The Officers and Their Stations in a Masonic Lodge


The three principal officers of a Masonic lodge are the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens.  Their chairs and stations are located in the East, West, and South.  These locations in many lodges are symbolic only because not all lodge buildings are situated East and West.  Such is the case with Hiram Lodge No. 98 AF & AM.


The chairs of the three principal officers are thus located to represent the three principal positions of the sun in the sky.  The sun rises in the East, at the end of the day it sets in the West, and at its meridian it is in the South.  The Worshipful Masterís station is in the East since he has responsibility for opening the lodge and providing light (knowledge) to the craft.  The Senior Warden is situated in the South since it is his responsibility to assist in closing the lodge and making sure nothing is left undone.  The Junior Warden calls the craft from labor to refreshment when the sun is in the South and is at its meridian.


It is also said that the three stages of human life are represented by the three principal officers.   The Junior Warden represents youth, the Senior Warden represents manhood, and the Worshipful Master represents age.  In youth, we ought industriously to occupy our minds in the attainment of useful knowledge; in manhood, we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties to God, our neighbor, and ourselves; so that in age, as Master Masons, we may enjoy the happy reflections consequent on a well-spent life, and die in the hope of a glorious immortality.

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