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Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr., R.W. Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania (pictured at right), raps the gavel to proclaim the Datestone "duly prepared" and (pictured top to bottom below), William Slater II, R.W.D.G.M., spreads the Corn; Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W.S.G.W., pours the Wine; and Stephen Gardner, R.W.J.G.W. pours the Oil.

Plumb, Level and Square... Corn, Wine, and Oil


The Masonic Ritual of laying the Cornerstone or placing a Datestone, as was performed at the Masonic Village at Sewickley, has been a custom and tradition from the early days of the Fraternity and continues to be a solemn privilege and honor for the Grand Master and Grand Lodge Officers to perform. Hearken to the significance of the intonations.

In the opening prayer, the Chaplain invokes, "We pray Thee to bless the work now begun with the Corn of Strength, the Wine of Refreshment, and the Oil of Joy.

The Grand Master directs his Grand Lodge Officers to verify that the Cornerstone or Datestone is "Plumb," "Level," and "Square." Satisfied in its perfection, the Grand Master declares it duly prepared "... according the Ancient Usages and Customs and Landmarks of Freemasonry, and may the Great Architect of Heaven and Earth bless the work here begun and make it memorable to the latest generations." Spreading CORN from a cornucopia, the R.W. Deputy Grand Master says: "May plenty be showered down upon the people of this Ancient Commonwealth and may the labors of the Craft be refreshed by the giver of every good and perfect gift."

Pouring WINE from a vessel, the R.W. Senior Grand Warden says: "May health and safety be vouchsafed to the Craftsmen employed in erecting the Retirement Living buildings and may the Supreme Architect bless and prosper all their labors."

Pouring OIL from a vessel, the R.W. Junior Grand Warden says: "May the Supreme Ruler of the World vouchsafe unity, peace, and prosperity to the people of Pennsylvania and to the nations of the earth; preserve and protect the Fraternity of Freemasons and make the virtues of the Craft a lesson to the world and the labors of the Craftsmen easy and their burdens light."