THE TIME AND THE VIRGIN

The broken column carefully laid on the third step of the base completes the symbolic legend of the Third Degree in Freemasonry.

The sculpture consists of a weeping virgin, holding in one hand a sprig of acacia and in the other an urn; before her is a broken column, on which rests a copy of the Book of Constitutions, while Father Time behind her is attempting to disentangle the ringlets of her hair.

Pictured above is an original statue created by MARBLECast® Products, Inc. depicting Jeremy Cross' "The Broken Column" monument. It teaches Freemasons in the lecture of the Third Degree the symbolic expression of the idea that veneration should always be paid to the memory of departed worth. The great moral lessons inculcated by this legend are many and very instructive, teaching us, that we should live virtuous and upright lives, ever walking in the paths of truth and justice, even though our lives are endangered thereby.

In its symbolic representations, it answers every argument in our faith, and insures safety, eternal and never ending, and is in strong contrast with the development of those passions, which debase and ruin all who indulge in them.

We are further reminded that though these frail bodies must die and return to dust, we may indulge the hope that through the merits of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, our disembodied spirits shall be raised and be carried to realms of bliss, there to remain in God's paradise forever.

Made of marble material, this beautifully sculpted original is signed and numbered by the artist. It stands 12" tall on a 9" x 9" base. It is currently in limited production; only 500 statues will be made and is available.

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF BROTHER JEREMY L. CROSS

Brother Cross was a teacher of the Masonic ritual, who, during his lifetime, was extensively known, and for some time very popular. He was born June 27, 1783, at Haverhill, New Hampshire, and died at the same place in 1861.

Cross was admitted into the Masonic Order in 1808, and soon afterward became a pupil of Thomas Smith Webb, whose modifications of the Preston lectures and of the advanced Degrees were generally accepted by the Freemasons of the United States. Cross, having acquired a competent knowledge of Webb's system began to travel and disseminate it throughout the country.

In 1819 he published The True Masonic Chart or Hieroglyphic Monitor, in which he borrowed liberally from the previous work of Webb. In fact, the Chart of Cross is, in nearly all its parts, a mere transcript of the Monitor of Webb, the first edition of which was published in 1797.

Webb, it is true, took the same liberty with Preston, from whose Illustrations of Masonry he borrowed largely. The engraving of the emblems constituted, however, an entirely new and original feature in the Hieroglyphic Chart, and, as furnishing aids to the memory, rendered the book of Cross at once very popular; so much so, indeed, that for a long time it almost altogether superseded that of Webb.

In 1820 Cross published The Templars Chart, which, as a monitor of the Degrees of chivalry, met with equal success. Both of these works have passed through numerous editions. Cross received the appointment of Grand Lecturer from many Grand Lodges, and travelled for many years very extensively through the United States, teaching his system of lectures to Lodges, Chapters, Councils, and Encampments.

He possessed few or no scholarly attainments, and his contributions to the Literature of Freemasonry are confined to the two compilations already cited. In his latter years he became involved in an effort to establish a Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite. But he soon withdrew his name, and retired to the place of his nativity, where he died at the advanced age of seventy-eight. Although Cross was not a man of any very original genius, yet a more recent writer has announced the fact that the symbol in the Third Degree, the broken column, unknown to the system of either Preston or Webb, was invented by him.