"From time immemorial, it has been the custom of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons to lay, when requested to do so, with their ancient forms, the cornerstones of buildings erected for the worship of God, for educational purposes, or charitable purposes, or for the purpose of the administration of justice and free government and of no other buildings."
Thus begins the Cornerstone laying ceremony used by the Masons of Nebraska. This ceremony is nearly identical to the one used by our Brother and President George Washington when he laid the cornerstone for our Nation's capitol building. The Grand Lodge of Nebraska has been offering this ceremony since 1869 and has performed the ceremony for over 530 buildings in the state.
When requested to do so, the Officers of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska will perform this interesting and impressive ceremony to help a community celebrate the opening of such buildings as Hospitals, Court Buildings, Churches, Schools, Community Centers and more. This Cornerstone Ceremony is a symbol of the pride that local Lodges and all Nebraska Masons take in their communities and is a positive way to introduce the community to the Masonic Fraternity.
Take a few minutes to watch the video below and learn more about this ceremony.
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