What is the significance of the Masonic lamb?
The lamb is a symbol of innocence and purity.
White Masonic Lambskin Apron
Operative Freemasonry: In operative Freemasonry, an
apron was worn by operative masons to preserve their garments from stain.
Speculative Freemasonry: In speculative Freemasonry, the
apron reminds us that we must keep ourselves away from moral defilement; or in
the more figurative language as read in the Holy Scripture; we must keep our
garments white and keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
From the New Testament: "Unspotted From the World"
James 1:21 - "Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of
James 1:26-27: "If
anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but
deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Pure and undefiled
religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their
trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
Gallatians 5:19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are
evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry,
sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambition,
dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of
which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those
who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
The Masonic Lamb:
Masonic Lamb: From Albert Mackey's Revised
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Vol. 1, page 558 and 559, 1929
First Degree: In Ancient Craft Masonry, the Lamb is
the symbol of innocence; thus in the instructions of the First Degree: "In
all ages the Lamb has been deemed an emblem of innocence."
Hence it is required that a Freemason's Apron should be made of
lambskin. In the advanced Degrees, and in the Degrees of chivalry, as in
Christian iconography, or illustration, the lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ.
The introduction of this Christian symbolism of the lamb comes
from the expression of Saint John the Baptist, who exclaimed, on seeing Jesus,
"Behold the Lamb of God"; which was undoubtedly derived from the prophetic
writers, who compare the Messiah suffering on the cross to a lamb under the
knife of a butcher.
Paschal Lamb...also called the Holy Lamb: This was
the lamb offered up by the Jews at the paschal feast, (the Passover). This
has been transferred to Christian symbolism, to Easter, and naturally to
Chivalric Freemasonry; and hence we find it among the symbols of modern
Lamb of God in Christian Art: The paschal lamb, as
a Christian and Masonic symbol, also called the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, first
appeared in Christian art after the sixth century. This is depicted as a
lamb standing on the ground, holding by the left forefoot a banner, on which a
cross is inscribed.
This paschal lamb, or Lamb of God, has been adopted as a symbol
by the Knights Templar, being borne in one of the banners of the Order, and
constituting, with the square which it surmounts, the jewel of the Generalissimo
of a Commandery.
The lamb is a symbol of Christ; the cross, of His passion; and
the banner of His victory over death and hell.
Knights Templar Deed: Barrington states (Archaelogia
ix, page 134) that in a Deed of the English Knights Templar, granting lands in
Cambridgeshire, the seal is a Holy Land, and the arms of the master of the
Temple at London were argent, a cross gules, and on the nombril point thereof a
Holy Lamb, that is, a Paschal or Holy Lamb on the center of a red cross in a
End of Albert Mackey's dissertation on the Masonic Lamb
Sacrificial Lamb and the Passover
Long before the Knights Templar, Freemasonry, and even
Christianity, itself, existed, we repeatedly read of the sacrificial lamb
throughout the Holy Scriptures, beginning in Exodus. Exodus is the second
book as found in first the Torah, and later, in the Old Testament. The
Book of Exodus was written by Moses who lived approximately 1500 years before
Exodus 12:21: (from the Torah)
Then, Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto
them: "Draw out and take you lambs according to your families, and kill
the passover lamb.
Exodus 12:21: (from the King James Bible)
"Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto
them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the
The name “Passover” refers to the fact that G_d “passed over”
the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt.
Christian Lamb: For those of the Christian faith,
the lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ and is celebrated at Easter.
Jewish Lamb of the Passover: For those of the
Jewish faith, the lamb is a symbol of God's mercy and is celebrated each Spring
of the year with a special seder (a dinner or feast).
Masonic Lamb: Like many other Masonic symbols, the
Masonic lamb is a symbol which has been brought down to us from the Holy
It represents purity in all forms...physically, mentally and
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