History of Atascosa Lodge #379
Atascosa Lodge #379 was organized by eleven Master Masons in Benton City in 1872 and chartered June 9, 1873, by the Grand Lodge of Texas, (AF&AM). The first lodge was on the second floor of a store in Benton City. In 1875 the cornerstone was laid for a sturdy two story stone structure, which also provided space for a public school. In 1908 the lodge purchased property in Lytle and built a new structure where meetings were held for 52 years. On December 16, 1961 the cornerstone was laid for the current structure. By the entrance you will find the cornerstone from the first stone structure in Benton City . (Pictured is the Oringal Lytle Lodge Building)
Atascosa Lodge and the Lytle Community
The Worshipful Master is the chief administrator and presiding officer of the Lodge, elected annually by the members. The word “Worshipful” is a title of respect and does not imply adoration or worship. In the 18th century England, titled persons were referred to often as “Your Lordship”, or “Worshipful”. Even today, in rural England, the term “Worshipful” is used in the same sense as our word, “Sir”.
The Senior Warden, elected as the Worshipful Master’s chief
assistant, is the second of the Three Principal Officers and he is in
charge of the membership when the Lodge is in session. His jewel of
office is the Level.
Symbolism: The Senior Warden’s station is in the symbolic West and is situated on the second “step” or stage of man’s life, that of Maturity. He represents the Column of Strength, one of three symbolic supports of a Lodge.
The office of Junior Warden is elective, not
appointive, and he is the third of the Three Principal Officers of the
Lodge. He supervises the members when the Lodge is not in session, and
his insignia of office is the Plumb.
Symbolism: The Junior Warden represents the column of Beauty located in the symbolic South of the Lodge Room. His station is elevated one step, representing “Youth”, the first of three symbolic stages in the life of a man.