In the western world the nations uncover their head as a sign of respect when they enter a place of worship; the eastern uncover their feet. To keep the head covered while all around stands uncovered is a token of superiority and rank of office, the badge of his authority. To uncover the head in the presence of superiors is a mark of respect and reverence; it is equally a mark of superior rank in office not to uncover the head. For this reason the Worshipful Master removes his hat during prayer in the lodge room. — ( Exodus 3:5 - Joshua 5:15 )

Biblical References

Exodus 3:5

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Joshua 5:15

And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

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