From the East – January

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Jan 262007
 

Open the Lodge

As we open each Lodge in the name of God and the Holy Saints John, we open this new year of 2007 shortly after the recognition of the day of St. John the Evangelist on December 27th. We open our Masonic year with the recognition of Saint John the Baptist on or shortly after June 24th.

Some Masonic scholars believe that the real explanation of Freemasonry’s connection with the Holy Saints John Festival Days is not to be found in the history of the Craft – but, rather, in the history of ancient religions. These festival days are as old as the ancient systems of worship of fire and Sun and recognized the mysteries of the shortening and lengthening of days. Primitive people tried to explain these “mysteries” in terms of their daily lives. What could be more natural than to think these phenomena were the actions of an Unknown Deity who held very their lives and well-being in His hands?

The early Church wanted these pagan festivals stopped, but they were very popular with the people. The solution to the problem was simple; substitute Christian meanings and Saints for pagan gods on these holidays and continue to celebrate the same ceremonies on the same dates – but under a different name. Therefore, the celebration of the Summer Solstice became the Festival of Saint John the Baptist and the celebration of the Winter Solstice became the Festival of Saint John the Evangelist.

The Plano Lodge celebration of George Washington’s birthday has been scheduled for February 24th, and, will be held as usual at the Plano East High school. Please put this on your calendar and invite your family and friends.

See you in lodge. We have another busy month ahead. And I wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Fraternally,

Fred Smith

Worshipful Master