After more than a century of being largely ignored in print, Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U.S. can finally rejoice. After well over a year of a twisting path to publication, it has officially been announced that The Masonic Pageant: The Scottish Rite Degrees of the Supreme Council, NMJ by Illus. Frank Conway, 33° is finally being released in late summer 2017.
Frank Lloyd Wright famously wrote, “Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.” Freemasons of the 20th century certainly agreed with that sentiment. It could be argued that we kicked it off with a bang in the late 1890s with the Chicago Masonic Temple, which was the tallest building in the world for the moment. We kept at it up into the 1960s, which was maybe the sputtering end of the era when we still Thought Big, dreamed great dreams, and put our money where our dreams were.
Thursday’s edition of Time Out Los Angeles featured a story about another treasure of our fraternity lost to us, but saved and preserved by the outside world: the former Scottish Rite Cathedral of the Los Angeles Valley.
The Cathedral originally opened in 1961, and was designed by famed mid-century LA architect Millard Sheets. It eventually became home to more than 11,000 Scottish Rite Masons by 1974. Almost ironically, it closed for all intents and purposes in 1994 – perhaps appropriately just 33 years after it opened. It was a victim of plunging membership, finances, Baby Boomer demographics, the changing American culture, NIMBY neighbors, and zoning regulations.
Via Freemasonry for Dummies
The dossier of this issue is dedicated to the pomp of imperial masonry: (…) Weakened during the long revolutionary period, with the closure of workshops and the setting aside of others, she [Freemasonry] new a spectacular explosion during the Empire. This transition from shadow to light was made in record time: in the space of eight years, from 1804 to 1812, 800 lodges were created, distributed in the great French Empire, which then extended from Italy to the present-day Netherlands, passing by the banks of the Adriatic. (…) says Jean-Marc Vésinet in his editorial titled “A Golden Age? “.
Il aura suffi que le nouveau Président de la République Emmanuel Macron prononce le soir de son élection son discours devant la pyramide du Louvre en écartant les bras pour que les sites anti-maçonniques s’enflamment, sites largement relayés par certains maçons eux-mêmes … Il aura…
Every once in awhile, I see Freemasonry heading in the right direction with a perfect clarity of purpose. Saturday, May 6th was one of those days. The Illinois Lodge of Research, which has for the most part been dormant for a very long time, is coming back out into the education realm again under the leadership of their new Master (and my friend) Jim Tome. Jim has been at the forefront of a few efforts to make Masonic education a priority for our members. He’s also the current MEGHP of Illinois, and has been instrumental in helping us establish our research and education based Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter–along with several state-wide efforts including improvements to the Royal Arch publications…..
Todd E. Creason