From The East
With the month of November upon us, many of us feel a certain apprehension of these times. It is important to remember why the Thanksgiving holiday was created in the
first place to help give us some solace. Bro. George Washington’s words ring more and more truth every Thanksgiving, especially this one:
“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection
and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to ‘recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish aform of government for their safety and happiness:’”
“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of
government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
“Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.”
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!
David M Patterson
Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168
From The West
The November Stated Meting will also be the election of Officers for 2018 and the appointment of the other positions. Please come out to participate. You might be surprised at the depth of your new line.
Third call: Are you a teacher or a wannabe. We have many new members who are eager to learn more about Masonry and its lore and symbols. I am looking to start classes to educate these newer members. I’m thinking once a week discussion groups focused around a topic rather than a lecture. If you are interested please contact me at: email@example.com
The computerized Masonic education system is in operation. Have you used it yet? It is free and you might learn something you did not know before.
There will many other exciting changes now and through 2018 to add more fun and fellowship to the Lodge when I become Master again. Please send me your suggestions of what would interest you.
Sincerely and fraternally,
From The South
On the 6th of October we had a Halloween party at the lodge. It was spectacular. All the decorations were great. Bill Shafer and Bill Gurneys did a great job. We had lots of food and drinks. If you missed it, try to make our next party.
Why do Freemasons wear a Masonic Apron? The lambskin Master Mason apron derives from the working apron of the ancient stone masons. It is an Emblem of Innocence and the badge of a Freemason. Thus the apron is proudly
compared with the noblest decorations of ancient Rome and of both ancient and modern Europe.
The apron appears to have been, in ancient times, an honorary badge of distinction. None but the superior orders of the priesthood were permitted to adorn themselves with ornamented girdles made of blue, purple and crimson, decorated with gold upon a background of fine white linen.
Historic Ceremonies of Investiture have been common to all nations of the Earth from the earliest periods.
The Indian, the Persian, the Jewish, the Ethiopian and the Egyptian aprons, through equally superb, all bore a character distinct from each other. Some were plain white. Others were striped with blue, purple and crimson. Some were of wrought gold… others were adorned and decorated with tassels and fringes.
The earliest mention of the apron was when Melchizedek, with Abraham, started the priesthood. (circa 2100) Melchizedek was the Most High Priest and the first to wear the apron as the badge of religious authority. The apron is a high honor and is the symbol of a holy man.
Our next stated meeting is on November 7th with dinner before at 6:30. Reservations are mandatory for both dinners. We will have a family dinner on November 14th.