The Worshipful Master
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
The Worshipful Master’s Station
represents the Column of Wisdom in the East, one of the three
principal supports of a Lodge. The approach to the Master’s Station
is by three steps, alluding to the three stages of a man’s life:
Youth, Manhood, and Age.
Symbolism: As the sun rises in the East to light man’s daytime
activities, the Worshipful Master, by virtue of his dedication and
experience, symbolically becomes the “light” or example for the Mason
to follow in his daily actions. Also, the Master represents the third
stage of a man’s live, AGE, which equates to wisdom and knowledge.
In American Lodges, as they say, the
Master “works covered”. He wears a hat while he presides and removes
it only when he refers to Deity.
Although there are many different explanations about the symbolism
of the Master’s Hat, it is generally agreed that the hat symbolizes