Volume LVMay 2008Number 2

The Lewis Jewel: A Symbol of Strength

Any father would be proud that his son has chosen to follow in his footsteps by becoming a Mason.

Now, the father of a newly-Raised son can show his pride by presenting his new "brother" with the Lewis Jewel. Used for many decades by the United Grand Lodge of England to honor a new Mason's father, the Lewis Jewel is offered throughout Canada and has recently been adopted by several Grand Jurisdictions in the United States, including Vermont, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia and Connecticut. At the Annual Grand Communication in December, it was announced that the Lewis Jewel is recognized and available to qualifying Pennsylvania Masons.

The Lewis Jewel may be worn by a Mason if, at the time of his Initiation, his father is a Member in good standing. The initiate son of a deceased father who was in good standing at the time of his death would also qualify. The jewel is suspended from two chains with two bars. The upper bar contains the name of the father and the date of his Initiation. The lower bar contains the name of the son and date of his Initiation. The Jewel comes in a wallet with a pocket holder.

The lewis is a type of lifting device employed by operative masons to raise heavy blocks of stone into place since Medieval times. According to the Junior Warden's Lecture used in the United Grand Lodge of England dating from 1801, the word lewis denotes strength, and signifies the son of a Mason: "...his duty is to bear the heat and burden of the day, from which his parents, by reason of their age, ought to be exempt; to help them in time of need, and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable; his privilege for so doing is to be made a Mason before any other person however dignified."

The Lewis Jewel can be obtained from Dominion Regalia by calling (866) 423-4086 or logging on to www.dominionregalia.com.

The application for the jewel may be made by the father or son and is submitted to the Lodge Secretary, who confirms the dates and standing of both the father and the son and attests to from the Grand Secretary's Office and are available to print out from the Grand Lodge Web site, www.pagrandlodge.org (click on "Grand Secretary," scroll down to the Order/Supplies heading, and click on Lewis Jewels). The jewel is then ordered from the vendor, who engraves it. The Lewis Jewel ideally is presented to the son by the father on the date of his Raising.

*The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania acknowledges the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for much of this information.

Bro. William J. Shaw, P.M., (holding gavel) raised his son, Scott W. Shaw (3rd from left) on Jan. 15, 2008, in Concord Lodge No. 625, Concordville, and applied to acquire the newly endorsed Lewis Jewel. Sharing in the occasion were the following brethren (left-right): Scott's cousin, Bro. Richard Merion, West Chester Lodge No. 322; his grandfather, Bro. William C. Kelly Sr., Concord Lodge; his uncle, Bro. William C. Kelly Jr., Concord Lodge; and cousin, Bro. Ralph Kelly, Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia.

"All in the Family Gatherings"

Now is the time to gather as a family to learn about our related organizations and help each other grow and prosper.

This year, the Pennsylvania Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will emphasize "Fraternal Relations" and provide opportunities for the Masonic family to learn more about each other.

In an effort to bring all Masonic Organizations together as a family, The Order of the Eastern Star is organizing "All in the Family Gatherings" to be held in six locations across the state. All members of Masonic bodies have been invited to attend, as well as their families and friends.

Event LocationEvent Date Event Leader Leader's Phone
Williamsport Oct. 26, 2008 Nannette Quimby 570-634-2137
Altoona Nov. 2, 2008 Doris Wagner 717-483-6921
Erie Nov. 23, 2008 William Sopp 814-476-7208
Elizabethtown Feb. 1, 2009 A. Faye Hoover 717-249-2432
Pittsburgh Mar. 1, 2009 Peggy Barnett 724-942-0566
Dallas Mar. 22, 2009 Jan Jacobus 570-788-2492

Highlights of Each Event Will Include:
  • Subscription will be $12.00 for ages 7 and older.
  • An ecumenical church service will start at 10 a.m. Each organization will be recognized at the end of the church service.
  • A light lunch will be provided after the church service.
  • Information booths from all organizations will be set up, displaying such items as literature, pictures, scrapbooks, scholarship programs, awards, charitable endeavors and of course, petitions. It will be staffed with members dressed in full Masonic regalia.
  • Demonstrations will be held by the youth organizations.
  • A craft table will be available for you to make a tray favor craft. These favors will be given to the Masonic Villages and Shiner's Hospitals.
  • The event will conclude at 3 p.m.

Sisters and Brothers, mark your calendars, fill up your cars with family and friends and join us for a wonderful day of fellowship and learning!

Come to one or more of the events and spend some time with your Fraternal Family. Only by your participation and enthusiasm can we make each of these events a success.

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