April 2013 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 26, 2015, 8:34 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 8:34 PM ]
In the seventh century, Athelstan granted to his brother Edwin a charter for a Grand Lodge at York, which was established with that prince as Grand Master. The descendant of this ancient temple, with its charter of twelve centuries, still exists today. To the Grand Lodge at York all due allegiance was 
rendered and from it all Masonic jurisdiction originated until the foundation of the Grand Lodge at London, by its authority and consent, in 1567.
During an age when science wandered not forth into the world's general darkness and words such as virtue, ethics, justice, brotherly love, relief and truth were seldom heard, these lodges were centers of learning. During the reign of Henry the Sixth, the Bishop of Winchester made a fierce, and for a time, a successful attack upon the fraternity. For the purpose of ascertaining its real character, Henry the Sixth chose to be initiated into the mysteries, and so highly gratified was he with the pure morality and elevated principles inculcated, that he drew up in his own handwriting a series of questions and answers respecting the nature and tendency of Freemasonry, thereby vindicating the order of all charges.
Masons are but men, and as too much prosperity may corrupt religion and debase morality, so from time to time it may taint our virtue and induce us to forget those pure and sacred lessons that it is the object of Masonry to teach and the duty of Masons to practice. One of our sacred duties is to build on this ancient foundation by recruiting the young, worthy and well-qualified, retaining our fellow brethren and reinstating the members we have lost.
We must never succumb to the wind that blows out the light of reason, but rather continue each to do our personal best by:
Ignoring Insult
Practicing Patience
Abolishing Anger
Showing Mercy
Acting with Maturity
Having Compassion
Judging not

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH, MC,  Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose, 
Fresno and San Francisco in California