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Emessay Notes August 2009

King Solomon's Chapter - DeMolay

Another great idea!

Several states are forming an “Honorary” Demolay Chapter whose purpose is to make Honorary DeMolays of Master Masons who never had the opportunity to experience DeMolay as a youth. It is also intended to strengthen the ties between the DeMolay community and the Master Masons of each Grand Jurisdiction.

Begun in Florida in 2007, the concept has quickly spread to Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan and Vermont.

Vermont DeMolay will be conferring the DeMolay Degrees on interested Master Masons on Aug. 29, 2009.

Please check with DeMolay in your Grand Jurisdiction to see if such a chapter is planned for your state or province.

Kit Carson 200th Anniversary

Want to come to God’s country? Been thinking of getting out to the great Southwest? Well, now is the time to do it! Taos, New Mexico is hosting a parade for Brother Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson’s 200th anniversary AND Bent Lodge #42’s 100th anniversary (Kit’s Lodge). The festivities will be on Saturday, September 5, 2009, which is Labor Day Weekend. The parade starts at 3:00 pm and will have numerous historical re-enactments as well as Native American tribes…and a bunch of Masons. If you are a Mason, you can actually be in the parade! After the parade there will be an open house and BBQ/Burger Fry at Bent Lodge to celebrate its centennial!

Arrangements have been made at host hotels and if you are IN the parade, you will get a discount at the hotel! Why not make a long weekend and come see us.

For further information contact:

J. Mark Drummond, Exec. Director - Kit Carson Home and Museum, Inc.
113 Kit Carson Road - Taos, NM 87571
[email protected]

(MSA ran this notice in our May 2009 issue and reprint it again as the event draws closer)

Grand Lodge of D.C. – Day of Prayer

Event: Nation’s Capital Day of Prayer
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm Refreshments to follow service
Place: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

All DC Masons, visiting Masons, Prince Hall Masons, spouses and friends are cordially invited to attend. If you are going to be in the DC area on Oct. 3, 2009 you are most welcome to be part of this worship service.

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076

The name of the lodge, Quatuor Coronati (Latin scholars would prefer ‘Quattuor’), was chosen because of its connection with the craft of the operative stonemason. The ‘Four Crowned Ones’ were martyred on 8 November in AD 302 and were regarded as the patron saints of stonemasons throughout Europe from about 400 to 1600. The installation meeting of the lodge takes place on the second Thursday in November, this being the nearest practicable date to that of their martyrdom.

The lodge was founded in 1884 by a group of nine brethren: Sir Charles Warren (then a Colonel but later a General), W. Harry Rylands, Robert Freke Gould, the Revd Adolphus F.A. Woodford, Sir Walter Besant, John P. Rylands, Major Sisson C. Pratt, William James Hughan and George W. Speth. All were scholars and some were highly distinguished in the field of Masonic study.

The Lodge’s warrant was issued by the United Grand Lodge of England on 28 November 1884 but, because the Master-designate, Brother Warren, had been despatched on a diplomatic and military mission to Africa, it was not until 12 January 1886 that the ceremony of Consecration could be performed.

The founders’ objectives were to develop for brethren everywhere an interest in research; to encourage study of the many facets of Freemasonry; to have papers read in the lodge and for them to be open to discussion and, if appropriate, criticism; to attract the attention and to enlist the co-operation of Masonic scholars in all parts of the world.

(This is a very brief history of Quatuor Coronati Lodge #2076 taken from a longer history printed in their Transactions)

Did You Know?

Explain the letters GAOTU.

Grand Architect, Great Architect, Grand or Great Artificer of the Universe are titles under which Freemasonry refers to Deity. A fundamental of Freemasonry is its nonsectarian character; any man may offer his devotions to the Deity he reveres, under the Masonic title, no matter what name he may use in his religion. Great Architect of the Universe (or any of its variations) is a symbol of Deity as named and worshipped in all religions.

(Source: MSA Digest 101 Questions About Freemasonry)

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