Aurora Masonic Hall is located at 57 Mosley Street in that community
and is the home of The Rising Sun Lodge #129, Delta Lodge #634, and
Robertson Lodge #292. It was originally constructed in 1877 as a Methodist
Episcopal Church and was purchased in 1885 by The Rising Sun Lodge,
which has continued to own and occupy the premises since that time.
The walls of the
Lodge Sanctuary are graced by four magnificent paintings installed in
the early 1900's to illustrate the Four Proper Objects of a Mason's
daily life - namely Prayer, Labour, Refreshment, and Sleep.
The first is a mural
"Prayer", approximately seven feet square on the "East"
wall behind the Master's chair. It was painted in 1906 by Brother B.G.Stevenson.
The others are framed canvases approximately four feet wide and ten
feet tall, by Brother J.T.Dowling of Uxbridge Ontario. "Labour"
is mounted on the "West" wall above the Senior Warden's chair,
"Refreshment" adorns the "South" wall above the
Junior Warden's chair, and "Sleep" is placed on the "North"
wall of the Lodge. Truly inspiring art, these little-known paintings
should be considered not only as great Masonic works of art, but perhaps,
great national treasures.
In central Aurora,
the lodge building can be located by proceeding one block south on Yonge
Street from the intersection of Wellington Street, then turning east
on Mosley Street. Regular meetings of The Rising Sun Lodge are held
on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. Delta Lodge meets
on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30 p.m. and Robertson Lodge
is a daylight lodge, meeting on the third Saturday of each month at