Raise a Glass
Back during WWI and WWII when Brethren were absent from Lodge, the Brethren that were still able to attend Lodge would eat after the meeting ( called Festive Board ). When the Festive Board was over the Tyler would “Raise His Glass” and propose a toast to absent Masons. This happened at around 9:00pm. During this period when we cannot meet, this tradition has started up again. At 9:00pm or there abouts, Raise your Glass and remember our Brethern thru the Tyler’s Toast: ” To all poor and distressed Masons, wherever dispersed over the face of the earth and water, wishing them a speedy relief from their sufferings, and a safe return home to their native country, should they so desire it. ” There is a Group on FaceBook, Proud to be a FreeMason, who are Masons from all over the world, who have brought this Toast back to life, typically when dinner is finished. We will get thru this rough time and I for one miss being at Lodge with all of the Brethren. So, tonight, after dinner, Raise your Glass to the Brethren that we can’t be with. Just remember Brethren, it’s 9:00pm somewhere. Stay Healthy and Safe Brethren.
Calvin Coolidge once said:
“It has not been my fortune to know very much of Freemasonry, but I have had the great fortune to know many Freemasons and have been able in that way, judge the Tree by its Fruit. I know of your high ideals. I have seen that you hold your meetings in the presence of the open Bible, and I know that men who observe that formality have high sentiments of citizenship, of worth, and character. That is the strength of our Commonwealth and our Nation.”
Virtues we live by
We as Masons live by Virtues that we incorporate into our everyday lives. The four Cardinal Virtues which are Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice and represent the foundation of natural morality. At the end of the day, living by the Cardinal Virtues will bring each of us honor, and a reputation that is untarnished. Alternatively, failing to heed the teachings of these virtues can lead to a life of sadness, one where we are left trying to rebuild that which we once had. For our Lodges, as long as we govern ourselves by using the Cardinal Virtues as a guide, then we will continue to stand the test of time. We will, through our actions, ensure that the detractors of Freemasonry are overshadowed by the truth of Freemasonry. These Four Cardinal Virtues of Freemasonry provide a framework for daily living and serve as a guide for our relationship with God and our fellow man. As new Masons we must begin to develop and strengthen these virtues, which will help us grow and develop into better men. As experienced Masons, we should constantly remind ourselves of these virtues and their importance in our lives. ( Resouces: “The Four Cardinal Virtues-The Masonic Trowel” The Grand of Lodge of Texas; “Our Cardinal Virtues” by Allen W. Record 2008 Grand Lodge of Utah )
Come out and join the guys for dinner and fellowship
You don’t have to be a Mason to join us for dinner
Check our calendar for events and times!
If there are 5 Thursdays in a month, the 5th Thursday is set aside for the guys to get together, have dinner and relax and enjoy each others company. Also, every couple of months, we get together and take our better half out for dinner.
We are again open for business
Great news Brethren. Last Friday the Grand Master sent out a new Edict opening our Lodges in Ohio up. We may resume our meetings and our picnic. Check out the Tressle Board for dates and times of upcoming events. I do hope everyone made it through this pandemic without to much trouble. I hope everyone is back to work,
Happy Fathers Day
Fathers Day is June 21st this year so don’t forget about Dad. Hopefully he has been a great influence in your life.
Flag Day is June 14th. For those of you who don’t fly the Flag of our Country every day, please put it out on the 14th. The Flag of our Country was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14th 1777. This date is also the Birthday of the United States Army.
Our newest candidate still needs your prayers. He is not out of the woods yet. Please keep praying for him. He still has a LONG way to go.
Something to think about
This was written by one of our own and thought it was appropriate for this time:
You know, at some time each of us has been asked in times of difficulty and danger, in whom do we put our trust. Now is the time to remember that question, Trust in God, by whatever name you know him by. Help each other regardless of political beliefs. Be compassionate to those who are struggling to keep vital supplies on the store shelves, or those who are unable to work because of shutdowns. Reach out in charity to do whatever you can to help a widow or orphan or maybe even that guy next door who may sometimes rub you the wrong way. Pray for our elected officials regardless of which party they may be part of and the level they work at, be it local, state, or federal. Say a prayer for our health care providers as they are on the front lines in this struggle. They are working extremely hard at this time to keep us safe and at the same time trying to keep their own families healthy.
Live your Masonic Virtues Brethren. We will get through this.
Well said Michael.
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