From the Wise Master (April, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 4:15 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 4:17 PM ]
Our Maundy Thursday celebration was well attended and a very enjoyable event for the first day of spring! Many thanks to all that helped plan and execute the celebration and dinner! Many, many thanks to the cast for another great performance! 
 An Item of Interest:
Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code”, is believed to be writing another book tentatively titled “The Solomon Key” which is “set deep within the oldest fraternity in history … the enigmatic brotherhood of the Masons”. The planned release date for Mr. Brown’s new book is not yet known, however, speculations are that the book may be released on a date that is of significance to Freemasonry. Since some of the leaders of the American Revolution were Masons, including George Washington, the book may be released on July Fourth, which is also the date in 1848 that the ornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid in a ceremony hosted by Freemasons.
 On September 18, 1793, President Washington led a Masonic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. It is considered to be one of the most important events in Masonic history.  Also, the cornerstone of the White House was laid on October 13, 1792, during a Masonic celebration. On that day in 1307, the King of France ordered the arrest of all Knights Templar. Any of these dates are candidates for the projected release date. 
Mr. Brown has toured a number of Masonic temples to get the historical facts correct, says Akram Elias, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accept Masons of the District of Columbia.

Hal Leister, 32°
Wise Master