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.


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.

Open Letter from 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.

First Newsletter

We are pleased to send out the first automatic newsletter generated from our blog section of our new site.  This is the first monthly email that you have received by signing up to receive them.   This first email reflects all post made to the site as a starting point.  Subsequent emails will only contain new material added to the site.  Thank you for signing up!

Welcome to the new WV Grand Lodge Website

GLWVSeal210wWe are excited to welcome you to our new website!

There are many useful areas on our site where you can find valuable information. Look around and be sure to check out every page. We are adding information quickly to the site, so check back often. When you sign up to receive updates via email, any post made to the blog section or otherwise knows as a “news feed from the Grand Lodge” updates will automatically come to your email account. Likewise, our post here will be automatically routed to our Facebook page where if you “Like” the page, you will see our updates on your timeline.

The new lodge locator page, has lodges color coded by district. The interactive map can be zoomed in to even see street level. If you click on the marker – a picture of the lodge is shown, information for lodge stated communications, the address, links to the internet presence of the lodge, and a driving directions to the lodge section is available. Simply put any address for the start location and you can see directions to the chosen lodge. We hope that this map will be of service to all masons in the grand jurisdiction as well as for all visiting brethren from outside our jurisdiction.

The events calendar will list events from the current day forward.  Links to each event are listed by default in the list view.  You can change this view to month or day by selecting the desired view.  There is also several ways to search events by entering your criteria.

We will highlight upcoming events in our blog as well we will place other pertinent information here to keep the brethren well informed. Various information will be categorized within other defined sections of the website.

Opportunities for Schools of Instruction in February

It is highly recommended by the Grand Lecturer that all officers, coaches, and all interested brethren attend as many schools of instruction as possible.  The perennial goal of the committee on work has been that every lodge be represented.  Since 1987, 100% of our lodges have met this goal by  at least one stationed officer being in attendance of a school of instruction.

This months opportunities are:

February 12 at Pennsboro

February 19 at Rowlesburg

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

Opportunities for Schools of Instruction for January

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:

January 8 at Buckhanon

January 29 at Vienna

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