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Everything posted by Trouillogan

  1. You just enter the fact of the suspension in the minute book, along with the GM's letter, and circulate the minute in the normal way. It will come up for confirmation at the next regular meeting. I don't think it would make much sense to issue a summons of any kind when a lodge or all lodges are under suspension. It would make sense, though, to issue a notice, with the GM's letter, in lieu of a summons, advising that the lodge is suspended - even though everyone already knows. In cases where rule 119(a) would be in effect, then the letter should be in the name of the SW. As always, if in doubt ask your ProvGSec.
  2. It's surprising (or perhaps not) how many secretaries are unaware of this. Some years ago a severe winter weather situation arose while I was lodge secretary, so I said the proposed meeting would have to be abandoned. A very experienced brother told me to cancel it, which I knew was incorrect. I asked the ProvGSec to advise and that advice was to abandon. I only did this because the brother was adamant. I since learned that if 'cancellation' is noted in the minutes and those minutes become confirmed, then the lodge's fate is technically sealed. Undoubtedly a bit of backtracking could be done even after the minutes are confirmed, so I cannot see an erasure actually taking place on that ground alone these days. Provinces don't like to lose lodges!
  3. Thank goodness the suspension order came through before you cancelled your lodge meeting. There is no power to cancel lodge meetings - see rule 137 B of C. If you did cancel it, the warrant would need to be returned or it would be seized and the lodge would no longer exist, it would have been erased. Solutions: 1. If you have a quorum of five (briefly) including one installed master (of any lodge) and at least two members of the lodge itself, you could open, confirm the minutes and close quite legitimately as a 'regular' lodge meeting. 2. If there is no quorum, then you note in the minute book that the meeting was abandoned due to insufficient numbers. Fortunately, UGLE has ordered the suspension of all meetings which effectively and officially hits the 'pause' button, so all we do is wait until they end the suspension and we are all back to normal - if you can regard what we do as normal!! This is what happened in the first few months of WWII. Further, if you use common sense, don't hold any other gatherings - GPC, LoI, functions and ladies' nights, coach parties, BBQs. The reason is obvious.
  4. A fundamental problem was that the 1738 Papal interdict was made on the basis of 'rumour' and 'gossip' concerning what nowaydays can only be regarded as irregular freemasonry within reach of the Vatican. Naturally, each pope has tended to support his predecessors down the centuries, so no change could be countenanced while that was happening. Further confusion is found when the claim is made that freemasonry is 'universal'. From a Papal viewpoint, which considers Roman Catholicism as universal and thereby the same everywhere, that viewpoint was applied to the 'universality' of freemasonry. In one sense freemasonry is 'universal' in that it exists everywhere but in another sense it is not, because its practice varies from place to place and from time to time. The Roman Catholic church appears not to have been able, or perhaps willing, to apply that compromise alongside its narrow interpretation of its own universality. Notwithstanding all of that historical situation, it is now true to say that the Roman Catholic church does not rail against the kind of freemasonry practised under UGLE and its adherent Grand Lodges, as regards its general membership. However, the priesthood is still barred by their church from masonic membership. Many of the Orients, particularly the atheistic ones will, I'm sure, always be beyond the pale. Yes, the mills do grind slowly but they do indeed grind. Just a few years ago the Vatican apologised for their actions in murdering the Knights Templar. Now they are taking on board that UGLE freemasonry is not anti-church. There is still a way to go but the direction is good.
  5. New one on me, too. Contemplate the Level!
  6. Yes indeed, the original link does now work - gremlins!
  7. Unfortunately the link you give is dead!
  8. On the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 web site there is a list of speaking events at which the Lodge members are involved. Given for each are the date, speaker, the subject or event, where it is taking place and sometimes contact details for bookings. This is the link: https://www.quatuorcoronati.com/when-and-where-to-hear-our-members/ For those who may not be aware, Quatuor Coronati is the world's premier lodge of masonic research and it's members are are all ardent researchers frequently speaking, leading discussions and writing books and in masonic magazines. A few of the events shown are abroad but most are in this country.
