Please note: permission has been obtained from the Grand Lodge to publish the following.
The following is an example of a Masonic Commemoration which can be incorporated
as part of the funeral service for an eligible Freemason.
I extend an invitation to all in attendance to share these moments as we, as Freemasons, honour the memory of our brother (FULL NAME).
AT THIS TIME A SUMMARY OF THE BROTHER’S MASONIC HISTORY MAY BE GIVEN
The Great Architect of the Universe having been pleased in his infinite wisdom to remove our brother from the cares and troubles of this transitory life, may we, who survive him, be more firmly united in the bonds of brotherhood and in the service of God and our fellow men.
The passing of our brother conveys a powerful appeal to our hearts, reminding us of the uncertainty of lie and of the vanity of earthly hopes and desires.
For what are all the externals of human dignity, the power of wealth, the dreams of ambition, the pride of intellect, or the charms of beauty, when our mortal life is ended?
In death all ranks are levelled, all distinctions are done away. Here the sceptre of the prince and the staff of the beggar are laid side by side.
Thus, in humble dependence upon the mercy of God, we may hope, when our earthly life shall have passed away, to take our place in the Grand Lodge above, where the world’s Great Architect lives and reigns forever.
A PLAIN WHITE APRON IS EXHIBITED
The lambskin, or white apron, is the emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason. It is more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more honourable than the Garter, when worthily worn.
This emblem we now deposit where the earthly remains of our brother rest.
THE APRON IS PLACED ON THE COFFIN
A SPRIG OF EVERGREEN IS EXHIBITED
This evergreen, which once marked the resting place of our illustrious dead, is the emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul. This too, we deposit with the apron.
THE EVERGREEN IS PLACED ON THE COFFIN
By it we are reminded that we have an immortal part within us which shall never die. Through our faith in the mercy of God, we believe that our souls will bloom in eternal spring.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, we seek you consolation for those who by human ties are near and dear to our late brother. We thank you for the fraternal fellowship we have enjoyed with your servant, and pray that his faith has been such as to sustain the new life that comes after death. Enable us so to regulate our conduct here that, when the solemn moment arrives at which we must quit this mortal scene, our lives may meet with thy divine approbation.
Thus supported we cherish our brother’s memory and seek your aid as we continue our lives in peace and harmony with your divine will. Amen.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the Masonic Commemoration.