From the Secretaries Table (March, 2010)

posted May 19, 2015, 1:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 1:05 PM ]

Remembrance and Renewal

The Christian world traditionally fixes the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the vernal equinox (March 21). Holy Week begins with the preceding Sunday (Palm Sunday) and Maundy Thursday falls in the middle of Holy Week. The members of the Chapter of Rose Croix have, since 1866, observed Maundy Thursday as a special day, when they honor those who have passed on during the previous year.
In 1994, in deference to the Maundy Thursday rites in churches, it was decided to replace the Scottish Rite ceremony with a non-obligatory "Celebration of Remembrance and renewal". This observance would be held near the vernal equinox, March 21.
This new ceremony is not a religious observance. It is neither the Feast of the Passover nor a Sacrament of Holy Communion, although it commemorates the spirit of both days.
Chapters of Rose Croix observe the celebration of the Mystic Banquet as a memorial service honoring those who have died during the year. This observance strengthens the ties of brotherly love, past and present. They meet together to break the bread of fraternity to reconcile themselves with those whom they may have offended, and to drink the wine of refreshment and renewal. They celebrate the lives of their departed Brethren and promise to abide by the New Law, the Law of Love, with their present Brethren and all mankind.
This year the celebration will be held on April 1, and widows of departed members will be guests for dinner and the celebration.    
April 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm 
San Jose Scottish Rite Bodies will celebrate Maundy Thursday on April 1, 2010 with a Mystic Banquet, traditional toasts and introductions, the Feast of the Passover, a Maundy Thursday address, and the formal opening and closing of the Chapter Rose Croix. All Scottish Rite brethren, their wives, widows, family and friends are invited to attend this celebration.
This special event will be prepared by the
Chapter of Rose Croix and the Cost will be $10.00 per person for the traditional dinner menu.
Call for Reservations !

Robert D. Rowan, Jr. 
General Secretary