We owe our origin as a Lodge to a few young and progressive men who, becoming weary of the prosaic ways of rendering the work in their respective Lodges, and despairing of making a change by isolated efforts, discouraged as they were by many of the older brethren, thought by combining a unity of action with their unity of purpose, to make more manifest the benefits of our Institution by more earnest if not better work. This was no easy task, and much credit is due to the energy and perseverance of our Charter members.

—Brother Willis D. Engle, on the occasion of the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Mystic Tie Lodge, May 28, 1873

Mystic Tie Lodge #398

Chartered: May 28, 1869

January 2020

As we begin a new year and enter into a new decade, Indianapolis celebrates its Bicentennial. The brethren of Mystic Tie Lodge helped to build this city and to make Indianapolis what it is today. From the first master of the lodge and five-term Indianapolis Mayor John Caven, to the prolific architectural firm of Rubush and Hunter, to the “godfather of historic preservation in Indianapolis,” H. Roll McLaughlin, the brothers of Mystic Tie have laid the city’s foundation and shaped its structure with the working tools of both operative and speculative Masonry.

Mystic Tie Lodge moved to its stunning new home in the Scottish Rite Cathedral in December of 2017. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is a masterpiece of architectural design, recognized by the International Association of Architects as “one of the seven most beautiful buildings in the world.” Designated as significant by the National Register of Historic Places, the Cathedral serves as a continual reminder to Freemasons of where we have been and how we got here.

Upon reflecting with solemn reverence and humility on the storied history of the Mystic Tie Lodge, and with admiration of and gratitude to those who lit the way before us, we look forward to a new dawn. Mystic Tie is set to burgeon into a premier lodge in downtown Indianapolis. We helped build this city. We make good men better. We have a bright future before us.

—Glenn A. Blackwood
142nd Worshipful Master
On behalf of Mystic Tie, Lodge #398 F&AM

That sacred and inviolable bond which unites men of the most discordant opinions into one band of brothers, which gives but one language to men of all nations and one altar to men of all religions, is properly, from the mysterious influence it exerts, denominated the mystic tie; and Freemasons, because they alone are under its influence, or enjoy its benefits, are called "Brethren of the Mystic Tie.”

—Albert G. Mackey, The Mystic Tie, 1867


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Find the Worshipful Brother not wearing a tie. . .Valley of George Rogers Clark at the ICOD meeting ... See MoreSee Less
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First Official National Decoration Day May 30, 1868 (The following is the beginning of the speech given by General James A. Garfield in Arlington Cemetery for the first National Decoration Day.)"I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering works on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. For the noblest man that lives, there still remains a conflict. He must still withstand the assaults of time and fortune, must still be assailed with temptations, before which lofty natures have fallen; but with these the conflict ended, the victory was won, when death stamped on them the great seal of heroic character, and closed a record which years can never blot.” President, Major General, and Sir Knight James Abram Garfield. ... See MoreSee Less
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It is with deepest sadness we report the passing of our Past Grand Master, John E. Grein on Saturday evening. Most Worshipful Grein served the Freemasons of the State of Indiana as its 139th Grand Master in 1989-1990, and as Grand Treasurer from 1997 to 2017. He is now at peace, again holding hands with his wife Glenda. Grand Master Daniel L. Martin has requested all Indiana Lodges drape their charter for a period of 30 days in honor of the memory of our fallen Brother. There is no word yet on arrangements, but we will keep you informed. Please keep John and his family in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less
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