Author: GLNB

Builders and Building

Introduction:I apologize for presenting this paper to a learned Society. It is not a learned discussion. It was originally written for delivery to a mixed group of masons and non masons, and has since been used on a number of occasions as a light hearted look at the origins of the operative craft, with a…

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Law and Order

I presume that any member of the Lodge, or any similar Lodge, should have at any rate in his own mind, a reason for his choice of a subject when submitting a paper to his fellow members. If he can convince his hearers that his reason is sound, he will surely have justified his choice,…

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Canadian Masons

Royal Arch Mason – Spring 1975 Freemasons in both Canada and the United States are proud of the fact that six of the 14 Prime Ministers of Canada have been members of the Fraternity. The Canadian government has issued stamps honoring its Prime Ministers. The sixth was John G. Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister (1957-62), for…

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Some random thoughts on LABOUR TO REFRESHMENT

Visiting various lodges can spark interest in what may otherwise be a quiet night. The calling of a lodge from labour to refreshment or as it may be called in some jurisdictions, “calling off the lodge” At some meetings the Junior Warden stating “By order of the Worshipful Master, the craft is called from labour…

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A Masonic Band

The Masonic Band was formed next and the leader was Martin White. Although this band played mostly for funerals and church parades, it made its place in history when it went to Saint John on Aug. 3, 1860 to be in the welcoming procession for the Prince of Wales. The future King was so impressed…

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The scarcity of History

HEREWITH A PLEA FROM THE GRAND HISTORIAN All things are subject to change, even the weather. History, we are told, repeats itself. History is also lost to future generations as empires rise and fall. With some, the records may be accessed; others, we rely on ledgend and myth. Records may become lost due to fire,…

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This month in Masonic History

On the 16th of August 1867, in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick five lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of England were represented: Albion Lodge No. 400; Saint John Lodge No. 436; Carleton Union Lodge No.524; The Union Lodge of Portland No. 535; and New Brunswick Lodge No. 1084. In addition, there were…

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WOMEN IN THE MASONIC WORLD

As Grand Historian, there are all sorts of interesting items crop up. Recently when reviewing some files I came across a newspaper clipping from the Sussex Record of 03 April 1947. There have frequently been articles about women hiding and finding out the rituals and ceremonies of the Masonic Order. Possibly one of the most…

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Moncton Times Article

Fraternity now boasts 3,500 N.B. members More than 200 years ago, there were no automobiles, said W. G. Macx MacNichol of Dorchester, secretary and past master of the Sussex Lodge No. 4 and public relations officer for the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick. In those days, masons in the province had to go by foot…

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N.B. Masons celebrate 225 years

Celebration on Saturday to involve 100 masons from around N.B. and N.S. One of the oldest fraternities in the world, the Masonic Order of Free and Accepted Masons, will celebrate its 225th year in New Brunswick this weekend with a celebration on Saturday afternoon at St. Ed’s Hall in Dorchester. About 100 masons from across…

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