The Masonic Sermon

Grand Orient of Belgium December 1838

Masonic conduct is to adore the Grand Architect of the Universe. Love thy neighbor. Do no evil. Do good. Suffer man to speak. The worship most acceptable to the Grand Architect of the Universe consists of good morals and the practice of all the virtues. Do good for the love of goodness itself alone. Ever keep thy soul in a state so pure as to appear worthily before the presence of the Grand Architect, who is God. 

Love the good, succor the weak, fly from the wicked, but hate no one. Speak seriously with the great, and prudently with thy equals, sincerely with thy friends, pleasantly with the little ones, and tenderly with the poor. Do not flatter thy Brother, for that is treason. If thy Brother flatter thee, beware that he doth not corrupt thee. Listen always to the voice of conscience. 

Be a father to the poor. Each sigh drawn from them by thy hard-heartedness will increase the number of maledictions which will fall upon thy head. Respect the stranger on his journey and assist him, for his person is sacred to thee. Avoid quarrels and forestall insults. Ever keep the right on thy side. Respect Woman, never abuse her weakness. Die rather than dishonor her. 

If the Grand Architect hath given thee a son, be thankful, but tremble at the trust He hath confided to thee. Be to that child the image of Divinity. Until he is ten years old let him fear thee. Until he is twenty let him love thee and until death let him respect thee. Until he is ten years old, be his master, Until twenty his father and until death his friend. Aim to give him good principles rather than elegant manners, that he may have enlightened rectitude, and not a frivolous elegance. Make of him a honest man rather than a man of dress. 

If thou blushes at thy condition it is pride. Consider that it is not the position which honors or degrades thee, but the manner in which thou dost fill it. 

Read and profit, see and imitate, reflect and labor. Do all for the benefit of thy Brethren, that is working for thyself. Be content in all places, at all times, and with all things. Rejoice in justice, despise iniquity, suffer without murmuring. Judge not lightly the conduct of men, blame little, and praise still less. It is for the Grand Architect of the Universe who searches the heart to value His work.