In Thy Light Shall We See Light

 

New Light Lodge No. 744

of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons

of Canada in the Province of Ontario

Constituted October 29, 2002

Disbanded October 27, 2018

 Think not this Lodge has ended---

 

With the closing of the volume and the opening of a door,

Think not this lodge has ended, think what has gone before.

Remember all those worthy men who as apprentice came,

And who developed love and skill and worked in friendships name.

 

When you take up the working tools to gently put aside,

Think not their work is ended, think how they were applied.

Remember well the lessons taught, to craftsmen tried and true;

Of masons worthy of the name and apron white and Blue.

 

When your tracing boards are covered and the columns laid at rest,

Think not their teaching ended, think more a message blessed.

Remember the special meaning to master masons all,

Of birth and life and learning and waiting for the call.

 

With the sounding of the gavel and as the lights at last go out,

Think not your lodge has ended, dispel all lingering doubts,

Master, Wardens, Brethren, remember as you depart,

Your lodge will live forever in every mason’s heart.

 

Author unknown

R.W. Bro. James W. Daniel, Past Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, has said: “Lodges come and go. They always have, because they are essentially groups of friends. Sometimes those friends almost isolate themselves and they do not bring in the next generation. Then the lodge will die. It is a matter of regret, but everybody dies. Even Grand Secretaries die. They are human. Lodges must not be kept alive unnaturally. One of the great things about Freemasonry is that basic units are allowed to die gracefully and new units are born as friends fall out and go on to form another lodge. It is a fantastic organization we have which allows this to happen and the organization goes on. It is like an amoeba. We get worried about retention rates. We did some research into the 1880’s, one of the high eras of Freemasonry. Then, the average age of a lodge before it dies was only 15 years.” New Light Lodge operated for 16 years.

 

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