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Lodge education officers and all brother Master Masons,

      Brethren, if you have a masonic educational talk, either one you have authored or if you source your talk from another’s writings and conceptual ideas, and think it would benefit the craft in general, use the contact us section of this site or email them to wvgrandlodge@gmail.com to submit your article(s) please include proper sourcing.  We will review the talk and place it in the educational talk section of the site for others to utilize within their lodges.  We will also chose talks to include with our monthly newsletter, so subscribe to the newsletter and you may see one of your talks included in a future month’s e-mailings.

 

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Opportunities for Schools of Instruction in April

The Grand Lodge highly recommends that all officers from each lodge attend as many schools of instruction as possible. It is required that at least one officer attend one school annually. This months opportunities are:

April 2 at Weston & Princeton

April 9 at Crum & Summersville

April 23 at Beckley & Wheeling

April 30@ South Charleston & Beverly

We, the Grand Lodge Officers, hope to see you there for instruction and a day of fellowship.

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So Mote It Be

A Masonic Education Moment

Submitted by Larry Long – Littleton Lodge No. 131

Why do Masons end their prayers with the phrase “So mote it be”? It is customary in contemporary English to end prayers with a hearty “Amen,” a word meaning ‘So be it’. It is a Latin word derived from the Hebrew word meaning ‘certainly’. Thus a congregation saying “Amen” is literally saying “So be it”. The word mote is an archaic verb that means ‘may’ or ‘might’ and traces back to Old English. The phrase “So mote it be” means ‘So may it be’, which is the same as ‘So be it ‘. So why do Masons end their prayer this way? The answer goes back to the Regius Poem of about 1390 AD, the oldest know Masonic document (now housed in the British Museum, London). It is one of the Old Charges or Gothic Constitution used by early Freemasons to regulate their trade. It has a legendary history, regulations to guide the Mason trade and ruse of manners and moral conduct. The poem ends famously with this couplet: Amen! Amen! So mote it be! So say we all for charity. Thus Freemasons today end their prayers the same way they did in 1390. The next time you’re in lodge and say “So mote it be” after the chaplain finishes a prayer , remember that you are continuing a 600 year old Masonic Tradition.

 

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Opportunities for Schools of Instruction in March

The Grand Lodge highly recommends that all officers from each lodge attend as many schools of instruction as possible. It is required that at least one officer attend one school annually. This months opportunities are:

March 5 at Shinnston

March 12 at Kingwood & Charleston

March 26 at Weirton & Barboursville

We, the Grand Lodge Officers, hope to see you there for instruction and a day of fellowship.

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Open Letter from the Grand Secretary

FROM THE DESK OF THE GRAND SECRETARY

Today we live in a world where a permanent indiscretion only takes a fleeting moment. Have you placed something on Youtube, tweeted or shared a thought through a post on Face book and wished you had not? Even if we don’t say something we regret, there is an issue of image both personal and Masonic. Masonic post should only contain things proper to be written. Once something is put publicly on the internet, there is always a digital presence of which can not be taken back nor deleted. This reason could be why some of us want nothing to do with social media. But. can we ignore it? It is said that the main form of communication today is social media. So, should your Lodge have a website or social media presence? Your members don’t use it you say, that’s fine, but most every person considering the Craft does and several times a day. Brethren in every corner of our Grand Jurisdiction are actively using social media each and every day. We are realizing that this is the case just from the number of requests for information we digitally receive. Social media could be the primary place of discovery for those who seek light. It has taken me a very long time to embrace at least a portion of social media and how it is used. Yes we are confronted with the choice of embracing and witnessing these new com­munication tools, but they are not the total answer for masonry. These coupled with personal contact an Education Program and most of all a good plan to improve your Lodge, makes success possible. Back to these new tools, what you post and the way you communicate is a reflection both upon the Craft and yourself. As it is said, and I’ll paraphrase, “you never know who is listening, reading or watching”. It is very easy to disrespect another opinion from the keyboard. A previous Grand Master set the standard for using social media. On line and off, we are charged in all regards to be upright, never forgetting that we are Freemasons. What we say and experience should impress the mind and not disrespect others opinions. What if anything should you post on social media? Make it a clear and conscious decision. Whatever tools you use, use them well and with wisdom. Remember you represent yourself and the craft.

William R. French P.G.M,
Grand Secretary

Many thanks to Brother Kenneth Stuczynski for his thoughts and words of wisdom.

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