Masonic Mottoes

In imitation of the sentences appended to the Coats of Arms and seals of the Gilds and other societies, Freemasons have for different branches of their Order mottoes, which are placed on their banners or put at the head of their documents, which are expressive of the character and design, either of the whole Order or of the particular branch to which the motto belongs. [Mackey’s Encyclopedia, p. 684.]


1395   Ancient Craft Masonry Ordo ab Chao Order out of Chaos
1472   London Company of Freemasons   God is our Guide.
1677   London Company of Masons In Deo fiducia vinces In the Lord is all our Trust
1717   Premier Grand Lodge of Freemasons In Deo fiducia vinces In the Lord is all our Trust
1751   Ancient Grand Lodge   Holiness to the Lord
1740s   Mark Master Lapis reprobatus caput anguli [the] stone [which was] rejected [has become] the head[stone] of the corner [Acts 4:11]
1783   Capitular Masonry Kodesh Layehovah
Exodus 29:30
Holiness to the Lord
1780   Templar Masonry In hoc signo vinces By this sign thou shalt conquer
1802   Scottish Rite Lux e tenebris Light out of darkness
1815   UGLE coat of arms Kodes la Adonai Holiness to the Lord
[Exodus 28:36]
      Audi, Vide, Tace
"Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace"
Hear, see, be silent, if you would live in peace.
1855   Scottish Rite, 14° Virtus junxit, mors non separabit Virtue has united, death shall not separate
    Scottish Masonry 30° Ne plus ultra Nothing more beyond
    Scottish Masonry 32° Spes mea in Deo est My hope is in God
    Scottish Masonry 33° Deus meumque Jus God and my right
    A. & A. S. R. S. J. Dieu et mon Droit God and my right
1865   Order of the Red Cross Magna est Veritas, et praevalabit Great is truth, and it will prevail
      Pulsanti Operietur to him who knocks it shall be opened
    G. O. D. (acronym) Gomer, Oz, Dabar Wisdom, Strength and Beauty
    Bene agere et laetari Do good cheerfully


1999   Phoenixmasonry Non Omnis Moriar

Ardet ut vivat

Not all of me shall die

She burns that she may live







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