Brother James Buchanan was a member of Lodge No. 43, served as Worshipful Master and then was named the first-ever District Deputy Grand Master in Pennsylvania. All of this in addition to being the only Pennsylvanian to ever serve as President of the United States.
A celebration will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, beginning at 10 am at Woodward Hill Cemetery (508 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA). This program is conducted annually by the Board of Trustees to honor their most famous internee and raise funds for the maintenance of the facility.
We are very excited to announce our upcoming Lecture Series, Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 12:30 to 5 pm.
Our presenters and topics will be:
Christopher D. Rodkey, Ph. D:
“Joseph Fort Newton: Minister, Mason, and author of ‘The Builders'”
Jason M. Richards:
“Operative to Speculative, the Evolution of Early Scottish Freemasonry”
Jon T. Ruark:
“The Revelation: A Critical Analysis of Masonic Demographics”
Sign-up link for our upcoming Lecture Series
This event is OPEN to all, however registration is required.
Many of great men that have left their mark on the world were Masons. One such man, was the Austrian composer, Mozart. On this day (January 27, 1756) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
Mozart, rather than joining a “mainstream” leading lodge at the time [Zur Wohltatigkeit Lodge], Mozart joined a smaller lodge of his friend Franz Joseph Haydn [Zur Wahren Eintracht Lodge]. Source: “The Freemasons”, by Jasper Ridley. Although, this information seems to vary between internet sources. Where we find:
“Mozart’s lodges. Mozart was admitted as an apprentice to the Viennese Masonic lodge called “Zur Wohltätigkeit” (“Beneficence”) on 14 December 1784. He was promoted to journeyman Mason on 7 January 1785, and became a master Mason “shortly thereafter”.” Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart_and_Freemasonry
“The Freemason”, by Jasper Ridley is in the recommended reading list for all Pennsylvania Acadmey of Masonic Knowledge participants.
The follow excerpt is from a paper written by L. Bray III for the Academy of Masonic Knowldge: “Ridley writes that Mozart would write and compose masonic pieces, designed to propagate Masonry and also to honor Masons of nobility that had passed away. Interesting enough, Mozart has passed away at the age of 35, shortly after composing “The Magic Flute”. Anti-masonic parties at the time said that he was murdered for revealing the secrets of Freemasonry, but those claims were quickly silenced as nothing was revealed in the composition and “The Magic Flute” became old news.”
For more information on Mozart follow the link below. Mozart image and On this day provided by: http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=01&new_day=27&new_year=2018
Every year the incoming Master strikes a pin to commemorate their year. This year WM L. Kenneth Bray III has had a pin struck resembling the bust of President James Buchanan, Past Master of Lodge No. 43 within a wreath of acacia branches.
Brother James Buchanan served as Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43 in 1822-1823. His portrait proudly hangs on the wall outside of the Lodge room for all to see. Now, the members can carry Brother James Buchanan with them to all Masonic functions!
My brothers, it is with great honor to serve as Worshipful Master for Lodge No. 43 for the upcoming Masonic year. 2018 marks the 233rd Anniversary of our lodge, just an incredible testimony of the great leadership of this organization.
I would like to thank all of the Past Masters, for having served as stewards for this lodge and for carrying on the traditions of this wonderful fraternity. I would also like to thank each and everyone of our members for making Lodge No. 43 such a great success. It’s through everyone’s efforts and talents that have brought us to where we are today, and I am forever grateful.
I hope to carry on the tradition of excellence in our lodge this year, and will be focusing my attention on enlightenment and providing a foundation for those looking to learn more about the craft. We have an exciting year ahead and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible. I am certain this year will be a great success and appreciate everyone’s involvement and encouragement.
I’m a firm believer in the old saying, “you get out of it, what you out into it”, and hope the fruits of our labor will yield amazing results. We have some exciting programs in store for the year ahead and I look forward to sharing all this with you at upcoming Stated Meeting.
Your Humble Servant,
Bro. L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master