May 2012 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 23, 2015, 5:21 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:21 PM ]
We have all heard of and some of us have been fortunate enough to view the ruins of the great amphitheaters, temples and other structures built by the ancient Greeks and Romans.  With the fall of the Roman Empire, there arose another order of architecture.  It indicated a new era in the world's history.  In the fourth and fifth centuries the Goths and other tribes poured from their Northern homes upon the doomed provinces of Rome.  No human power availed against their relentless march:  their camp fires extended from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the walls of the Imperial City.  What is known today as the Order of Gothic Architecture had its origin among these war-like nations.  This architecture was introduced into the north of Italy in the fourth century and remained unchanged until the Crusaders grafted upon them, the designs of buildings that the Crusaders had viewed with delight in the Mohammedan and Saracenic lands of the East.  In the tall spires, pointed arches and delicate traceries of Gothic architecture, we see the lights and shadows of Northern European forests and lands:  the overarching branches of the grand old trees, the caves with their sparry columns and the mountains with their dark gorges and beetling crags.
When our magnificent Fraternity began it was a real phenomenon.  Freemasonry was in those days of violence the ally of religion and assisted the Church to represent in forms of enduring beauty and grandeur the sublime hopes of the soul aspiring to God and immortal life.  Let us all strive to continue the building of our great Order.  It will be a blessing to us and a blessing to all we recruit, retain and reinstate.
Thank you for your dedication and devotion to our work,

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose and Fresno