Sunday, May 28, 2023

‘Mozart’s Masonic opera at The Met’

The Met

It’s halfway through its three-week run already, but there still is plenty of opportunity to take in the Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Masonic opera” The Magic Flute. Actually, this is Die Zauberflöte, as it is a German-language production of more than three hours, as opposed to The Met’s annual Christmastime production of Julie Taymor’s English-language suitable-for-children confection.

Tickets, starting at $39.50, can be booked here. And this will be part of The Met’s Live in HD series in movie theaters. From the publicity:

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable.

Kathryn Lewek
The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) was the son of a Salzburg court musician who exhibited him as a musical prodigy throughout Europe. His achievements in opera, in terms of beauty, vocal challenge, and dramatic insight, remain unsurpassed. He died three months after the premiere of Die Zauberflöte, his last produced work for the stage. The remarkable Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812) was an actor, singer, theater manager, a friend of Mozart who wrote the opera’s libretto, staged the work, and sang the role of Papageno in the initial run.

The Met

World premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791.

Die Zauberflöte—a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.

The Met

The libretto specifies Egypt as the location of the action. Egypt was traditionally regarded as the legendary birthplace of the Masonic fraternity, whose symbols and rituals populate this opera. Some productions include Egyptian motifs as an exotic nod to this idea, but many more opt for a more generalized mythic ambience to convey the otherworldliness that the score and overall tone of the work call for.


Die Zauberflöte was written with an eye toward a popular audience, but the varied tone of the work requires singers who can specialize in several different musical genres. The comic and earthy are represented by the baritone, Papageno, while true love in its noblest forms is conveyed by the tenor, Tamino, and the soprano, Pamina. The bass, Sarastro, expresses the solemn and the transcendental. The use of the chorus is spare but hauntingly beautiful, and fireworks are provided by the coloratura Queen of the Night.

Please note that video cameras will be in operation during the May 31 and June 3 performances as part of the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

‘Tompkins remembrance next Friday’

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Daniel D. Tompkins bust at the church.

The brethren of Tompkins Lodge 471 will visit Daniel D. Tompkins’ burial place next Friday for their annual memorial ceremony.

With the Tompkins Historical Society, which will hold a meeting at McSorley’s after the event, the lodge will gather at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on East Tenth Street at 6 p.m. on Friday the second for the service.

Daniel D. Tompkins was made a Mason at Hiram Lodge 72 in Westchester County. He became Grand Secretary of our Grand Lodge, and he served as the first Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. He seemed to have eked out some existence outside the fraternity, having served as:

  • Assemblyman, State of New York (1804)
  • Associate Justice, State Supreme Court (1804-07)
  • Governor of New York (1807-17)
  • Vice President of the United States (1817-25)

Magpie file photo
Tompkins’ grave at St. Mark’s Church.

Tompkins bankrupted himself raising and equipping troops to fight England in the War of 1812. He died at his home in Staten Island on June 11, 1825. The Masons of the lodge named for him seem to do this about that date each year. I recommend checking it out. St. Mark’s is a historic church worth visiting in its own right. And, again, McSorley’s is just a few blocks down.

For some background on what the first such service was like, click here. And try this one for more Daniel D. Tompkins info.

Friday, May 26, 2023

‘New film: A Way of Light’

Word has just come from Bro. Francis Dumaurier about a new short film from the National Grand Lodge of France commemorating the 300th anniversary of Anderson’s Constitutions. An English-language version is available on YouTube:

RW Bro. Dumaurier is the GLNF’s Grand Representative Near New York.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

‘Craftsmen Online Super Fans unite!’


Starting today, Craftsmen Online, the clearinghouse of Masonic education and news launched during the pandemic to keep Light shining, offers content reserved for those who wisely pay the inordinately modest subscription fee. I signed up yesterday (I’m a sucker for exclusivity).

