The Tablet of Zabud - VW Ignacio V. Illenberger / Awarded by VW Alexander E. Yu

(Description of Deeds, to be read during awarding, in plaque at back of tablet or table nameplate)

The Tablet of ZABUD

Masonic tradition informs us that at the building of the first temple of the Hebrews, three grand masters presided over the proceedings of the Craft. King Solomon, the initiator of that great undertaking sat at the Grand Oriental Chair. Solomon’s principal ally, the Phoenician King Hiram of Tyre sat at the Grand West Station. At the Grand South Station sat the temple’s Chief Architect, the Grand Master Hiram Abiff, a widow’s son from the Hebrew tribe of Neptali whose father was a deceased artificer of metals from Tyre. When Hiram Abiff was killed inside the precincts of the Temple of Solomon during its construction, the two kings feared of a wider conspiracy. Solomon proceeded to enlist the services of his boyhood friend ZABUD to keep a balance between the craftsmen of Tyre and the workers from Israel.   Solomon and Zabud were classmates in the School of Scribes (Notary Public) ran by King David’s high priest Aviathar.

The wisdom and probity of ZABUD was equal to the legendary cerebral qualities of Solomon. Zabud became intimate secretary to the allied kings Solomon and Hiram and later the prime minister of their two kingdoms. Behind the shadow of Solomon and Hiram, Zabud proceeded to oversee a long period of peace and prosperity.   The two pillars in the temple - Boaz, symbol for strength and Jachin, symbol for stability, is joined at their tops by a beam called the Shalom (Peace) Lintel by the Hebrews. However, among the temple builders ofthat ancient land, that beam became known as the Lintel of ZABUD.

WB ISAGANI G. CRUZ, Jr. is past master of Labong Lodge No. 59 and a past district deputy grandmaster. He has been called upon by the brethren of his lodge on three separate occasions to act as a figure of stability in the post of Lodge Secretary. The wisdom and probity of WB CRUZ was instrumental in resolving the several crises that have challenged the well being of Labong Lodge. For a total of eleven years service as Lodge Secretary, WB CRUZ has lived up to the finest traditions of lodge secretaries first exemplified by our operative ancestor ZABUD.

As WB CRUZ steps down as lodge secretary, we, his brethren, humbly bestow this tablet and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Done on February 2, 2013

WB ALEXANDER E. YU, PM

 

 

(Citation in tablet if in plaque form)

The Tablet of ZABUD

This simple emblem of the legacy of ZABUD, a scribe by vocation and prime minister to the royal courts of King Solomon of Israel and King Hiram of Tyre, is humbly bestowed upon:

WB ISAGANI G. CRUZ, Jr. PM, PDDGM

                

WB ISAGANI G. CRUZ, Jr. is past master of Labong Lodge No. 59 and a past district deputy grandmaster. He has been called upon by the brethren of his lodge on three separate occasions to act as a figure of stability in the post of Lodge Secretary. The wisdom and probity of WB CRUZ was instrumental in resolving the several crises that have challenged the well being of Labong Lodge. For a total of eleven years service as Lodge Secretary, WB CRUZ has lived up to the finest traditions of lodge secretaries first exemplified by our operative ancestor ZABUD.

As WB CRUZ steps down as lodge secretary, we, his brethren, humbly bestow this emblem.

Done on the occasion of my relinquishing the Oriental Chair, I hereby affix my signature:

WB ALEXANDER E. YU, PM

February 2, 2013

 

 

                             (Etching in front, if tablet is in table nameplate form)

WB ISAGANI G. CRUZ, Jr., PM, PDDGM

Descendant of ZABUD, Scribe and Prime Minister to Kings Solomon and Hiram

 

 

 

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