Ceremony to be Observed at Laying of the Cornerstone, Administration Building, Baylor Female College [Digital Version]

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Belton Lodge No. 166 A.F. and A.M., under special dispensation of the M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Texas, Ceremony to be Observed at Laying of the Cornerstone, Administration Building, Baylor Female College (April 22, 1907)

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Author: Belton Lodge No. 166 A.F. and A.M., under special dispensation of the M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Texas
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Description: 8 page program for the laying of the cornerstone with Masonic honors
Source(s): Belton Lodge No. 166 A.F. and A.M., under special dispensation of the M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Texas, Ceremony to be Observed at Laying of the Cornerstone, Administration Building, Baylor Female College (April 22, 1907)
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CEREMONY TO BE OBSERVED
AT
LAYING OF THE CORNER STONE
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
BAYLOR FEMALE COLLEGE

[Figure]
[Description of figure: photograph]

Belton, Texas: Monday, April 22nd, 1907 UNDER SPECIAL DISPENSATION OF THE M. W. GRAND MASTER
OF MASONS IN TEXAS.



[Figure] Belton High School Building.
[Description of figure: photograph]


The procession, having arrived at the proper place, will halt and open
to the right and left, facing inward, and the Grand Master and his officers
pass through and take their proper places on the platform pepared
for the occasion.

The Grand Master commands silence and says:

G. M.—R. W. Sr. Gr. Warden: The Grand Lodge
of Texas having been invited to lay the corner stone of
this edifice, to be devoted to the study of the liberal
arts and sciences, that valuable branch of education
which tends so effectually to polish and adorn the mind
and to enable mankind to read the wisdom, strength
and beauty in the works of the Great Creator, and
having assembled for that purpose, I now order that
this, the representation of the Grand Lodge of Texas
do now assist me in the performance of this work.
This my will and pleasure you will therefore proclaim
to the Junior Grand Warden, that the brethren and
others present may have due notice thereof.

S. G. W.—Brother Junior Grand Warden: It is the
order of the most Worshipful Grand Master that the
corner stone be now laid with Masonic honors. This
you will proclaim to all present, that the occassion may
be observed with due order and solemnity.

J. G. W.—Brethren and all present will take notice
that the Most Worshipful Grand Master will now proceed
to lay this corner stone in due Masonic from. You
will therefore observe the order and decorum becoming
the important and solemn ceremonies in which we are
about to engage.

Prayer by Grand Chaplian.

G. M.— * * *

G. M.—R. W. Grand Treasurer:—I now order you to
deposit the corn, medals and papers in the place prepared
for their reception.

[Appropriate deposits are now made in the cavity of the Corner
stone.]

The principal architect then hands the working
tools to the Grand Master, who says:


G. M.—W. Grand Marshall: You will present the
working tools of the craft to the R. W. Deputy Grand
Master, the R. W. Senior and Junior Grand Wardens.
(Done.)

The G. M., with the Trowel (descending from platform)
stands at the east of the stone.

The D. G. M., with the Square on right of G. M.,

The S. G. W., with the level at the west of the stone.

The J. G. W., with the plumb at the south of the stone.

The G. M. then spreads the cement, and says:

G. M.—W. Grand Marshall:— You will order the
Craftsmen to lower the stone by three motions.

Grand Marshall—Craftsmen: It is the order of the
M. W. Grand Master that you now lower the stone by
three motions. (Done.)

The public grand honors are then given.

The square, level and plumb are then applied to the stone by the
proper officers.

G. M.—R. W. Deputy Grand Master: What is the
proper jewel of your office?

Response—The square.

G. M.—What are its moral and Masonic uses?

Response—To square our actions by the square of virtue and prove our work.

G. M.—Have you applied the square to those parts
of the stone that should be squared?

I have M. W. Grand Master, and the Craftsmen have
done their duty.

G. M.—R. W. Senior Grand Warden: What is the
proper jewel of your office?


Response—The Level.

