Peoria Lodge 31 Free & Accepted Masons in Arizona
Peoria Lodge No. 31 was chartered in 1922 through dispensation of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Arizona. Over the years the Lodge has remained constant in its location in downtown Peoria, but has grown and adapted to changing times. Today Peoria Lodge No. 31 consists of over 200 brethren in Arizona and across the world. The Lodge works hard to maintain the traditions and ancient knowledge of those that have gone before, so as to pass it on to the next generation of Freemasons who will in time themselves take the reigns of the fraternity.
Stated Meeting on December 1st. at 7pm
There be no Dinner served at this time.
Message From the Worshipful Master
Welcome to Peoria Lodge No. 31
The Trowel of 31
The is an implement of Operative Masonry, which has been adopted by Speculative Freemasons as the peculiar working-tool of the Master's Degree. By this implement, and its use in Operative Masonry to spread the cement which binds all the parts of the building into one common mass, we are taught to spread the cement of affection and kindness, which unites all the members of the Masonic family, wheresoever dispersed over the globe, into one companionship of Brotherly Love and an old custom in an Oxford Lodge, England, gave it prominence as a jewel, and as a symbol it goes back to the practice of the Ancient.
Today this implement is considered the appropriate working-tool of a Master Mason, because, in Operative Masonry, while the Apprentice is engaged in preparing the rude materials, which require only the Gage and Gavel to give them their proper shape. the Fellow Craft places them in their proper position by means of the Plumb, Level, and Square; but the Master Mason alone, having examined their correctness and proved them true and trusty, secures them permanently in their place by spreading, with the trowel, the cement that irrevocably binds them together. The Trowel has also been adopted as the jewel of the Select Master. But its uses in this Degree are not symbolical. They are simply connected with the historical legend of the Degree.