  9. Well, apart from Ozymandius' post, this thread is all about the 250th collar jewel and illustrations of them. The '300th' is another event entirely and, of course, it looks different, as it should.
  10. It would seem, then, that as he was not capable of answering for himself in UGLE, the edifice could collapse and his UGLE degree conferrals be void. I really believe this should be referred to the UGLE Grand Secretary for advice, followed by a similar referral to the Mark Grand Secretary.
  11. May I suggest that reference is made to the section: 'Disabled Candidates' in the booklet Information for the Guidance of Members of the Craft. This, you will see, is one of the decisions made by the Board of General purposes. In the situation you mention it would seem appropriate seek advice from the Grand Secretary. That some kind of ceremony has been performed involving this poor chap, that is a separate issue which you would need to mention to the Grand Secretary.
  12. Not sure what you mean - it's identical with the one Lewis shows above. Just that yours has been removed from the collar.
  13. Hardly - but nice try, though!
  14. The difficulty to which you refer as far as UGLE is concerned, would have a tendency to impact much wider international recognition, since much of that is based on the structure of 'three degrees and no more; . . . including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.' agreed at the 1813 Union which created UGLE. Perhaps a solution may be found for making the 'Ceremony of the Veils' available to English Masons in a similar way to the Mark, by having it as an 'optional extra' which a qualified Mason may take should he wish it to be part of his journey. One possible home for the Veils could be the Royal and Select Masters, as there we already find the Excellent Master and Super Excellent Master in those Cryptic Degrees. By doing so, the 'three degrees and no more' remain unchanged under UGLE, the Mark is already optionally available and then so would the Veils. It has seemed to me over a number of years consideration that only a little effort would be needed to put this into effect. The Veils is already permitted to be demonstrated in our provinces; all it needs is a proper home.
  15. Looks like a signet sealing ring. It's age will be given in the assay marks which i can see on the inner surface. Without more info I don't think much else can be said. There looks as if there might be an inscription - does that give you any clue?
  16. The answer to your question would appear to be a qualified 'yes' but not quite as we would today expect. It's complicated! The matter was exhaustively dealt with by Dr James Campbell in the Prestonian Lecture for 2011. The lecture is to be found in AQC Vol. 125 for 2012. I was present when he delivered the paper in Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076. AQC is the annual journal of the transactions of that lodge and back-copies are available from Lewis Masonic.
  17. Boats are very appropriate as, in the early eighteenth century, a Noah legend was used but was soon changed to the HA one we have now. Of course, Noah remained and became an order of its own in the nineteenth century, 'moored' to the Mark for no better reason than it was looking for a home
  18. Thank you Mike. I've told my QC Lodge and Circle about this in case any are interested.
  19. I agree with Mike here. Frequently I'm in direct communication with members of staff in the LibMus at GQS; no involvement with anyone else and no one else's business.
  20. Correct, no one will claim ownership of these significant jewels; they were awarded to lodges and not to individuals. Many qualifying lodges mount them proudly on the Master's collar. However, since so few brethren appear to take much interest in the history of their lodges or of the Craft as a whole, it is not surprising that little is known or passed on about such matters. I would suggest that you do likewise and perhaps address the lodge on the subject.
  21. I have to say that I prefer our English pick-and-mix arrangement, with pre-qualifications, to a regimented order. We can select to our individual tastes and needs, as they develop over the years. Of course, it's the way I'm used to, so won't suit everyone.
  22. Trouillogan


    Welcome, Bro John. We look forward to your comments and queries.
  23. As to the forget-me-not, there have been many stories about its origin and use, including the ridiculous idea that German Freemasons used it for recognition during the horrific period from 1933 to 1945. Here is the paper by Alain Bernheim, highly respected Masonic researcher and international concert pianist, who was himself interred under the nazi regime. It's a lengthy and detailed paper but worth reading to get the truth: http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/bernheim3.html
  24. One of the things that make Freemasonry special is the formal dress, in my opinion. New members appear to like this characteristic. As long as they do, that's fine. A century and more ago knee breeches and hose were the dress, as you will still find in Apollo Lodge today (the members love it and and are proud to continue). So perhaps now may not be yet the time for a wholesale change.
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