You know the podcast, with its 3,000 episode downloads per month; and you’ve read the blog; and you receive the newsletter; and maybe you’ve attended the Reading Room; and perhaps you’ve benefitted from the ritual education and the historical research (I think that’s everything!), so now we happy few who pony up five bucks a month can partake of:

  • subscriber-exclusive podcast episodes with select guest stars
  • access to exclusive Zoom meetings with special guests
  • podcast episodes without ads
  • early access to the episodes

Excerpted from the publicity:

From the beginning of Craftsmen Online, RW Steven Adam Rubin and I have been dedicated to producing quality products. We see this as more than a project to provide a place for Brothers to connect during the pandemic, but as a long-term resource to unite Masons across the internet who seek more Light in Freemasonry.

After three seasons, with our early episodes being broadcast to an audience, thanks to your generous support, we have grown our reach to all jurisdictions in the United States and beyond! Now it is time to offer you, our listener, an opportunity to take your experience to the next level.

Today, we proudly announce the Craftsmen Online Podcast Super Fan subscription. Podcast enthusiasts will be able to listen to our episodes early and ad-free, with special subscriber-only episodes with select guests who go deeper and continue their discussions—and we will offer you the opportunity to interact with these select guests virtually during VIP Zoom webinars.

Bro. Michael Arce
Co-Founder and Podcast Host

The inaugural podcast with paid subscription features Ohio’s Bro. Jason Short, who speaks on “An Exploration of Words and Widows,” in which he delves into Biblical content borrowed for the EA°. There also is a PDF we may download for further tutelage.

The Craftsmen Online Podcast Super Fan subscription comes via Patreon, which marks its tenth anniversary this month. It really is that simple. While Craftsmen Online is created by New York Masons, its content befits all the brethren wheresoever dispersed about the face of the earth. That’s you! Click here to sign up. If you are yet unfamiliar with this top rated podcast and the other attractions of Craftsmen Online, click here to inspect the warrant, as it were.

Friday, May 19, 2023

‘A serious alarm at the outer door’

Michael LaRocco

Information is scant, so pardon the sensationalism of this edition of The Magpie Mason, but an act of vandalism at Masonic Hall tonight is impossible to ignore. VW Bro. Michael LaRocco, Executive Director of the Livingston Library, posted the photos above on social media a short time ago with the explanation that a homeless person broke the glass in one of the leaves of the revolving door at the main entrance.

I’ll share more information if any becomes known.

You might recall the attempted firebombing of the building on October 8, 2019, when an unidentified man tossed an ineffective molotov cocktail at the 24th Street door. No injuries or damage that time.

The rot of this city is evident in thousands of ways.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

‘Warren Lodge’s festive board in July’

Magpie file photo

As promised, Warren Lodge 32 will host its Second Annual Festive Board on the last Saturday of July. This is the one I told you about last summer: an outdoor convivial meal, with all the toasts, and by lantern light too.

The lanterns are a nod to Warren 32 being New York’s last “moon lodge,” meaning the brethren meet monthly on or about the full moon. This time, the full moon—a Sturgeon Moon supermoon, like last time—won’t come until August 1, but Warren Lodge will host this feast on July 29.

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The flier above has all the details, and the flier below gives you the option of purchasing your own lantern to use during the festivities and to take home.

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It’s a great time. Get’s the Magpie Seal of Approval and all that. I plan to be there, but there’s a chance my own lodge might seize that day to host its annual summer cook-out. Although there’s no reason why I couldn’t attend both, I guess.

Warren is a historic lodge with a beautiful ancestral home that is worth visiting in its own right. I’m bringing a pipe or three, with some Harvest Moon mixture (unless someone markets a Sturgeon Moon tobacco in the meantime!).

Monday, May 15, 2023

‘Where Men Build Meaning’


It’s been available in a limited way online since Grand Lodge met two weeks ago, but last Wednesday the Where Men Build Meaning video was uploaded to YouTube. This advertisement on Grand Lodge’s Our Quarry channel aims to encapsulate—to borrow from Wilmshurst—the meaning of Masonry. Not easily done in two minutes.

