From the Commander (June, 2011)

posted May 22, 2015, 2:32 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

Joseph  DaSilva

From the very beginning man lost in ignorance and superstition scans the heavens for spiritual knowledge in the hope there may shine upon his pathway an illumination from on high of the light and truth.


Of what importance is the Altar to the Lodge?
The altar is undoubtedly the most important piece of furniture in the Lodge. In all the religions of antiquity it was the usage of the priests and the people, to pass around the Altar in the course of the sun, that is to say, from east by way of the south, to the west, singing hymns of praise to Deity as part of their worship. See ("Great Paschal Hallel," or hymn or praise, consisting of Psalms 113 to 118.


What is the significance of the word Amen?
The response to every Masonic prayer is "So mote it be," meaning Amen collectively.  The word in Hebrew signifies verily, truly, certainly.  And it is where one person confirms the word of another, and adds his wish for the success of another.  It is a response to prayer.  The Talmudists have many superstitions in respect to this word. Thus in one treatise, it is said that whosoever pronounces it with fixed attention and devotion, to him the gates of Paradise will be opened; and again, whoever annunciates the word rapidly, his days shall pass rapidly away and whosoever dwells upon it distinctly and slowly, his life shall be prolonged. Rev.22:21
Lord help us live every day as we will wish we had when we come to die. Amen.    

Joseph DaSilva, 
Commander Council of Kadosh