FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE
SOVEREIGN SANCTUARY OF THE 95 AND LAST DEGREE OF THE
ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE
REGULAR MASONIC BODY OF FREEMASONRY
PUBLISHED BY KIND PERMISSION OF HIS GRACE THE
Rui Gabirro, Duke Alexandre of Cabinda
Sovereign Grand Conservator General of the Rite
Addresses at the Installation of a Lodge
Brethren, a new pleat is today unfolded in the great banner of the fraternity. Goodwill, that smiling goddess, beautiful as the dawn of a spring-day, has descended amongst us; attentive to its sweet voice, noble souls are grouped around her, and await her orders. Sacred Orient, it is in the midst of thy regions strewn with ruins that one must seek the origin of the human race. Thy plains are the cradle of intellectual culture. It is in luxurious precincts, O queen of cities, which once adorned the rich banks of the Nile, splendid Memphis, where the most imposing cult was given to Isis, sublime symbol of Nature, Mother and nurse of men and of thing, what more significant emblem could be chosen to decorate the front of this modest temple? On what more solid foundations could be placed the base of our sacred precincts than the broken columns covered with the moss of thirty centuries where the great reformers of old went to seek the key of the most profound knowledge and the most sublime truths? On glancing at the immense field that opens before us, on examining the many phases that have had to be passed by man’s genius before consolidating the model social edifice on the foundations which support it today I do not know where to commence. Shall I search amongst the ruins and the hieroglyphics of the Egyptians? Shall I, in the fabulous traditions of antiquity, seek a point of departure to establish a connection between the societies that flourished on the banks of the Nile and the order of regular Masonry of the 18th and 19th centuries? But we shall, perhaps, seek in vain in these ancient societies the grand principles of pure humanity, the efforts to awake in the hearts of men the sentiments of union and fidelity, the liberty of conscience, the philosophic and religious opinions, the tolerance, the love and fraternal assistance and philanthropy. The different phases of development to which for a long time the Lodges of the Sublime Architect of the Worlds have submitted, represent to us a society intimately connected with the highest destinies of mankind and the elevated culture of the human mind; an alliance with many branches but with one aim, which is to bring us nearer and nearer to the purest human perfection—an alliance which if it pursues its route and rests faithful to the essentials of Freemasonry, despite the obstacles of the outside world, shows with precision the path which leads to the most sublime results, that is to say, to social unit. It is for you, my brethren, to develop the germ of a humanitarian alliance, pure, universal, in conformity with the spirit of truth, in harmony with the ideal of political and religious forms. The task is magnificent; it is long and difficult, but it is beautiful; the road was shown, and to some extent made easier, by the chosen spirits of every condition, of all times and of all countries. With the compass in one hand, the sword in the other, we will measure the distances and avoid the dangers. Future generations will benefit by what we are resolved to continue. After these remarks on the Masonic order in general, allow me, brethren, to return to the temple of which we celebrate the installation today; may the All Powerful protect His workers, direct their labors and bless their efforts in converting them to actions beneficial to mankind. I will not trespass any longer on your indulgence, brethren, but before concluding this address of friendship, join with me in offering the tribute of our gratitude to the brethren who have founded this temple, and especially to those distinguished brethren who imbued with the most noble sentiments for the happiness of mankind have come here to enlighten and guide us in the first steps towards true wisdom.
PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT INSTALLATION
Brethren, before leaving, will you permit us to express to you our deepest gratitude for the fraternal assistance you have given us. Like us, you will find your recompense in the honorable and prosperous position that this Lodge is destined to hold, now that it has overcome its many difficulties. A new brilliance, unknown in the other Lodges, will light up this Lodge, and will make you realize more and more the benefits of our fraternity, and the grandeur of our Institution. It is by knowledge of the principles and causes of our human actions that the practice of a calm moral philosophy will become more familiar and more profitable to you; all good sentiments will come of their own accord into your hearts, and will make it easier for you to triumph by virtue over your passions. You have understood Freemasonry as the enlightened Rite of Memphis understands it—Brotherhood, Tolerance and Goodness towards all, and devotion to our ancient institution; submission to the Grand Empire, a sincere and religious cult to the Author of Nature. Such are the solid foundations on which rests the edifice you raise to the glory of Memphis, and by such you will bring Freemasonry once again to its original plan, to its spirit of civiliation and goodwill. To attain this desired end, you have faithfully obeyed the instructions which keep from our assemblies all frivolous and vulgar subjects; you have used Freemasonry to do well, and not as an excuse for wasting the hours and for sterile amusements. Continue, Brethren, to be an example of zeal and devotion, that order and harmony may be ever with you; that knowledge to which you aspire will enlighten you, and you will soon reap the fruits of your labors and of the noble mission you wish to accomplish.
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