The title is too opaque for my tastes. Freemasonry is a very specific and highly stylized thing. Then again, two minutes isn’t a lot of time, and a promotional video isn’t necessarily the place to venture too deep.

But it’s okay.

My problem with any such video is in how it speaks to existing Freemasons at least as much as it does to the public we want to meet. Still, this one surpasses the “Scottish Rite NMJ” message, which is self-congratulatory pap.

“Honey? Look at this. See? I’m not just a man. I’m a Mason!” “Congratulations. Now take out the garbage.”

So maybe there will be future videos from Our Quarry that might speak to more than making friends with a nod to the Principal Tenets. It’s hard. I understand. (I’ve always scoffed at the “elevator pitch.”) And I’m not knocking the making friends part, knowing that study after study documents how men, young and middle aged alike, are meandering through life friendless, with the predictable consequences. But the apt messaging exists. We have the Standard Work and Lectures. We have centuries of literature to mine.

Check out what Vermont recently produced.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

‘The Mother Lodge’

Via Twitter

It’s Mother’s Day here in the United States, so I thought I’d share with you Bro. Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mother Lodge.” (Copied and pasted from the Kipling Society website. Click here for the poem’s context and history.) Kipling was from Lodge Hope and Perseverance 782 (EC) in Punjab, India.

The Mother Lodge

There was Rundle, Station Master,
An’ Beazeley of the Rail,
An’ Ackman, Commissariat,
An Donkin o’ the Jail;
An Blake, Conductor-Sergeant,
Our Master twice was e,
With im that kept the Europe-shop,
Old Framjee Eduljee.

Outside - “Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam!”
Inside - “Brother,” an’ it doesn’t do no arm.
We met upon the Level an we parted on the Square,
An’ I was Junior Deacon in my Mother-Lodge out there!

We’d Bola Nath, Accountant,
An’ Saul the Aden Jew,
An’ Din Mohammed, draughtsman
Of the Survey Office too;
There was Babu Chuckerbutty,
An’ Amir Singh the Sikh,
An’ Castro from the fittin’-sheds,
The Roman Catholick!

We adn’t good regalia,
An our Lodge was old an’ bare,
But we knew the Ancient Landmarks,
An’ we kep’ em to a hair;
An lookin’ on it backwards
It often strikes me thus,
There ain’t such things as infidels,
Excep’, per’aps, it’s us.

For monthly, after Labour,
We’d all sit down and smoke
(We dursn’t give no banquets,
Lest a Brother’s caste were broke),
An’ man on man got talkin’
Religion an’ the rest,
An’ every man comparin’
Of the God e knew the best.

So man on man got talkin’,
An’ not a Brother stirred
Till mornin’ waked the parrots
An’ that dam’ brain-fever-bird.
We’d say twas ighly curious,
An we’d all ride ome to bed,
With Moammed, God, an’ Shiva
Changin’ pickets in our ead.

Full oft on Guv’ment service
This rovin’ foot ath pressed,
An bore fraternal greetin’s
To the Lodges east an’ west,
Accordin’ as commanded.
From Kohat to Singapore,
But I wish that I might see them
In my Mother-Lodge once more!

I wish that I might see them,
My Brethren black an’ brown,
With the trichies smellin’ pleasant
An’ the hog-darn passin’ down;
An’ the old khansamah snorin’
On the bottle-khana floor,
Like a Master in good standing
With my Mother-Lodge once more.

Outside - “Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam!”
Inside - “Brother,” an’ it doesn’t do no ’arm.
We met upon the Level an’ we parted on the Square,
An’ I was Junior Deacon in my Mother-Lodge out there!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

‘What’s the deal with…?’

Castle Rock Entertainment
‘What’s the deal with…?’ 

“I also present you with a new name; it is Caution; it teaches you that as you are barely instructed in the rudiments of Masonry, that you should be cautious over all your words and actions, particularly when before the enemies of Masonry.”

