Master’s Message & From the West – November 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

Charity is an inseparable aspect of our great Fraternity. Together with “faith” and “hope”, we are encouraged to make charitable contributions to those who are in need as far as our ability to give permits. Charity is such an essential piece of our teachings, that it is the first lesson we are taught upon being initiated as an Entered Apprentice. The importance of charity is also reiterated in both the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees.

Our lodge is extremely fortunate, we have a special Trust for the dedicated purpose of charity and Brotherly assistance. The August C. and Martha Schneider Trust affords our lodge the ability to contribute financially to charities in our community.

In early September, Hurricane Ida pummeled New Jersey with heavy rain and winds, and flooding in the state was unprecedented. Rahway, a low-lying city, was hit particularly hard. Many homes, roads, and buildings were damaged from flood waters and other natural forces, including several lodges throughout the state. Our lodge building was, fortunately, not severely damaged. Although, we did appear to have some slight water damage on the second floor.

Additionally, the Rahway Food For Friends Food Bank lost the majority of their stored food due to flooding. As we enter November and approach Thanksgiving, it is another opportunity to reflect on our good fortunes and assist those in needs. Working wit the elected Officers and Schneider Committee, I have asked the Schneider Committee to authorize a donation in the amount of $500.00 to be made to the Rahway Food For Friends Food Bank to assist them in restocking the food bank. This donation would be in addition to the two previous $500.00 donations the lodge made to the Food Bank in 2020.

The Schneider Charity Committee is comprised of members who are appointed by the Worshipful Master each year. I have had the privilege of serving on the Schneider Charity Committee several times, and it is one of the most fulfilling Committees to be involved with. Please contact me or our Secretary if you have an interest in serving on the Schneider Charity Committee in the future.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the West

My Brothers,

I send you greetings from the West my Brothers. With Installation only several weeks away, I thought I may dispense a little light to you on this ancient practice, though I must first mention that such an event is not entirely unique to our Fraternity.

As I mentioned above, this ceremony is of ancient origin and not exclusive to Freemasonry. Cultures and societies of the past had such practices with the succession of new kings, priest, and other ruling or governing individuals. However though, these practices were often called ‘inaugurations’, a term still in use today, because they were overseen by the augurs.

As a Masonic ceremony, the Installation was founded early on in its creation. In Anderson’s Constitutions, a stylized form of “Constituting a Lodge” was performed in 1723 by Duke Wharton, who was Grand Master at the time.

This writing contains the ceremony of installing a new Master and Wardens of a Lodge which contains the words “Shall, in due form, install them.” This is perhaps the earliest known Masonic use of the word “install”.

So when you attend Lafayette Lodge’s Installation this year and those of other lodges throughout your Masonic life, I hope you let your mind slip back into antiquity and understand you are part of something great, historic, and treasured by many.

Fraternally yours,

Michael S. Romano,
Senior Warden

November 12, 2021 at 1:49 pm | Masonic Light