Re-dedication of Hope Lodge #25
From time immemorial, it has been the custom of the Craft of Free and Accepted Masons to lay corner stones, consecrate Masonic Altars and dedicate monuments. On Thursday, February 10th, we exercised our right and privilege to do so once again in accordance with our most ancient traditions and re-dedicated the ashlar, lodge room and building of Hope Lodge No. 25, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
With the lodge room filled to capacity, our Most Worshipful Grand Master along with a very large suite of brothers entered Hope Lodge to pay his fraternal visit to the Southern District. Once properly received the Grand Master and Grand Council assumed their stations to begin a ceremony rarely seen. With vessels and implements previously used by our forefathers stored in our museum, the stage was set to restore Hope Lodge to full operating order. Certainly qualifying as a great and important undertaking, R∴W∴Tom Yeaw, Grand Chaplain, led the craft in prayer and all there in assembled observed silence, due order and decorum under the direction of the Grand Marshal. With all in order and empowered by our Grand Master the Grand Council was set to work. The working tools of operative masonry considered the most valued jewels of a lodge were now in their hands. Right Worshipful Brothers; McGuire, Iacobucci and Carlson, all Master Masons, individually inspected and tried the stone with the implement of their office and found the stone to be true and trusty.
With the final seal of approval reserved for the Grand Master, escorted by the Grand Marshal, the stone was struck three times and declared well formed. With the stone properly prepared the time honored tradition of anointing the stone was now at hand. With corn, wine and oil, the symbolic pouring out of these three elements served to nourish, refresh and enlighten the hearts of man. The consecrating of the stone, lodge room and building now complete, it was once again certainly fit for the Master's use. The official proclamation was announced and Hope Lodge fortified was once again filled with a new found energy and all felt in order. It was genuinely an uplifting moment and most assuredly an emotional time for the Master and members of Hope Lodge as they have their home back. The world continues to be a disturbing place, it is these trying times where we need to show the profane we are strong in our beliefs and actions. We need to make a daily effort to live and act as we have vowed to do. Think my brothers, Masonry is not your agenda but our agenda to make a difference.