Here is another word that is heard by Masons in our Ritual. But I’m pretty sure it isn’t used when a few guys get together for a coffee or other beverage.
Effaced rhymes with ‘defaced’ and doesn’t quite mean that. The Mason on his journey is reminded of an earlier lecture, with the hope that he hasn’t forgotten that lesson because Masonry is a progressive science. Something that is effaced has been removed, or obliterated, or erased, or worst of all: forgotten. Our lessons are portrayed with drama to make an impression not only on the mind of the initiate, but on the mind of every Mason, so each of us can learn to apply the lessons throughout our lives.
There are some words in Masonic ritual that are simply not common outside our tyled lodges. Or Masons learn the meaning of the word as it was used in an older time. Such it is with the word ‘ejaculation’.
A phrase in an early lecture is ‘the many pious prayers and ejaculations offered up by King David’. Some of the uninitiated who hear the word ejaculation’ will recall their sex education classes — and be confused. The educated man knows this use of the word ‘ejaculation’ properly means to speak a quick and short prayer or religious exclamation such as “The Holy Sts. John, pray for us”. An initiated and educated Mason will acknowledge an example of an ejaculation is “so mote it be”.
I offer this short message so you might make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge. I serve my Brethren as the Sarnia District Librarian and Historian, so I work to make many resources available for Masonic Education. For information about Sarnia District, visit our website (and look for the page about our District Library).