, they are conducting a Global Essay Competition on the Topic:

“ The Spirituality in Masonic Teachings

The Rules of the Competition are as follows:
Maybe we may get to publish some of the prize winning essays too!! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Our Facebook page is ranked 6th on Google!!

Our Facebook page was created on August 28th.
On September 1st 2012 we are ranked 6th on Google!!