• About

    Discover what it means to be a Cryptic Mason: the traditions, leadership and values we preserve.






  • CMMRF

    Learn about our partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine and how our philanthropy changes lives.

    Make a one time donation or - even better - commit to just
    $5 (or more)/month.






  • Join

    Let us help you on your personal Masonic Journey. Find a Friend - Brother - Companion to further your York Rite Experience.







  • Resources

    Access further information about our awards, history, rules and programs.






Relying on God
By Companion Jack A. Holloway
Illustrous Associate Grand Chaplain, Grand Council of Florida

Granite Scripture with Square and Compasses
Granite Scripture with Square and Compasses
(Public Domain)

"I lift my eyes up to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." -Psalm 121:1-2

Companions,

Whether we are looking at actual mountains or daunting personal circumstances which may seem mountainous to us, the quest is the same when we feel overwhelmed (where does my help come from?); and the writer of Psalm 121 reminds us of the only one on whom we can rely. The 15 Psalms 120-134 are known as the "Songs of Ascent" of which it is said the Jews sang on the way up to Jerusalem for the three required pilgrimages each year. Psalm 120 gives the personal plight of the ones starting out and ends with Psalms 134 giving a benediction from the Lord. The number 15 in the scriptures often corresponds to rest. The 15th day of the first month of the liturgical year is the Feasst of Unleavened Bread after Passover and the 15th day of the 7th month is the Festival of Booths after the summer harvest. There is a flight of 15 steps leading into the Temple on which the Temple Priests sang these Psalms. Whatever the history of these Psalms, the point to remember is that whatever our circumstances, we can rely on the "Maker of heaven and earth" to help us - and that is very comforting indeed.

May the LORD bless us and preserve our going out and our coming in both now and forevermore. Amen.

News from the 9th Arch

See ALL Articles
Sign Up for the Weekly Decryption

Featured Events

  • General Grand Master's Fire-Side Chat: Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 3pm MDT (GMT-6)
  • North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

See ALL Featured Events