From the Wise Master (March, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 5:25 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 5:25 PM ]
This month I will give you a heads up for April. Event scheduling in April is tight, and we have to look into completing reservations before you may have a chance to receive the April Rite Word.
Since olden times, man has observed in ceremonies certain events that have their actual timing based on our sky and stars: solstice and equinoxes. They can be found in old pagan rites and in beliefs of many ages, in the mysteries of Stonehenge, in the design of the Egyptian pyramids and right up to our own times, represented in ceremonies such as the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter ceremonies April is the time for us to celebrate our Maundy Thursday, also known as the Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal. Timed around Spring Equinox and Easter, it is in no way a reference to any particular belief. In California, we often forget that around this time is where large parts of the western tradition world will see the awakening from a sometimes long and dark winter. It is a moment where we look back to the dark days of winter, where we clean our houses, repair winter’s damages and re-plant the gardens. We think about the hardships and losses we went through during those tough winter times, and are looking forward to a great year again. Our Scottish Rite ceremony is just that, but for us, for our thoughts, our soul, and with some refreshments served, our body. 
The word Maundy has its origins in the Latin work “mandatum”, a command or commandment. While Maundy Thursday is not an obligatory event any more, I do hope that most of you will either in person or in spirit share this moment with us. We will convene on Thursday, April 17th at 7 pm here at the Scottish Rite Temple, in a public event to observe Maundy Thursday and watch our ritual team perform this solemn ceremony for us and our guests.
Saturday, April 19th will be our first “casual” wine tasting event, on the spring “Passport Day”. For those that missed last month’s article: it is a non-catered event visiting small wineries in the Santa Cruz mountains. As such, we’ll have to limit the amount of participants, but we will have several of these events around the four Passport Days (www.scmwa.com) this year. Please make reservations directly with me at (408) 505 1822 if you are interested in discovering some of our wine making gems in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Wolfgang Lochner, 32°
Wise Maste