MAR 2017

My Brother,
We have all heard songs where we didn’t quite catch the correct lyric, but substituted something in its place. Who over the age of 25 doesn’t know Credence Clearwater Revival’s hit “There’s a Bathroom on the Right?” Masonry certainly has its share of such words. One of my favorites is the word “HELE” (pronounced HAIL). Many have questioned its meaning, or its spelling, or both. HELE is almost always associated with the word “conceal” as it should be and the “HELE and conceal” part may be translated by switching the words “conceal and HELE.” “HELE” is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning to conceal. “Conceal” is French in origin and means to hide. Word parings from that time were common and can be seen in phrases such as “HELE and conceal,” “parts and points,” “Free will and accord,” etc. In some jurisdictions, “HELE” is pronounced “heel” because it rhymes with “conceal and reveal.” However, way back, “conceal” was pronounced “consayle” and “reveal” was pronounced “revayle.” Hence, that may have contributed further to the mistaken justification of the mispronunciation of the word. Listen to the words in ritual that you hear and speak. It’s good to memorize their use in the ritual. It’s much better to know and understand the words and their meaning.
Brian K. Mandel, WM