Upon completion of the Master Mason degree, a Bible Presentation is performed by
the Worshipful Master or other Lodge Officer to the new member of the Masonic
The award of the Holy Book via a Master Mason Bible presentation ceremony is a privilege for any Master Mason and marks the
beginning of the new Master Mason's Trestle Board of life within the Masonic
My Brother, you have served your apprenticeship as a bearer of
burdens and hewer of stone in the quarries and have come at last to that exalted
position as an overseer of work,....a Master Mason, free to travel into foreign
countries, to work and receive Master's wages.
We have given you your tools to work with and taught you their
Masonic uses. We taught you how to properly divide your time by the 24
inch gauge, that you might have 8 hours in which to rest and 8 more to serve
your fellow man and worship your Creator.
We gave you the common gavel with which to rid your mind and
conscience of all the vices and superfluities of life, so that when your
appointed time arrives, you may find your proper place in that spiritual temple,
that house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.
We taught you to walk uprightly by the plumb, to square your
actions by the square of virtue, and how to meet and work on the level.
And, finally, we gave you the trowel with which to spread the cement of
brotherly love and affection that binds us into the greatest fraternity the
world has ever known; a brotherhood that extends into every far flung corner of
But, my Brother, there is one thing that we have not yet given
you,...something that every workman must have in order to do the best possible
work. We have not yet given you a set of plans to work by, or in our
Masonic language, ...your Trestle Board.
So, it is our pleasure and privilege at this time to present
you with your Trestleboard. This is the Masonic Bible on which you placed
your hands and kissed when you took your 3 Masonic Obligations here at this
Here is your book of plans, the most complete set of plans
ever given to a man. Here you will find a plan to guide you, comfort you,
to sustain you in every contingency, in joy or in sorrow, in riches or in
poverty, in fair weather or foul. The answer to ever question, to every
need, can be found between the covers of this great book.
How you will choose to use this set of plans, my Brother, is
not for me to say. That is something you must work out for yourself.
You may find the answer in the words of the prophets...in the 10 Commandments as
laid down by Moses...in the records of the Mosaic found in the book of
Exodus...in the inspirations of the Psalms and written by David,...or in the
wisdom of the proverbs of King Solomon.
Or, you may find it by example,
the example of that perfect and most successful life lived 2000 years ago by a
But, let me tell you this, my Brother, and I say it in all
sincerity, whenever you turn to this Great Book to find your plan, you may fail
it,... but it will never fail you.
So, we give you this Book of Plans...this Trestle Board...with
our best wishes and blessings. It is yours to serve and guide you in your
social, your business...and most importantly, your family life.
And now, properly equipped with your Trestle Board, go forth,
my Brother, and do your work as a man and as a Master Mason!
Feel free to read and print this Masonic Bible Presentation Ceremony when you are
called upon to present your new Master Mason with his Masonic Book of Plans for
his life as a Brother within your Masonic Lodge.
Simon-Sez: Although this
is a Bible presentation, it may also be modified to be used with the presentation of any
Sacred Holy book from another religion.