Collector’s Coin 2018

Just Announced: Lodge No. 43’s very own Fellowship Committee will be selling a collectible Masonic-themed Coin for the 2018 year! The cost is $15, all proceeds from the coin sales will go to charity and to the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life Team Freemasons for a Cure! If you are interested in purchasing this coin, please see the Fellowship Committee or inquire with the Worshipful Master.

The front of the coin states “A Brotherhood of Man, Under the Fatherhood of God” and displays the square and compass proudly.

The back of the coin features the square and compass, along with the seven liberal arts, which were greatly esteemed by our ancient brethren in Freemasonry.

The Worshipful Master’s Book Club – Part I

This quarter the Worshipful Master will be hosting a webinar about the Academy of Masonic Knowledge, and outline some of the recommended reads for all participants. The topic of discussion will be in regard to, “The Builders“, by Joseph Fort Newton.

“The Builders” is a must-read for all masons, new and old; Joseph Fort Newton lays the foundations of Freemasonry in his writing of the History, Meaning and Philosophy of the craft. This book goes beyond our humble beginnings in 1717 and takes the reader on a journey back in time to where Freemasonry all began. “The Builders” is a clear text of not only the history and origins of Masonry, but the morals and structure of what the Fraternity means to all men – To be better, following the practices that define our religious foundations, and discovering our individual divinity.

Copies of this book may be borrowed from the Lodge Library, as well as the Grand Lodge Library, and is sold at many retail outlets.

James Buchanan Wreath Dedication

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.

February 2018 Message from The East

Brethren, I would like to thank all of our members that attended our January Stated Meeting, and for showing support for your 2018 Officers.  We have had a very busy January conferring many degrees, and have an equally busy February ahead. I would like to thank, not only the Officers for their work but express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our Past Masters and our assisting Brethren for their contributions on our Extra Meeting nights.

Just a reminder, a meal is provided at no cost during our Extra Meetings. Also, these Extra Meetings and Degree nights would not be successful without the assistance of our members serving as guides and mentors. If you have an interest in serving in one or both of these roles contact an Officer.

Just a reminder, our February Meeting will be opened in the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree where we will welcome and recognize the newly Entered, Passed, and Raised Masons.  Please come out and show these gentlemen your support and welcome them into our great fraternity.  In keeping with our focus on Masonic Education, the program will be about the Oath and Obligation of the Entered Apprentice Mason.  I do hope you attend this meeting, join in the fellowship, and welcome our newest members of Lodge No. 43.

Lastly in an effort to better understand our your taste, I’d like to know your thoughts on our meal choices for our March Stated Meeting.  Please follow the link in your digital lodge notice to an online survey, you will be prompted to select one of three choices. I look forward to your reply.
Humbly, Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III

Lodge No. 43 Lecture Series Presents

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.

Mozart in Masonry 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:

“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: