My Brethren, let us remember that each at this consecrated board has been selected through the witness of his silence, the faith of his integrity and the loyalty of his friendship. Each of us bears the honorable rank, style and title of “Freemason” because we strive always toward justice and have broken bread, honestly earned, with our brothers and fellows. Let us approach our labors with gratitude for the material and spiritual sequence which we have been privileged to receive as our Masonic birthright.
~ Past Agapes ~
Brethren, you are now to quit this sacred retreat of friendship and virtue, to mix again with the world. Amidst its concerns and employments, forget not the duties you have heard so frequently inculcated and forcibly recommended in this lodge. Be diligent, prudent, temperate, discreet. Remember that around our altar you have promised to befriend and relieve every worthy brother who shall need your assistance. Remember that you have promised to remind him, in the most tender manner, of his failings and aid his reformation. These generous principles are to extend further. Every human being has a claim upon your kind offices. Do good unto all.
Bro. Thaddeus Mason Harris, ca. 1792 ~ Grand Lodge of Massachusetts