Illustrations of Masonry
“First Degree Initiation”
William Preston

That bit of wisdom lives on today in our New York Ritual of Initiation. It is phrased slightly differently, but the point still stands. Not every grand lodge’s ritual includes it, so I wonder about the social media presence of lodges that publicize the identities of those who are newly initiated or passed or raised. What’s the deal with that?

When I was brought into the fraternity, this was not done. There was no social media or even much of an internet at that time, but the lodge would publicize things in the local newspapers—but never the names and faces of candidates.

And don’t get me started on the way people dress for their Masonic ceremonies either.

Monday, May 8, 2023

‘Thanks to The Square’


The Masonic blogosphere is a shadow of its formerly influential salad days. The websites that are kept updated with any regularity are few. Nevertheless, The Square magazine shows its appreciation for these efforts through its monthly feature Masonic Blogs, and The Magpie Mason was so recognized.

The magazine publicizes its articles via the usual social media platforms, and its posts last week promoted your favorite Masonic blog! No, not Dummies. This one!

It seems The Magpie Mason’s actual appearance in the magazine was more than a year ago. Somehow this eluded me despite my regularly perusing the website.

I’m in good company too. The current issue salutes Craftsmen Online as the highlight of Masonic podcasts.

The Square delivers solid content about Freemasonry, and does so free of charge. My thanks to Editor Philippa Lee for the generous recognition.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

‘King Charles III: So help me God’


The coronation of the United Kingdom’s monarch took place today—you may have heard—and this edition of The Magpie Mason concerns King Charles III’s oath, which concludes with the words “So help me God” and a kiss of the Bible.

I have written more than once on the likelihood that George Washington added those four words to his first presidential oath of office in New York on April 30, 1789. My contention, which can be read here, basically is that Washington spoke those words because they were traditionally found in oaths, even if they are not in the text of the presidential oath as given in the U.S. Constitution. To bolster the convincing circumstantial evidence I cited, which includes several early Masonic oaths, I now share the king’s oath which has roots in medieval times.


“All this I promise to do. The things which I here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.” He then kissed the Holy Bible.

That’s it. That’s the whole post.

‘Monk Tabaco and the Square & Compasses’

Monk Tabaco

An online discussion of rope tobaccos for the pipe led me to the existence of an Argentine tobacco company named Monk that, for reasons I cannot discover, employs the Square and Compasses for a logo. I thought I’d share some info here.

Monk Tabaco

I gather Monk adheres to the boutique approach, offering its mixtures in small quantities, so the oligarchy of pipe tobacco makers should fear no danger. Maybe success will produce growth. (I don’t find any distribution in the United States.)

Monk Tabaco
It uses ingredients with which we are familiar, and it makes pipe mixtures in the forms we know. There are ribbon, flake, and—impressively—the rope tobaccos. Monk sells aromatics and the usual traditional blends, so there’s something for just about everyone. They manufacture cigars also, but pipe mixtures seem to be Monk’s emphasis. Actually, I’m only assuming they make the goods.

Monk Tabaco

No hablo español
, so I can’t decipher its website, but some of its Facebook posts are translated into English.

Monk Tabaco

When looking at the prices, don’t have a heart attack. The goods are valued in Argentine pesos, which is denominated with the same dollar sign we use. For example, the 100-gram tin of Mediterráneo Edición Especial retails for $3,450.00—and, in U.S. dollars, that’s $15.52. (If you think inflation here is debilitating, you won’t believe what’s happening in Argentina!)

The Grand Lodge of Argentina is among the recognized family comprised of most Freemasons. From what I’ve read, I would say our Argentine brethren practice the variety of Freemasonry favored by the Grand Orient of France, as opposed to the Anglo-American type. Click here and check it out.

Friday, May 5, 2023

‘Goodbye Bro. Hoot’

Bro. Harold ‘Hoot’ Fink.

