February 2013 – Freemasons New Zealand

February 2013

Learning RitualLEARNING RITUAL – AN EASY PROCESS by Andrew Skidmore
This book presents a simple, effective, and time-proven approach to the memorization and performance of Masonic ritual. Learning Ritual: A Simple Process offers the reader a simple universal approach to any form of Masonic ritual whether it is Blue or Craft Lodge or that of a high degree. This is the concise and sensible route to delivering ritual to the best of one’s ability. Learning a part in a Masonic ritual is a journey. It’s something that adds depth, meaning, and a new understanding to what you have already experienced in the Masonic Temple. This is the first time a book has been published that combines information on elements of performance and that of memorization, which of course are interlinked in every way. Andrew Skidmore demonstrates that learning ritual doesn’t have to be a stressful and worrying undertaking. This book provides you with the practical advice you need to perform your ritual role without fear of freezing or making a mistake.


YORK MYSTERIES REVEALED (Understanding an old English Masonic Tradition)
by Revd Neville Barker Cryer
In many of the earliest Masonic manuscripts we read of the great influence of York and a mysterious Prince Edwin, on the history of Freemasonry. This has been assumed a myth by most historians. But ….could these early stories regarding the importance of York be true? Or at least based on true events, confused as they may have become when handed down over centuries?
The story which is told in these pages has never before been fully represented and will change the way we view the origins of Freemasonry in the British Isles forever. Join the Revd Neville Barker Cryer on a historical detective trail through the history of York Masonry, from the 9th to the 19th century.
Discover –
• The true origins of the American York Rite
• The hidden mysteries of the City of York
• The first Recorded Speculative Masonic Initiations.
• The first Royal Arch Chapter in the world
• The truth about the rival Grand Lodge of All England


Laughter on the Level LAUGHTER ON THE LEVEL
by Martin Faulks
Are you ready for a sponsored laugh? Do you believe that Freemasonry should be fun? If so then this is the book for you. “Laughter on the Level” is a handy compendium of Masonic jokes and one-liners, that fits easily into your pocket. Unlike other joke books designed for use at the festive board, this title contains jokes only about Freemasons and Freemasonry. If you don’t know how many Freemasons it takes to change a lightbulb, or the one about the Masonic parrot, then you are just going to have to buy the book!
All royalties from the sale of this book are donated to Break, a charity that provides holidays and respite care for children and adults with learning disabilities from all areas of the country. Help bring relief to those suffering from hard challenges in life.
Perhaps laughter is the best medicine after all!


An explanation of some Masonic applications of the volume of the sacred law.