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The Initiation of a Lewis: A Father's Guiding Hand

30 May 24

In the world of Freemasonry, few moments carry as much significance as the initiation of a Lewis.

Lodge Enterprise in Newcastle was filled with pride and excitement as Bro Isaac Bayada took his first step into Freemasonry, guided by none other than his father, Bro Tony Bayada, the Lodge’s Junior Deacon. This remarkable event was graced by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Master Elect, RW Bro Khirs Albano, alongside a delegation of Grand Lodge Officers, who gathered to share in this special occasion.

What does it mean for a father to guide his son through the same initiation ceremony he once experienced? This tradition not only strengthens familial bonds but also underscores the continuity and enduring values of Freemasonry. The open loop here is the deep impact of such traditions on both personal development and the broader Masonic community.

To truly appreciate the depth of this event, we must delve into the background of what it means to be a Lewis in Freemasonry. Historically, a Lewis refers to the son of a Mason, who is given special recognition during his initiation. This tradition dates back centuries, symbolising the passing of Masonic values and principles from one generation to the next. The ceremony itself is steeped in symbolism, with each step and word carefully chosen to convey profound moral and ethical teachings.

Isaac's initiation serves as a powerful example of how these principles can be applied in a contemporary setting. During the response to “The Newly Initiated Brother”, Isaac publicly expressed his admiration for his father's moral example, highlighting how Freemasonry aims to "make good men better." This reflects Freemasonry’s enduring commitment to personal growth and ethical conduct, showing that these ancient rites still hold relevant and transformative power in today’s world.

From this, we learn that the real value lies in the continuous, active practice of the lessons learned during initiation. The challenges faced by those who do not fully engage with these principles serve as a cautionary tale, emphasising the importance of living by the ethical and moral codes imparted during Masonic rituals.

Ultimately, the transformation that occurs from truly applying these lessons is profound. For Isaac, guided by his father, this initiation marks the beginning of a journey of personal and ethical development. By fully embracing the teachings of Freemasonry, masons not only honour the tradition but also enrich their own lives and the lives of those around them, fulfilling the promise that Freemasonry aims to "make good men better."

The initiation of a Lewis, guided by a father’s hand, is more than just a ceremony; it is a powerful testament to the enduring values of Freemasonry. This tradition fosters personal growth and ethical living, ensuring that the principles of the past continue to shape and improve the men of today.


Adding to the evening's significance, a special presentation was made to W Bro Joseph Balasabas, the Worshipful Master of Lodge Novacastria, by the three District Grand Inspectors of Workings of the Newcastle Districts. W Bro Balasabas was awarded the Grand Master's Distinguished Service Award at the March Grand Communication in Sydney for outstanding service to his community. He was presented with the medal that evening, highlighting Freemasonry's recognition and appreciation spirit.


Following the ceremony, the brethren adjourned to partake in a celebratory banquet and to observe the customary toasts.



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