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Ancient rites set Saturday Masons to lay Cornerstone

Posted: Friday, Sep 21st, 2012

MONTE VISTA Dennis Burch, Worshipful Master of Monte Vista Masonic Lodge No 73 in Monte Vista announced that, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, the lodge, with the assistance of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado will lay a cornerstone at the new Monte Vista High School building.

The event is open to the public and sponsored by Monte Vista Lodge No 73 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF&AM). The school is located at 295 Prospect Ave. in Monte Vista. School and local officials are expected to attend.

A time capsule will be installed behind the cornerstone, and will contain a history of the Masonic Lodge, as well as a history of the school, as well as articles from the original capsule opened this spring and other items as provided. It is the custom to seal the time capsule for 100 years.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this ancient ceremony.

The laying of cornerstones for public buildings has long been a standing traditional practice of Freemasons.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy examples of this was the laying of the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building in 1793 by George Washington, who officiated as master.

A number of local buildings have Masonic Cornerstones, such as the fire station in Monte Vista and the Colorado State Veterans Center.

The cornerstone of the Colorado State Capitol building was laid by the Freemasons in 1890 and rededicated in1990.

Freemasonry arrived in Colorado with the early miners.

Today in Colorado there are about 10,000 Freemasons who belong to the 134 Lodges scattered throughout the state.

The Masonic Fraternity is world-wide. In the United States alone there are about 3.4 million Freemasons.

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