In Masonic language, refreshment is opposed in a peculiar sense to labour. While a Lodge is in activity it must be either at labour or refreshment. If a Lodge is closed until its next communication, the intervening period is one of abeyance, activity for Masonic duty in the Lodge having for the time been suspended; though its powers and privileges as a Lodge still exist, and may be at any time be resumed. But when active labour is only temporarily suspended, with the intention of soon again resuming labour, the intermediate period is called a time of refreshment.

See also: Labour to Refreshment and Adjournment

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