Wednesday, July 21, 2021

‘DeWitt Clinton Lodge AF&AM’


And the third and last post about my recent trip to Massachusetts (see two previous posts) shares several photos of DeWitt Clinton Lodge in Sandwich.

I can attest to DeWitt Clinton’s motto: “The Lodge with the Hearty Welcome.” And it was great to meet, after many years of Masonic cyberspace acquaintance, RW Bro. David Catten.

And speaking of Right Worshipfuls, this meeting, like the previous night at King Hiram’s Lodge, featured the Fraternal Visit of the DDGM. A different district, so a different District Deputy. This time I successfully evaded conscription into the entourage. (Somehow I have forgotten the specific term used for the reception of the DDGM in the lodge.)

It was another great night as a visitor. There are some notable differences in Opening ritual from those I’m used to. Also, a memorial service for departed brethren in which the Master, Wardens, and Senior Deacon place evergreen sprigs on the altar is worth emulating.

Some photos:

The altar, after Closing.

The lodge’s namesake also is a ubiquitous presence in New York Freemasonry, where he served as Grand Master from 1806 to 1819.

U.S. Navy Captain Gerald F. DeConto was raised to the Sublime Degree April 4, 1998. Murdered at the Pentagon September 11, 2001.

Jeffrey W. Coombs was raised to the Sublime Degree December 21, 1983. Murdered aboard American Airlines 11 at New York City September 11, 2001.

‘Cape’ spelled backward.


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