Fervency as a Masonic virtue is emphasized in the lecture of the First Degree; it is symbolized by charcoal because all metals may be dissolved by the ignited charcoal. Subsequently fervor and zeal are symbolized by the color scarlet, the appropriate tincture of Royal Arch Masonry. Biblical emphasis upon fervor and zeal in adherence to truth and in works of beneficence… — ( Galatians 4:18 - Titus 2:14 - Isaiah 59:17 )

See also: Chalk, Charcoal and Clay

Biblical References

Galatians 4:18

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

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Titus 2:14

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

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Isaiah 59:17

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

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