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significance of that ceremony. The Masonic brethren, dressed in their fraternal regalia, had
assembled in grand procession, and were formed for that occasion as representative of
Freemasonry's new found place of honor in an independent American society. At that moment, the
occasion of the laying of the new Republic's foundations, Freemasons assumed the mantles “high
priests” of that “first temple dedicated to the sovereignty of the people,” and they “helped form
the symbolic foundations of what the Great Seal called ‘the new order for the ages’.”

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