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Brother Joe Wages Named Newest Blue Friar

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Feb 182018
 

On February 9th the 74th Consistory of the Society of Blue Friars was convened by Grand Abbott, S. Brent Morris, who named Brother Josef Wäges, a member of Plano Lodge, as the 108th Blue Friar.

The Society of Blue Friars was formed in 1932 to recognize the excellence of Masonic authors. It is probably the smallest, and certainly one of the oddest, concordant bodies in Masonry. It has no fixed ritual or ceremonies, no dues or fees, and very few records. The name was chosen, presumably, because “Friar” is related to the French word for “Brother,” and is therefore appropriate for a
Masonic group; but it would also call to mind the monks of the Middle Ages, the ones who wrote most of the books in those days. The society appoints one new Friar a year, who upon the announcement, is required to give a short paper to the audience and fellow Friars.

Brother Wages is the co-author of The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Ritual and Doctrines of the Illuminati (2015), and is a dedicated and careful scholar and researcher. His presentation was on Etienne (Stephen) Morin and an obscure 1764 manuscript of ritual from Santo Domingo, known in some circles as the Baylot Manuscript. Morin was a French dignitary in the Caribbean who was responsible for the early spread of Masonic degrees of the Order of the Royal Secret (later the Rite of Perfection) between 1763 and 1771. These would become the foundation of what we know today as the Scottish Rite. The rough and hard to read Santo Domingo Manuscript comes from the French Masonic archives of Jean Baylot in Paris’ Bibliothèque Nationale, and predates the far more famous Francken Manuscript by almost twenty years.

Since 1944 the Society has met once a year (except for 1945), in a session that is open to all Masonic Brethren. The “Consistory” takes place in Washington, D.C., in February, as part of the annual “Masonic Week” event sponsored by the Allied Masonic Degrees. At the annual meeting, the new Friar is proclaimed and is expected to deliver a research paper. In earlier times, the papers were sometimes printed in the Miscellanea of the Allied Masonic Degrees. In recent years they have appeared in The Philalethes magazine.

The Society has a short list of regulations. They tell us that there are three officers. The presiding officer is the Grand Abbot, who retains his office as long as he wishes, or as long as he lives. He appoints the Deputy Grand Abbot (who is his designated successor), and the Secretary-General. The Grand Abbot may receive nominations for new Friars, but the final decision as to who shall be selected rests entirely with him. There are neither dues nor fees. And the regulations can be changed only at the pleasure of the Grand Abbott.

Congratulations to Brother Wages for this honor and recognition of his scholarship and talents!

Briscoe Workshop on August 16th

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Jul 242017
 

Plano Lodge will host a Briscoe Workshop on August 16th.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

This is a great workshop presenting various scenarios that may come up for a Master of the Lodge and how to handle them.

The program focuses on 1) Grand Lodge law, 2) dealing with difficult and unexpected situations as a Lodge officer, and 3) enhancing understanding of symbolic and esoteric aspects of Freemasonry

All Master Masons are encouraged to attend!

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Plano Lodge Holds 4th Blood Drive of the 2015-2016 Year

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Apr 112016
 

Through the generous donation of your time and blood donations, we have collected a total of 49 units of blood.

These units of blood has helped save 147 lives in our community!

Thank you all for your continued dedication to our blood drives, and we look forward to another successful year.

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Give!

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Give!

Masonic History for April

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Apr 112016
 
April 4 On this date in 1778, Voltaire was initiated in “Les Neuf Soeurs” Lodge in Paris. His conductors were Benjamin Franklin and Count Gebelin
April 5 On this date in 1886, Rudyard Kipling received his 1st degree.
April 8 On this date in 1790, the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire was constituted
April 19 On this date in 1787, the Grand Lodge of Maryland was formedOn this date (or April 18) in 1850, the Grand Lodge of California was formed
April 20 On this date in 1884, Pope Leo XIII issued a famous Papal Bull against Freemasonry, titled Humanum Genus
April 21 On this date in 1821 the Grand Lodge of Missouri was founded.
April 22 On this date in 1785, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart received his 3rd degree.
April 24 On this date in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt received his 3rd degree.
April 28 On this date in 1738, Pope Clement XII issued the first Papal Bull attacking FreemasonryOn this date in 1840, the Grand Lodge of Illinois was formed