Secrecy and Silence

These virtues constitute the very essence of all Masonic character; they are the safeguards of the Institution, giving to it all its security and perpetuity. They are enforced by various symbols, special ceremonies in the ritual, and by frequent admonitions in all the degrees, from the lowest to the highest.

In requiring secrecy and silence in the mysteries of the Order, Masonry follows the principles in existence in all ancient mysteries and systems of worship. Moreover, since the mysteries, symbols, legends, tenets, and ritual of Freemasonry to which the membership of the Order is pledged to maintain secrecy and silence are all of the highest moral and ethical character, and in many instances profoundly religious and spiritual, there can certainly be no wrong in this requirement. Nothing contrary to the laws of God and of the state, nothing immoral, sinful, or criminal is involved in this law of secrecy and silence.

The fact that multiplied thousands of men of the highest intelligence, of the most enlightened ranks, of the most profound piety and holiness - leaders in church and in state and from whose lives there has radiated brilliance and lustre and virtue for the uplifting of humanity, have without compunction of conscience obeyed this rule of secrecy and silence removes all questions of its pure and holy character. Secrecy and silence recommended as commendable virtues, contributing to both security and perpetuity… — ( Proverbs 25:9 - Proverbs 17:28 - Ecclesiastes 3:17 )

Biblical References

Proverbs 25:9

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:

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Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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Ecclesiastes 3:17

I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

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