Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 8, September 2019


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Master’s Message & From the East – September 2019


Master’s Message

Osiris, the first born to the Egyptian Gods Geb and Nut, assumed his role as the “Lord of Earth.” Osiris was a wise and benevolent king, and commanded the respect of the Gods and all who lived on the earth. He observed a lack of civilized behavior among the Egyptian people, and in response, he passed laws, and promoted culture, religious instruction, agriculture, and equality. Egypt became a utopia.

Set, the second born son of Geb and Nut, became jealous and resentful of Osiris’ success and admiration. Set conspired with his wife, Nephthys, to murder Osiris. Having developed their plan, Set and Nephthys threw a party for Osiris and presented him with a gift, a beautiful coffin made to Osiris’ exact specifications. When Osiris lay down in the coffin, Set slammed the lid on, fastened it shut, and threw it into the Nile. With Osiris dead, Set assumed the throne of Egypt.

Isis, Osiris’ faithful wife, searched for Osiris’ body, until one day she learned the coffin containing Osiris’ body had sailed to Phoenicia, where a tree had enveloped it within its trunk. Isis went to Phoenicia and found the tree in the king’s palace serving as a pillar, and returned to Egypt with Osiris’ body. Set discovered that Osiris’ body had been recovered and proceeded to dismember the body, scattering the pieces throughout Egypt. Isis set out to recover the pieces of Osiris’ body. Using the “breath of life,” Isis resurrected Osiris only long enough so that they could conceive a child, Horus. Isis raised Horus in isolation out of fear of Set.

Once an adult, Horus, developed into a fierce warrior and committed to avenging his father’s murder. Horus made a case before the court of Gods that he, not Set, was the rightful king of Egypt. In a battle which ensued, Horus avenged his father’s death and killed his uncle Set, and Horus ascended to the throne and became the ruler of Egypt where he quelled the chaos caused by Set’s rule and restored order to Egypt.

Horus, born to Isis after the death of Osiris, was known as the widow’s son.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

In late July an online membership survey was sent out to all Lafayette Lodge members on our email list. The purpose of this survey is to help the lodge gauge and understand the interests of its membership. By doing so, Lafayette Lodge hopes to be able to offer desirable programs and events to its membership. If you received the survey and already completed it, thank you for taking the time to do so! If not, please take the time to fill out the short survey.

Our Officers and members do their best within the time and resources available to make sure the lodge continues to be successful and sustain itself. The lodge, its Officers, and members draw energy from your participation, and empty seats make a poor impression on visitors and candidates alike. We need you to be engaged and in attendance, and we want to know what you want to make that happen!

From the Secretary’s Desk

Brethren,

If you have not done so, please remit your dues ASAP. The lodge operates off of a tight budget and all dues need to be collected in order for it to function properly.

If you have any questions or hardships, please contact the Secretary for assistance.

August 17, 2019 at 9:30 am | Announcements, Masonic Light


The Man Who Would Be King, the True Story – September 21, 2019


Lafayette Lodge No. 27 will be hosting The Man Who Would Be King, a presentation by RW Arjit Mahal, Grand Chaplain.

The true story behind the short story by Bro. Rudyard Kipling and movie starring Sir Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

Screening of The Man Who Would Be King following the presentation

Presentation open to family & friends
Free pizza, soda, water, & popcorn
Cash bar available

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August 16, 2019 at 11:00 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events, Masonic Light


Master’s Message & From the East – July/August 2019


Master’s Message

In the 21st Century, many aspects of our lives have become impersonal. With the prevalence of email, text messages, social media, and other invasive technologies, social interaction is frequently detached and impersonal. I, too, am guilty of relying on email and text messages instead of in-person conversations or phone calls; emails and texts are quick and easy. But emails and texts not only lack a personal touch, they also lack very important physical or verbal cues. When speaking in-person the listener can see the speaker’s non-verbal mannerisms, or over the phone hear the speaker’s emphasis or inflection. Too many times I have either misinterpreted another’s email or text message, or myself been misunderstood in a message that I had sent.

It is easy to misinterpret the intent of an email or text, which can lead to hurt feelings or anger. On one recent occasion, an email I had sent to a group leader was delayed and, as a result, my follow up messages to the larger group was misinterpreted by the group leader and very much upset him and caused him to be extremely angry with me. After calming down, he and I discussed the issue and he realized that I had in fact informed him of my position on an issue prior to communicating with the larger group, and that my email to him had been delayed and subsequently overlooked in the aftermath. During our discussion (in which we worked through our miscommunication) he said this situation reminded him to be more conscious of a piece of advice that had been given to him: “assume positive intent.”

Despite the plain content of a message, if there is the possibility that the content has a positive intent, one should always assume such positive intent unless and until it is clearly illustrated that the intent was, in fact, negative or malicious. By assuming positive intent, we enable ourselves to view a situation in the most positive light rather than assuming the worst or a malicious intent.

Although the situation above is real and unfortunate, it left me with a new and important maxim: “Assume Positive Intent” or “API.” In all things, I endeavor to assume a positive intent, and I have already found myself reciting this maxim to myself when addressing personal or professional messages of uncertain intent.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

We are now half way through 2019. As the lodges mostly go dark for the next two months, I want to draw your attention to our scheduled events. Lafayette Lodge will remain active over the summer months by initiating two new Brothers on June 19th and co-hosting the Annual Family Picnic on August 3rd with Mt. Zion Lodge and Jerusalem Lodge.

Please make attending our June 19th Entered Apprentice degree a priority as it is important to make a good impression on our new Brothers and to support them as they begin their new journey.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy summer break and look forward to seeing many of you at the Entered Apprentice degree and Annual Picnic.

July 5, 2019 at 8:08 am | Announcements, Masonic Light


Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 7, July/August 2019


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July 5, 2019 at 8:08 am | Masonic Moments


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