Wednesday, February 8, 2017

‘Tracing Boards and the Ancient Mysteries’

Angel Millar will return to the lectern at the Livingston Library’s lecture series this month. From the publicity:

Courtesy Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library

Masonic Tracing Boards
and the Ancient Mysteries
Thursday, February 23
6:30 p.m.
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston
Masonic Library
71 W. 23rd Street, 14th floor

Join us for another fascinating lecture! This month we are featuring renowned artist and author Angel Millar, who will be displaying some of his new tracing boards and discussing their symbolism. In particular, he will focus on the history of the symbols of the Craft and their significance for personal and spiritual development.

Free admission. RSVP here.
Photo ID required to enter Masonic Hall.
Suggested attire: business casual.
White wine will be served!

‘His soul is with the saints, I trust’


The Knight’s Tomb
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Where is the grave of Sir Arthur O’Kellyn?

Where may the grave of that good man be?—
By the side of a spring, on the breast of Helvellyn,
Under the twigs of a young birch tree!
The oak that in summer was sweet to hear,
And rustled its leaves in the fall of the year,
And whistled and roared in the winter alone,
Is gone,—and the birch in its stead is grown.—
The Knight’s bones are dust,
And his good sword rust;—
His soul is with the saints, I trust.

You never want to associate a trip to the Philadelphia Masonic Temple with a sad memory, but it was there last evening, in historic Lodge No. 2, meeting in Egyptian Hall, where we said our goodbyes to our friend and brother. The Pennsylvania Masonic ritual, unsurprisingly, is very effective in this regard.

This panel, on the southeast wall of Egyptian Hall, of course is highly appropriate for the funerary service. Here we see Anubis embalming Osiris. The ankh, symbolizing eternal life, would be pressed to the lips of the deceased to impart the Breath of Life needed in the afterlife.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

‘The Role of Men of Color in the Early Period of Freemasonry’

And speaking of celebrating Black History Month (see post below), Oscar Alleyne will be the guest speaker at Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge 135 in New Jersey next week. (The bio doesn’t mention it, but Oscar is a Board member in The Masonic Society.) From the publicity:

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Worshipful Brother E. Oscar Alleyne is an active Masonic lecturer, presenting on a variety of historical and philosophical topics, and is a member of various Masonic research bodies.

WB Alleyne is a Past Master of Wappingers Lodge 671 in Wappingers Falls, New York. He is a Past Commander-in-Chief at the Valley of the Hudson, AASR and the Chartering Sovereign Master of Kmt Council 511, Allied Masonic Degrees. He currently serves as the Grand Superintendent of NY for the Grand Council of AMD.

He holds a doctorate from New York Medical College and is a Senior Advisor for Public Health Programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, DC.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

‘Wardally to speak at Mariners’


There are few better ways to celebrate Black History Month than by visiting Mariners Lodge on Wednesday to hear the story of Prince Hall and Freemasonry. Definitely plan to stay for dinner. From the publicity:

Mariners Lodge 67
Communication and Festive Board
Featuring Bro. Kevin Wardally speaking
on “Prince Hall Masonry and its Place in History”
Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
Masonic Hall
71 W. 23rd Street, Manhattan
Doric Room on 8

Brother Wardally is a Past Master of Adelphic Union Lodge No. 14, a lodge with which Mariners Lodge has had a longstanding fraternal relationship, as well as a Trustee of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York. He also is a longtime friend of Mariners Lodge, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him as this month’s featured speaker.

Maritime Festive Board Menu: Garden Salad ◈ Jerk Chicken  Barbecued Pork Ribs  Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese  Long Cooked Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey  Candied Yams  Cornbread  Peach Cobbler  Fruit Bowl  Water, Soda and the Lodge’s Infamous Mariners Punch.

Cost of the Festive Board is $35, plus transaction fees. Click here to purchase a reservation via the Mariners Lodge web portal.

Vegetarian? Gluten- or dairy-free? Don’t eat beef, pork or fish? Low sodium? We are happy to provide sufficient food to feed those with special needs or preferences, if given sufficient advance notice. Please purchase a seat at the Festive Board and send an e-mail here no later than four days prior to the dinner.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

‘Esoteric Seminar this summer’


Connecticut Freemasons have been enjoying this event for some years, but I’m just learning of it now, so I share it here. On Saturday, July 29, the brethren will meet at Ashlar Village (73 Cheshire Road in Wallingford) for a daylong offering of various classes for their communal advancement in Masonic knowledge. I’ll be sure to share the details (such as if Masons from outside Connecticut may attend) when they become available, but in the meantime, this is what they say:

Our much anticipated Esoteric Seminar is back for 2017! Much like in previous years, the schedule will consist of a keynote address and a total of nine unique classes to choose from. (Brothers will have their choice to attend one class out of the three available choices during each of the three time slots.) This Seminar will be open to any Master Mason. Please note, a current and valid dues card will be required to gain admission. More information, class details, and registration information coming soon, until then, please save the date!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

‘Pennsylvania Academy next month’

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‘205 Years of Black Masonry in New York State’

Note the address.

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