Your own journey in Freemasonry should have proven that the apron is the most important symbol to the Craft as it is the physical representation of what the Craft is. To a thoughtful Brother the apron should remain the focal point of his self examination and reflection - and should be the focus of continued reflection and self examination - year after year - as he grows and matures in life and in Masonry. He will consider what it means to be worn with dignity and honor. He will reflect on his actions and will consider the apron as a reminder, or standard, for his actions and deeds.
It is often said that dress is the first impression of identity that one person conveys to another. It is for this same reason your apron should be considered every time you enter the Lodge.
Have you ever attended a Lodge and worn a borrowed apron pulled from a drawer or box outside the door of the Lodge? Have you ever seen that one apron with coffee stains on it? If you grab one of those old worn out loaner aprons from the box and tie it around your waist as you hurry into the Lodge room, do you “wear it with pleasure to yourself and honor to the Fraternity?”
We suggest that the best way to start a period of introspection is by donning an apron of exceptional quality and beauty, an apron that YOU purchased for YOUR own use, an apron that you have a personal and intimate relationship with. It is YOUR "badge of a Mason" and the one piece of regalia that you should take the most pride in. It may be a plain lambskin of elegant proportion or it may be heavily decorated – but it should never be made of cheap material or shoddy construction.
Your apron is the most personal way to express your commitment to Freemasonry.