A Symbol of Knowledge

Light is a symbol of knowledge. It is in fact the first of all the symbols presented to the initiate, and continues to be presented to him in various forms throughout his Masonic career. It is the ultimate desire of every Mason to be well informed on Masonry, and every Mason should constantly strive for light, and especially for light eternal!

The Worshipful Master, who introduces light into the lodge, must be a worthy man, and experienced in the Craft. Freemasons are emphatically called the "sons of light" because they are, or should be, in possession of the true meaning of the symbol.

In all ancient systems of religion and in all ancient mysteries, the reverence for Light, as an emblematic representation of the Eternal Principle of Good, is predominant. This was true in Hebraism and Judaism, and is true in Christianity; it is true throughout the the ritual of Freemasonry in a most predominant sense. The greater Light of Freemasonry is the Word of God (the Volume of the Sacred Law); Masons are pledged to seek from this source of true light and from the tenets of the Order an ever increasing advancement in Light. — ( Genesis 1:3,4 - Matthew 13:16,17 )

Biblical References

Genesis 1:3,4

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

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Matthew 13:16,17

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

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