The Apron

 

Many Masonic Lodges present a white lambskin apron to each newly raised Master Mason. Upon presentation of the apron, a Master Mason is told that it is an emblem of innocence, and the Badge of a Mason; that it is his, to be worn upon all proper occasions throughout an honorable life.

Proper occasions for wearing the Masonic apron would include attending your Lodge while the Lodge is at labor in either of the three degrees, or during a Stated Communication. The apron could be worn during public meetings such as open installation of Lodge officers, family night, father and son nights, etc., and when a Lodge assembles to conduct Masonic burial services for a deceased Brother. Also, the apron is worn at other public meetings, such as Grand Lodge dedication of buildings, and the leveling of cornerstones.

It should be pointed out that rarely does a Master Mason wear the original lambskin apron. As a rule, each Lodge furnishes white cloth aprons to be worn by members and visitors. Cloth aprons are more easily cleaned and are less expensive to furnish, but cloth aprons should and must be kept clean and attractive because, Masonically speaking, they represent the purity and innocence of the lamb, and remind us of "purity of heart and uprightness of conduct."

The Masonic apron, when properly worn, shall be completely visible at all times. While wearing a coat as part of your dress, whether in public meetings or within the tiled recesses of your Lodge, the Masonic apron is correctly worn outside the coat.

The Masonic apron is a natural curiosity to the non-Mason. It is often referred to by such descriptive terms as "that funny little apron" or other such terms by those who through ignorance fail to completely comprehend its true attachment to the Mason. The apron has always been associated with work. Except a man be working, he would have no need for an apron. When the Mason puts on his apron, he is signifying to the world his willingness to work at his accepted responsibility. Further, he is signifying the dedication of himself to a life of purity before God and man; because the material of the Masonic apron is lambskin it is also associated with innocence.