Bro. Ted, down in the District of Columbia, shared the sad news today of the death in January of our good Brother Harold “Hoot” Fink—something Ted said he’d learned accidentally. I see obituaries online, but no details of what happened. He was 67.

Hoot was one of the mainstays of the old Masonic Light group on Yahoo! I believe I met him on the Philalethes first, but I remember him from ML for his impeccable manners, inexhaustible kindness and good cheer. (Okay, there was one time he posted a Red Cross of Constantine ritual, but he didn’t realize it still was an active group.) I met him only once in real life; that was during AMD Weekend at the old Hotel Washington in D.C. in February 2002. It was my first time there, so matching new faces to familiar names spiced up the convivial atmosphere. We sat at the lobby bar, enjoying afternoon cocktails and cigars (can you imagine?!) as I, a few feet away, listened to him talk and slowly realized who he was. I recall Bob Davis, puffing on an Excalibur III, and someone else was between us, but I bet Hoot was talking about riding his Harley through the open areas around Syracuse, which tipped me off.

The ML group offered several regular features every week to give some structure, one of which was “Mackey A to Z,” which Hoot inaugurated. As you probably guessed, one word from Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, always in alphabetical sequence, was chosen for discussion. It was more fun than it sounds because the membership was as eclectic as could be without including Masons from other planets. Tons of enlightening perspectives.

“Let’s see what Albert has to say this week,” Hoot would begin. After back-to-back trips from A to Z, Hoot passed this tradition to me; I traveled from A to Z a couple times, but it wasn’t the same.

Hoot was at labor in Konosioni Lodge 950 upstate. He would have made a wonderful Worshipful Master, but I don’t recall if he took that route.

My condolences to Hoot’s son, daughter, the grandchildren, and the brethren at lodge.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

‘Past Grand Master conveys Stone of Scone to Westminster Abbey’

Scottish Freemason Joseph J. Morrow, in his capacity as Lord Lyon King of Arms, brought the Stone of Scone from Edinburgh to London for the coronation of King Charles III Saturday. He is shown here at Westminster Abbey April 29.

No, I’m not surprised at all to see how a Freemason has conveyed the Stone of Scone from Edinburgh to London for the coronation of King Charles III. It is a stone, after all.

Joseph J. Morrow, who served the Grand Lodge of Scotland as its 108th Grand Master Mason in 2004-05, is serving in his capacity as Lord Lyon King of Arms, a position he has held since being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014. The Stone of Scone, also called the Stone of Destiny, is a 336-pound block of sandstone that has been central to coronations of English kings since 1307, but naturally has a history long predating that.

According to legend, it was the stone pillow on which the Patriarch Jacob rested his head, so there is that connection to Craft ritual. In more modern times (about 700 BCE), it had reached Ireland, at the place where its kings were crowned. A Celtic conquest of Scotland resulted in its removal to that land, and eventually its deposit at Scone in the ninth century. Here the history becomes more reliable, as the stone was installed in the seat of the Scottish coronation chair. It’s last use there for that purpose was 1292; four years later, England invaded Scotland, and King Edward I had the Stone of Scone brought to London.

The Stone of Scone, or Stone of Destiny.

Since 1307, the Stone of Destiny has been in the seat of the very same coronation chair on which Charles III will sit on Saturday. In 1996, the government returned it to Scotland, ergo the reason it was brought thence to Westminster Abbey. It will be returned to Edinburgh Castle afterward.

Past Grand Master Morrow has been involved in the current royal succession since the death of the Queen last September. His duties include overseeing state ceremonial in Scotland, granting new arms to individuals/organizations; confirming claims to existing arms; recognizing clan chiefs; and registering new clan tartans. It was he who read the proclamation of the new king in Edinburgh.

“He then declared ‘God save the King,’ and the crowd shouted the phrase back to him,” according to a public statement from the Grand Lodge then. “The national anthem was sung, and the Lord Lyon led three cheers, saying ‘Hip hip,’ to which the crowd replied with ‘Hooray!’ The proclamation was followed by a 21-gun salute from the city’s castle.”

