The Doric Column with the Basic Tools of Freemasonry
WM John Paul Gomez Doric Lodge No. 316 GRC AF&AM

Message from the East

March is the month of the god of war. It was originally the first month of the year in older versions of the Roman calendar because of its association with the first day of spring. March also marked a time when war would resume after the winter months.

With COVID-19 in the air, the affiliation with war cannot be more timely. The increased rate of social strains and pressures brought to you by social distancing and lack of lodge gatherings proves to be inversely proportional to toilet paper availability. Needless to say, we must  keep our cool and stay away from that delicious spicy burrito. 

Acknowledging the challenging time, now is the perfect opportunity to advance our Masonic knowledge as prescribed in the 1º final charge. Pick a topic from the 7 Liberal Arts and Sciences and enjoy studying- music is a good start. 

Ante scientia, sapientia
An veritas, an nihil
De Labore Solis
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The Doric Order

The Doric order is the earliest of the three Classical orders of architecture and represents an important moment in Mediterranean architecture when monumental construction made the transition from impermanent materials—like wood—to permanent materials, namely stone. The Doric order is characterized by a plain, unadorned column capital and a column that rests directly on the stylobate of the temple without a base. The Doric entablature includes a frieze composed of trigylphs—vertical plaques with three divisions—and metopes—square spaces for either painted or sculpted decoration. The columns are fluted and are of sturdy, if not stocky, proportions. source

We meet on the Third (3rd) Wednesday of each Month, except July and August, at 7:30 P.M. at Thornhill Masonic Hall.

Doric 316 is over 146 years old! In 1874, a group of Masonic Brethren gathered to discuss the formation of a new lodge which led to a petition to the Most Worshipful, the Grand Master William Mercer Wilson and the Grand Lodge of Canada West for dispensation to form Doric Lodge Toronto.