169 Years of Doylestown Lodge. Embossed in the center is a representation of Boaz and Jachin, the pillars which stood in the porch of King Solomon’s temple. The pillars are well known Masonic symbols that many believe represent that which one “enters” to begin their Masonic journey. The Latin phrase “Ad Lucem” under the pillars means “Toward Light”. The ribbon is black and represents the darkness left behind in the passage to becoming a more enlightened individual through self-betterment, fellowship, and charity.
The Ancient and Accepted Rite, or Rose Croix, is one of the oldest Orders, yet many Craft Freemasons in the UK know little about it. The Grand Secretary General of the Grand Lodge of England explains how the Rite has attracted more than a quarter of a million members worldwide.
Before I started my year in the East, I took some time to talk to some Past Masters to ask for their advice and lessons learned from their year as Worshipful Master. Some of the advice I was able to apply to planning my year, some advice helped me to focus and get my head in the game, and some advice helped me to handle some of the stress of balancing Lodge responsibilities with my work and family life. Many of the Past Masters told me that I could judge my own success by looking back at the end of my year to see what we accomplished as a Lodge, and perhaps what could have been done differently.
In November we celebrate Veterans Day across the country, and this year is particularly special. For this newsletter I won’t go into the full history of Veterans Day, but I will highlight a few specific dates. Major hostilities of World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, and this armistice with Germany would be celebrated as Armistice Day. This date was celebrated in the United States and was made an official national holiday on May 13, 1938. In 1954, Armistice Day in the United States was officially renamed to Veterans Day and has remained in observance since then.
With their own terminology and structures, Masonic Orders offer new opportunities for growth, development, and friendship in Freemasonry. Over the next year, Freemasonry Today will spotlight the origins, requirements, and beliefs of the other Orders – starting with the Knights Templar.
When did it begin?
The earliest records of the masonic Knights Templar can be found in the minutes of the Chapter of Friendship in Portsmouth dated 1778. At that time, the degree was worked under lodges and chapters warranted by the Antient Grand Lodge using a variety of rituals. Lancashire had 10 of the first 40 encampments (now called Preceptories).
Netflix has started streaming availability of “Inside the Freemasons,” the five-part documentary shown in England on Sky1 network during the United Grand Lodge of England’s 300th anniversary celebration last year. The program was that rarest of television treatments of the fraternity – calm, even-handed, truthful – and features numerous Masons throughout England discussing their membership. It was created with the cooperation of the grand lodge