Earlier this year, Morrow was dubbed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his services in the wake of the Queen’s death.

Morrow was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in November 2004, but rather than customarily seek annual re-election for five consecutive terms, he resigned the post after one year due to “a change in personal circumstances and for health reasons,” according to a story in The Scotsman at that time.

“Earlier in the month, a Sunday newspaper reported how the Labour councillor, advocate and Episcopalian priest was openly gay and was planning to remove some of the mystique traditionally surrounding the secretive organization,” the periodical also reported.

Morrow was made a Mason in 1981 in Lodge Camperdown 317. He was Exalted in Camperdown Royal Arch Chapter 271 the following year, where he served as First Principal in 1989. He also has sought Masonic Light in Royal Ark Mariner and Cryptic degrees.

He has served as M.E. First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland since 2018.

SGRAC of Scotland
I think it is to his great credit that when Elizabeth II invested Morrow with the Commander of the British Empire honor, he was attired in a kilt of the Royal Arch tartan!

The hour of the coronation will be 11 a.m. local time, so if you want to watch it live in New York, you will have to tune in at six in the morning.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

‘Brandywine Battlefield Degree 2023’

Potomac Lodge 5, FAAM
George Washington wielded this gavel during the cornerstone ceremony
at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 1793.

It’s way too early to focus on an event coming in October, so please feel free to skip this edition of The Magpie Mason, but if you’re the type who plans ahead, maybe you would want to attend the Brandywine Battlefield Degree in Pennsylvania and book your seats now.

Kennett Lodge 475 and brethren from around the Fifth Masonic District will host the fourth annual degree. That will be Saturday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m. at Brandywine Battlefield Park. From the publicity:

Brother George Washington’s gavel, which was used at the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the United States Capitol, will be on display during the event. The gavel is provided courtesy of Potomac Lodge 5 in Washington, DC. Your ticket purchase entitles you to the following:

  • opportunity to view and have your picture taken with the Washington gavel
  • commemorative color ticket printed on thick stock
  • commemorative coin with event details
  • barbecue meal prepared on site with side dishes and dessert

The event begins at 4:30 with tours of the Visitor Center and Washington’s Headquarters for an additional cost of $8. Photos with Washington’s gavel will begin at five o’clock, with dinner at six. The Master Mason Degree will be conferred promptly at 7:30. There will be cigars to enjoy at an additional cost, or bring your own. The cost of the event remains at only $40 ($44.52 with fees).

This event is rain or shine and is open to Master Masons only. There will be seating provided.

Buy tickets here.

Monday, May 1, 2023

‘Whew! Thank God that’s over!’


It’s been six years, so I can’t remember all the specifics of why Grand Lodge withdrew its recognition of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, but the disagreement has been resolved, according to a proclamation from Grand Master Richard J. Kessler.

Grand Lodge is meeting today in Masonic Hall to tackle all kinds of business for the year. Questions of relations with other jurisdictions inevitably arise, but I think it’s unusual to see squabbles between some of the oldest grand lodges in the world. I don’t see a previous edition of The Magpie Mason that explains the New York-Scotland rift, but I think I recall an incident of three individuals being rejected for membership here, who then found a lodge in Scotland that accepted them. Correction: Three New York Masons were expelled. They later became members of a Scottish lodge in Lebanon, as Scotland wouldn’t honor the New York expulsions. There is more to the affair, exacerbating details involving grand lodges active in Lebanon, but it’s all over now.

That could sound trivial to the uninitiated ear, but it speaks to a couple of the fraternity’s integral principles. But they worked it out, which honors possibly the bedrock of our fundamentals.

The decision required a vote of the members of Grand Lodge, which evidently happened, since our Grand Secretary disseminated the proclamation moments ago.

Congratulations to all parties! What a regrettable circumstance to have materialized back in 2017.

(I see Oscar is in Edinburgh today; he’s free to visit a lodge there now. 😁)