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The Symbolism of the Masonic Apron
The apron derives its meaning as the symbol of wholesomeness. That symbolism is derived from two different aspects. First of all; the color of white of the Masonic apron and secondly; the material from which the Masonic apron is made. It is from each of these points of view that we need to consider before the symbolism of the Masonic apron can truly be appreciated. The color must be pure and unadulterated white. For all time, white has been symbolic of innocence and purity. In the early ages of the Christian faith, a white garment or blanket was always placed upon the newly baptized as a symbol of their innocence and purity and to denote that the newly baptized had been cleansed of their sins. This practice is still commonplace in today’s culture. The white alb is a part of the vestments of the Roman Catholic Church. The alb is a long, white linen liturgical vestment worn by the priest during the holy mass. It symbolizes the innocence and purity that should adorn the soul of the priest who ascends the altar. It is said to stimulate to piety by teaching us the purity of heart and body that we should possess when being present at the holy mysteries. In most all of the religions of other nations, white is symbolic of innocence and purity.
In so far as the material of the Masonic apron; it is without question, required to be of lambskin. There is no other material such as silk, satin or linen that can be substituted without destroying the symbolism of the garment. Throughout the ages, the lamb has been a symbol of innocence and purity. In Masonry; the pure and unspotted lamb-skin Masonic apron is symbolic of the perfection of body and purity of mind which are essential qualifications of anyone participating in the Masonic sacred mysteries.
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