Cornerstone ceremony for new health sciences building at Murray State College


Murray State College invites the public to attend a Masonic cornerstone ceremony for its new Health Sciences Building on Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in Tishomingo. The ceremony will take place on the north side, closest to northeast corner, of the Allied Health Building.

The dedication ceremony, including placement of an artifact-filled capsule, will be conducted by local and state leaders of the Oklahoma Masons.  The Honorable Charles McCall, speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, will offer remarks at the event before attending a lunch-time legislative meeting to follow in the Murray State College Aggie Dining Room.

The dedication ceremony is a symbolic laying of the cornerstone, that which supports (symbolically) the entire structure. When the cornerstone is discussed, by extension, it refers to the entire building project, and that, in turn refers not only to the actual physical actions to erect the building, but also to all energies that have come together to bring about its creation.

Officers conducting the ceremony, usually officers of the state's Grand Lodge, symbolically square, level, and plumb the cornerstone, assuring that it is set correctly and that "the craftsmen have done their duty."

After the Grand Lodge officers have squared, leveled and plumbed the cornerstone, the Grand Master "finishes the work" by proclaiming the foundation stone "well formed, true and trusty."

The Grand Master then consecrates the cornerstone (which represents the entire project) by pouring corn (which means grain, and doesn't necessarily have to be maize), wine and oil. The corn of nourishment symbolizes health and heartiness of the workers, the wine of refreshment symbolizes plenty, and the oil of joy symbolizes peace and joy.

“This promises to be a grand event as organized by our state’s Masons.  Our thanks go out to former Masonic Grand Master and MSC Media Center Director Ronnie Coppedge for organizing this event in support of the new Allied Health Building which will welcome thousands of students over its lifetime,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Contact Cheryl Phelps at 387-7123 or Ronnie Coppedge at (580) 387-7171 with questions.

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