G. M.—What are its moral and Masonic uses?

Response—Morally it reminds us of equality and we
use it to lay horizontals.

G. M.—Have you applied the level to the stone?

Response—I have, M. W. Grand Master, and the
Craftsmen have done their duty.

G. M.—R. W. Junior Grand Warden: What is the
proper jewel of your office?

Response—The plumb.

G. M. What are its moral and Masonic uses?

Response—Morally it teaches us rectitude of conduct,
and we use it to try perpendiculars.

G. M.—Have you applied the plumb to the several
edges of the stone?

Response—I have, M. W. Grand Master, and the
Craftsman have done their duty.

G. M.—Having full confidence in your skill in the
Ancient Art, it remains with me to finish the work.

The G. M. then gives three knocks upon the stone
with the Gavel and says:

G. M.—I find this foundation-stone well formed,
true and trusty, having been duly tested by the implements
of Masonry; and may this undertaking be conducted
and completed by the Craftsmen according to
the design upon the trestle board, and in peace, love and
harmony.

The Grand Marshall hands to Deputy Grand Master
vessel containing corn.

Deputy Grand Master (spreading the corn upon the
stone) says:

May the health of the workmen employed in this
undertaking be preserved to them and the Supreme
Grand Architect bless and prosper their labors.

Response by brethren: So mote it be.

The Grand Marshall hands to Senior Grand Warden
vessel containing wine.

Senior Grand Warden (pouring the wine upon the
stone) says:

May plenty be showered down upon the people of
this State, and may the blessing of the bounteous Giver
of all things attend their philanthropic undertakings.

Response by brethren: So mote it be.

The Grand Marshall hands to Junior Grand Warden
vessel containing oil

Junior Grand Warden (pouring the oil upon the
stone) says:


May the Supreme Ruler of the World preserve the
people in peace and vouchsafe to them the enjoyment
of every blessing.

Response by brethren: So mote it be.

G. M.—May the Corn of nourishment, the Wine of
refreshment, the Oil of joy, and all the neccessaries of
life abound among men throughout the world, and may
the blessing of Almighty God be upon this undertaking
and may this beautiful structure here to be erected be
preserved to the latest ages, in order that it may promote
the useful purposes for which it is designed.***

Response by brethren: So mote it be.

G. M. then presents the implements to Principal
Architect and syas:

G. M.—To you, Brother Architect, are confided the
implements of operative Masonry, with the fullest
confidence that, by your skill and taste, a fabric shall
arise which shall add new lustre to your fame as a Master
Builder; and may this edifice endure for many
years, a monument to the liberality and benevolence
of its founders.

Response by brethren: So mote it be.

The Masonic ceremonies are then concluded with the following
BENEDICTION
by the Grand Chaplain.

May the blessings of Heaven rest upon us and all
regular Masons; may brotherly love prevail, and every
moral and social virtue cement us. Amen.

Response—So mote it be.

The Lodge will then return, in charge of the Grand Marshall and
in the same form as above set out, to the Lodge Room and will be
closed in ample form.

PROGRAM

10:00 A. M.

Doxology.

Invocation.

Music Chorus.

Address on behalf of the board of Trustees
by Rev. W. C. Lattimore. D. D., Denton, Texas

Belton and Baylor College Dr. J. M. Frazier, Belton

Music Orchestra.

Address by Rev. Jeff D. Ray, D. D., Waco.

Music Duo—Piano and Cello
Benediction.

2:30 P. M.

Music.

Masonic Ceremonies.

Past Grand Master Geo. W. Tyler, Presiding.

Baylor Song, Chorus and Orchestra.

Baylor Ode Dr. E. H. Wells

Read by Miss Coleman.

Address Dr. S. P. Brooks, Pres. Baylor University.

Duo Piano and Cello.

8:00 P. M.

Music Glee Club.

Invocation.

Music Vocal Solo.

Address Dr. B. H. Carroll, Dean of Theological
Seminary, Waco.

Music Orchestra.



[Figure] Court House, Belton Texas.
[Description of figure: photograph]



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