Lodge St Andrew No: 1437 S.C.  Singapore
Regular Lodge Meeting: 3rd Monday of each month - Dress Code Black Tie Formal - Tyle @ 6:30pm
The Lodge Altar
Lodge St Andrew’s Altar Lodge St Andrew’s Altar At the center of the Lodge stands the Altar - older than all temples, as old as life itself - a focus of  faith and fellowship, at once a symbol and shrine of that unseen element of thought and yearning that all men are aware of and  which no one can define
The   altar   of   Lodge   St.   Andrew   was   a   gift   to   the   Lodge   and   was   donated   by   donated   by   Bro   H.C.   Faxon,   Bro G.R.   Nesbit,   Bro   McEwen   and   Bro   Reid   in   1949.   All   of   them   founder   members   of   the   lodge   in   1949.   One   side of the altar facing west of the temple has the original crest of the lodge on it.  To   date   we   do   not   have   more   detailed   information   on   hand   as   to   the   history   of   the   altar.   When   more information becomes available we will incorporate on this website. In   our   Lodge   of   St.   Andrew   and   most   Scottish   and   Irish   Constitution   Lodges   the   altar   stands   at   the   center   of the   Lodge   room,   slightly   nearer   the   East.      In   English   Constitution   Lodges   the   altar   is   placed   directly   in   front of    the    RWM.    The    altar    is    a    place    of    prayer,    the    pedestal    the    three    Great    Lights    rest    upon,    and    most significantly   the   place   where   all   oaths   and   obligations   are   sworn   and   taken.   The   three   Lesser   Lights   stand beside   it;   the   Right   Worshipful   Master   greets   the   Candidate   across   it;   and   it   is   a   symbol   and   emblem   of religious   contemplation.   Members   and   visitors   stand   before   it   to   salute   the   East   when   entering   or   leaving   the Lodge.  The   Masonic   altar   in   the   Lodge   is   a   symbol   of   our   place   of   communication   or   communion   with   the   Supreme Architect of the Universe and with each other. The   altar   within   the   Masonic   Lodge   represents   the   sanctity   of   the   Altar   of   Incense   within   the   Holy   of   Holies (Sanctum Sanctorum) in King Solomon's temple.  The   most   famous   altar   in   Scotland   is   the   Stone   of   Scone,   where   Kings   &   Queens   (of   Scotland)   have   taken the   oath   of   allegiance   for   centuries.   Marriage   rites   that   were   solemnized,   treaties   made   or   vows   taken   in   the presence   of   the   altar   were   deemed   more   holy   and   binding   than   if   made   elsewhere   because   it   was   there   man invoked   the   Supreme   Architect   as   witness.   In   religions   of   antiquity,   and   especially   among   the   peoples   who worshipped   the   Light,   it   was   the   usage   of   both   priests   and   people   to   pass   around   the   altar,   following   the course   of   the   sun   -   from   the   East,   by   way   of   the   South,   to   the   West   -   singing   hymns   of   praise   as   a   part   of their   worship.   Their   ritual   was   an   allegorical   picture   of   the   truth   that   underlies   all   religion,   that   man   must   live on earth in harmony with the rhythm and movement of the heaven’s. From   facts   and   hints   such   as   these   we   begin   to   see   the   meaning   of   the   altar   in   Masonry,   and   the   reason   for its   position   in   the   Lodge.   It   is   not   simply   a   piece   of   furniture;   a   kind   of   table   intended   to   support   the   VSL,   the Square   and   Compasses.   We   ought   to   reflect   that   the   altar   of   Masonry   is   an   altar   of   Freedom   -   not   freedom from   faith,   but   freedom   of   faith.   Beyond   the   fact   of   the   reality   that   God   exists   it   does   not   go;   allowing   every man   to   think   of   God   according   to   his   experience   of   life   and   his   vision   of   truth.   It   does   not   define   God,   much less dogmatically determine how and what men shall think or believe about God. No   one   ever   goes   to   a   Masonic   altar   alone.   No   one   bows   before   it   at   all,   except   when   the   Lodge   is   open   and in   the   presence   of   his   Brethren.   It   is   an   altar   of   fellowship,   as   if   to   teach   us   that   no   man   can   learn   the   truth for   another,   and   no   man   can   learn   it   alone.   Masonry   brings   men   together   in   mutual   respect,   sympathy   and good will, that we may learn in fraternity the truth that is hidden by apathy and lost by hate. It   is   interesting   to   further   consider   the   similarity   of   the   words   altar   and   alter.   To   alter   is   to   make   different,   to cause   change.   For   as   we   come   to   the   Masonic   altar,   we   supplicate   the   G.A.O.T.U   to   cause   a   beneficial change in ourselves to become better men and to His Glory and the welfare of our fellow creatures.
The above article and research was done by Bro Brent Allocok of Lodge St Andrew.