Tiler's Jewel

The Tiler for the 6017 Masonic Year is Brother Conrad Zvara.


The 'Tiler' (sometimes spelled 'Tyler')[3] is sometimes known as the 'Outer Guard' of the lodge. His duty is to guard the door (from the outside), with a drawn sword, and ensure that only those who are duly qualified manage to gain entry into the lodge meeting. In some jurisdictions, he also prepares candidates for their admission. The Tyler is traditionally responsible for preparing the lodge room before the meeting, and for storing and maintaining the regalia after the meeting. In some Jurisdictions the Tyler is a Past Master of the Lodge while in others he may be an employed brother from another lodge.

(From Masonic Lodge Officers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Available HTTP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonic_Lodge_Officers#Tiler, retrieved 3/16/12.)




It is not strange that men of note and learning, attracted by the wealth of symbolism on Masonry, as well as by its spirit of fraternity perhaps, also by its secrecy began at an early date to ask to be accepted as members of the order; hence Accepted Masons. How far back the custom of admitting such men to the Lodge goes is not clear, but hints of it are discernable in the oldest documents of the order. -J. F. Newton