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When Wor. Lucien B. Keith ascended the steps to the East of Paul Revere Lodge A.F. & A.M. on Feb. 4, 1856, little did he realize that the small town then known as North Bridgewater would eventually become the city of Brockton, a city that would grow, prosper, and be witness to so many events including 2 World Wars, the introduction of electricity, miraculous strides in medicine, and trips to outer space. Many of the pioneers that helped to create this city in that era were Masons, most of which were members of Paul Revere Lodge.
In the last 150-years, Paul Revere Lodge has occupied four different locations to conduct business and Ritual. From 1856-1881, their quarters were in the Kingman Block, from 1881-1900, they met in the area known at that time as City Block, from 1900-1962, they met on Center St., across from where the W.B. Mason building is now located and from 1962 to this day, in their current quarters on Prospect St., which was formerly known as the Hamilton Estate.
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In the past 25 years, members of Paul Revere Lodge, have served the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts to distinguish themselves and bring honor to Paul Revere Lodge. Two have been appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 29th Masonic District; Rt. Wor. Theodore H. Weide, (1985-1986) and Rt. Wor. Bruce K. Pratt, (1997-1998) and one has been appointed Deputy Grand Master of the 17th Masonic District; Rt. Wor. Richard O. Cusick (2006-2007). Paul Revere Lodge also had the honor of having Rt. Wor. Bruce K. Pratt elected in the year 2000, to serve the Grand Lodge as the Senior Grand Warden and Wor. Raymond Allen joined him as his Grand Persuivant.
Paul Revere Lodge has had programs that have continued to flourish throughout these past 25 years; such as the Red Cross Blood Drive Program, which is held six times per year on Prospect St. Through the work of many volunteers this program has grown and continued to be one of the top Masonic Blood Drives in the state. After the devastating Hurricane Katrina, our blood drive was able to collect a record 165 pints of blood for the victims. Many of our blood donors have been coming to our drives for many years and still enjoy the full breakfasts and the chance to see some old friends.
Since 1970, Paul Revere Lodge along with the seven other Lodges in our district, have been involved with the Brockton VA Hospital and their Chapel Services Program. Once every eight weeks each Lodge takes a turn escorting patients from their respective wards to Protestant services at the Hospital’s Chapel from 11 to 12 pm.
Lodge Officers 2013
Front Row from Left: Bro. Ray Harvey - Senior Warden, Wor. Tom Burke - Worshipful Master, Bro. Bryce Hatch - Junior Warden.
Second Row from Left: Bro. Dennis Greeley - Senior Deacon, Bro. Jonathan L. Parker - Treasurer, RW Dick Cusick - Asst. Treasurer, Wor. David Goodrich - Secretary, RW James Hardy - Asst. Secretary, Bro. Scott Protentis - Junior Deacon
Third Row from Left: Bro. Marc Raithel - Senior Steward, Bro. Donald Bisset - Electrician/Piper, Bro. Peter Del Sette - Chaplain, Bro. Benvindo Lopes - Junior Steward
Fourth Row from Left: Wor. Douglas Massey - Marshal, Bro. Leo Choquette - Tyler, Bro. Cosimo Diiorio - Inside Sentinel, Bro. Davis Scudder - Organist
Bro. Martin Desjardins - Asst. Senior Steward, Bro. David Tenore - Asst. Junior Steward
FROM THE SECRETARY’S CORNER
CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES MICHAEL HARDY, PAST MASTER OF PAUL REVERE, DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER 2013
BITS & PIECES
Freemasonry in the
Fraternally, Peter A. Del Sette, Lodge Historian
BEHIND THE APRON
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Fraternally, Bro. Peter A. Del Sette
The Red Cross of Constantine, or more formally the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Appendant Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St John the Evangelist is a Christian Order of Freemasonry. Candidates for the Order must already be members of Craft Freemasonry (lodge) and Royal Arch Freemasonry (chapter); they must also be members of the Christian religion, and ready to proclaim their belief in the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine is a three-degree Order of masonry, and with its "Appendant Orders" a total of five degrees are conferred within this system. Installation as a “Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine” is admission to the Order’s first degree. There are two more degrees which follow, and also the two other distinct Orders of Masonry (both Christian in character) which are under the control of each national (or regional) Grand Imperial Conclave of the Order.
First Degree – Knight-Mason
On admission to the Order a member becomes a Knight-Mason, or a Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine. This ceremony is known as installation, and is performed in a ‘Conclave’. A Conclave is the regular unit of this Order, and the name for any assembly of members of the Order’s first degree. The ceremony is short and simple, but teaches valuable moral lessons to the candidate, based upon the story of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, and the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
On election to serve as Viceroy (the second in command of a Conclave), a member must be admitted to the second degree, by which ceremony he becomes a Venerable Priest-Mason, or an Installed Eusebius. This ceremony is performed in a ‘College’ of Priests-Mason. A College is the name for any assembly of members of the Order’s second degree. The ceremony is highly spiritual in nature, and incorporates more overtly religious symbolism and ritual. Having received this degree the Installed Eusebius or Priest-Mason is entitled to serve as Viceroy in his own, or any other, Conclave or College. In general this degree may only be conferred on those elected to serve as Viceroy of a Conclave, although exceptions are possible by dispensation.
On election to serve as Sovereign (the leader of a Conclave), a member must be admitted to the third degree, by which ceremony he becomes a Perfect Prince-Mason. The ceremony is performed in a ‘Senate’ of Princes-Mason. A Senate is the name for any assembly of members of the Order’s third degree. Having received this degree the Prince-Mason is entitled to serve as Sovereign in his own, or any other, Conclave or Senate. Except by dispensation, this degree is only ever conferred on those elected as Sovereign. As with all masonic degrees, it may only be conferred on a person once - therefore a person becoming Sovereign for a second time, or in a different Conclave, would simply be appointed to office, and would not go for a second time through the degree ceremony.
The Appendant Orders
Two additional Christian Orders of Masonry are under the control of the Grand Imperial Conclaves (national ruling bodies) of the Red Cross of Constantine. One is the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the other is the Order of St John the Evangelist. Each of these Orders consists of a single degree or ceremony, and although the two Orders are conferred separately, they are usually conferred on the same day, one straight after the other. It is a rule of most jurisdictions that a member of the first degree of the Red Cross of Constantine must subsequently take these two Appendant Orders, before he may be considered qualified to proceed to the second and third degrees of the Red Cross of Constantine.
The Order of the Holy Sepulchre: The Masonic Order of the Holy Sepulchre has a long and complex ritual of symbolic meaning, based upon the legend of knights guarding the supposed place of burial of Jesus Christ.
The Order of St John the Evangelist: This Order is conferred in a short ceremony of an overtly Christian character; it is common for the Order of St John the Evangelist to be conferred on the same day as the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, one ceremony occurring straight after the other. A meeting of the Order of St John the Evangelist takes place in a ‘Commandery’.