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Emessay Notes November 2011

2011 Green Envelope Appeal

Dear Brethren,

t is an honor for me to be asked to prepare the 2011 Appeal Letter for the Masonic Service Association of North America - Hospital Visitation Program.

As a Veteran who served this country in the United States Marine Corp I am well aware of the value of visiting our Veterans in VA Hospitals. In fact, both my lady Susan and I feel so strongly about this issue that Lady Susan made the Hospital Visitation Program one of her charitable activities for 2011.

Our Veterans in VA Hospitals and State Veterans Homes very often have no family or friends to visit them and so the MSA Hospital Visitors help fill many lonely hours. The attention given in such visits form friendships but more importantly make the Veteran aware that there is someone "out there" who cares!

Our Veterans served our country in its time of need and now it is our turn to serve them in their time of need.

Won't you please help support this most worthwhile program, knowing that when an MSA Hospital Visitor touches a patient in a VA Hospital or a State Veterans Home they are truly representing the entire Masonic community.

Thanks for your help!

Aquinas (Moe) Evans
Grand Monarch
Grottos of North America




King James Bible 400 Years Old

The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, one of the world's most famous books and the most published book in the English language, is being observed this year.

This English translation of the Bible, authorized by the Church of England and begun in 1606, was completed for its initial printing in 1611.

Many familiar phrases and passages, which are part of Masonic ritual and still in use around the world, are taken from this translation of the Bible.

"The King James Bible is hugely influential, not just in America or Britain, but anywhere the English language went – all the colonies, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and in the African countries where English is spoken," according to Hannibal Hamlin, co-curator for an exhibition of the King James Bible, currently at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  "It is one Bible among many, but many denominations are devoted to it. Many aspects of the King James Bible got things right.  Nothing else has endured remotely as long."

The exhibition at the Folger Library continues through January 15, 2012. 

Centennial Cornerstone Ceremony

The Centennial anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the House of the Temple in Washington, DC, the national headquarters of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction, was commemorated on October 16-18.

The celebration of the 100th year milestone included guided tours, a symposium, and a reenactment of the cornerstone ceremony.

The tours focused on two subjects: Masonic Symbolism in the House of the Temple and Pope's Legacy: His Vision for the "Men's House."  Famed architect John Russell Pope designed the building.

The keynote speaker for the symposium was Thomas Luebke, Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

The reenactment of the cornerstone ceremony, exactly 100 years after the original event, was exemplified by officers of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.

Remembered Quote

"I always turn to the sports section first, which records man's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."

(Source: Earl Warren, former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California)


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