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Covenant Lodge No. 161 of Free & Accepted Masons

Highland Avenue, Palmyra, NJ

Meets Every First Friday except July and August


“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. 

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest"    

  -  Benjamin Franklin, American writer, humorist, ambassador, inventor and Freemason

 


 

From the East  (October 2017)

 

Brethren,

 

There is a key element to the month of October that appeals to the kid in me, as I am sure it does to all of you, and that would be the holiday of Halloween. Although the history of Halloween dates back many years, and the original meaning and reasoning for the day are not commonly known, it has become a candy filled day that kids have come to look forward to. There are aspects to this day that can be traced back to the Pagan autumn harvest festivals and some that can be traced back to Christianity. People young and old have come to see this day as one full of candy, costumes, and Trick or Treating.


Did you know that in many ways the key aspects of Halloween that can even be related to Masonry? Trick or Treating is one of the most common aspects of this fun day. It is when kids go from house to house in costume and ring a doorbell and say, “Trick or Treat”. Although it is not common anymore, the trick part of this tradition actually used to be a threat, give me a treat or something bad will happen. In a way, this is like what happens during our Master Mason degree when a demand is asked of us, only we refuse to give away the proverbial treat.


Some kids have actually started using this holiday as a way to get charitable donations. The children instead of asking for candy, go door to door and ask for either money or food donations that they then turn around and give to others in need. As we all know doing charity work and trying to help out our fellow man is something all Masons are supposed to do.


One of the most interesting elements of Halloween is the costumes that people find themselves in. Whether it is a scary monster, a character from pop culture, or a satirical take on the world, Halloween allows us to put on a costume and become something we are not, even if it is just for one night. Traditionally these costumes were a way to teach kids not to be afraid of things such as monsters by humanizing them while having fun being those beings. Not only does Masonry sometimes use costumes in our various degrees, but it is also connected in a different way. Instead of hiding behind masks and costumes, to become something we are not, Masons actually use telltale items such as jewels and aprons as a way of sticking out in the world and letting other people know that they are Masons. Being a Mason is a thing of honor and people still regard us as so.


I think the most important thing this fun day can remind all of us, is that no matter what we do, or where we are, we should strive to make the best of it. Whether it is just enjoying the fact that we have excuses to eat candy, seeing the joy on our children’s’ faces as they get to celebrate a day that was fun for us growing up too, getting to dress up in a fun costume, or finding ways to bring joy and much needed items to others. If you look at everything with the eyes of Mason, you can find anything in our daily lives as a way to remember what we are and what we should be.

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,


Justin M. Winter
Worshipful Master

UPCOMING EVENTS


October 6, 2017 Stated Communication:

 

6:30 PM: Dinner (reservation required)

7:30 PM: Open Lodge

 

Reservations will be taken up until Thursday,  October 5, 2017.  Call 856-854-1991 or email at valleyofsnj@comcast.net.


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R.W. Kevin D. Bunting
District Deputy Grand Master

19th Masonic District

M.W. Dieter B. Hees
Grand Master of Masons

 State of New Jersey

R.W. Robert K. Boulton
District Ritual Instructor

19th Masonic District

 

Covenant Lodge No. 161 of F & AM  |  Highland Avenue, Palmyra, NJ 

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