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The first Regular Meeting of St. John’s Lodge No. 21 since the COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in March 2020 will be held on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
Please note there will be some restrictions on this meeting. Here is an excerpt from the Regular Communication announcing this meeting:
I am also taking this opportunity to explain to you the restrictions we have adopted at this time relative to the ongoing pandemic and Covid virus. Attendance at St Johns Lodge , in keeping with the regulations set for attendance at Grand Master Official Visits, is restricted at this time to those Brethren who are fully vaccinated. This is not a punitive measure against unvaccinated Brethren, but a policy to ensure that unvaccinated Brethren do not contract the virus while attending one of our communications. It is also highly recommended that vaccinated Brethren consider wearing a mask while in the confines of the Lodge room.
It has been established in recent medical releases that the Covid variants can still be caught, carried, and transmitted by and to vaccinated people. In those cases, and depending on the effectiveness of the vaccine, a vaccinated person may have only mild and even undetected symptoms. But an unvaccinated person being exposed to the virus has a more serious result.
I will further tell you that this Covid response is being revisited by my Lodge to determine if there may be other options. At this time, however, the policy stated above is in force. The reopening of St Johns Lodge are subject to the orders of the Provincial Health Officer and any changes that may be made to the expected move to Step 4 of B.C.’s Restart Plan on September 7th, and any new and forthcoming direction from Grand Lodge in this matter.
Proof of vaccination will not be required. Brethren signing the porchbook are attesting to the fact that they have been vaccinated.
Therefore, any of you who feel that you cannot participate or attend the ceremony, please let me know. I will absolutely understand and accept your decision without question.
I thank you for consideration of this direction, and truly hope you all remain well and are able to attend.”
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Donald McLean (1870-1945) was a mine manager in Ladysmith in the early 20th century.
He enlisted, aged 45, in the Canadian army during the First World War, where he was in a tunneling unit on the Western Front. He moved to Vancouver after being discharged from the Canadian army in 1918.
Our Grand Master, M.W.B Douglas Franklin, has released a video message on YouTube:
All meetings and practices of St. John’s Lodge No. 21 are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.
We will update this information as developments unfold.
St. John’s Lodge No. 21 will be hosting the Grand Master’s Official Visit to District 27 on Saturday, 15 February 2020 at the St. John’s Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
Lodge will tyle at 2:00 p.m.
After the Grand Master’s Official Visit at St. John’s Masonic Temple, there will be a banquet at the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladysmith branch, 621 1st Avenue, in downtown Ladysmith.
Social hour will commence at the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladysmith branch at 5:00 p.m. The banquet will commence at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for the banquet at $30.00 and are available through District 27 Lodge Secretaries.
Here is a map showing the location of St. John’s Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith:
Here is a map showing the location of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladysmith Branch, 621 1st Avenue in downtown LAdysmith:
Here is a Google Street View image of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladysmith Branch, 621 1st Avenue in downtown LAdysmith:
At the Regular Meeting of t. John’s Lodge No. 21 on 9 January 2019, our Education Officer was asked about the correct angles in the Masonic Square & Compasses.
To answer that question for others who may ask in future, here is a diagram explaining the angles in the Square & Compasses:
Our Education Officer came across this woodcut print by the German artist Albrecht Durer, circa 1498, depicting St. John Devouring The Book, as described in the Book of Revelation. The print originally appeared circa 1498 in Durer’s book, The Apocalypse.
Here is a short video posted on YouTube by the Clark Art Institute:
Here are some links to more information on Albrecht Durer’s St. John Devouring The Book:
Here are links to more information on Albrecht Durer:
Thanks to Vladimir Sterjovski for putting our Education Officer on to this print.
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The Regular Meeting of St. John’s Lodge No. 21 for January 2020 will be held on Thursday, 9 January 2020, 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
Among other business we will be Balloting on 3 Petitions for Affiliation.