September 2015 – Freemasons New Zealand

September 2015

 

Freemasons Library and Museum Newsletter
NEW BOOKS IN THE FREEMASONS LIBRARY MAY 2015 ONWARDS

THE BOOK OF JASHER Translated into English from the Hebrew by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus
The Book of Jasher is one of the long lost and long sought for books of the Hebrew Scripture (i.e. the Old Testament) Two references to this book are contained in other books of the Old Testament. The book was rediscovered in 1721

 

FREEMASONRY AND FRATERNAL SOCIETIES by David Harrison and Fred Lomax
The authors present the individual histories of the Odd Fellows, Foresters, Druids, Buffaloes, Gardeners, and more obscure Orders such as the Rechabites; putting forward the similarities with Freemasonry, in its ritual and regalia. There has not been a book on this subject for over ten years. Several of these societies developed a fraternal aspect to their activities, using Freemasonry as their model via ritual and practice; open to men and women of all walks of life. Declaring their organisations free of politics and religion, yet declaring a strong financial support for their members at a time when the ordinary worker had little or no protection against illness or injury at work. A number of these societies developed into extremely large organisations that are still successful and remain so today, despite the decline of a considerable number in the wake of the arrival of the Welfare State in the UK. Many were small local organisations which met in pubs and clubs; others had local offices on the high street. The book shows how the larger organisations survived and prospered. This book will be of interest to both Freemasons and members of the orders featured in the book as its buy knowing our connections with each other we learn more about ourselves. The book is richly illustrated, depicting the personal stories associated with the various Orders. The photographs will also show various never-before-published regalia, jewels, and artefacts, which will demonstrate the importance of the Orders and their contribution to British social history during the industrial revolution.

CONTINENTAL FREEMASONRY – PHILOSOPHY, DEVELOPMENTS AND WORLDWIDE IMPACT by Michel Jaccard.
This book contains the Lectures given by Dr Jaccard during his touring of Australia and New Zealand as the ANZMRC Touring Lecturer.

 

 

 

IN MEMORIAM. CHAPLAIN-MAJOR WILLIAM GRANT. HIS LETTERS FROM THE FRONT by Grant, W Chaplain-Major
First published by the Gisborne Herald in1915, republished by the Gisborne Presbyterian Church 2015 Chaplain Major William Grant was a Freemason and a member of Lodge Abercorn No 76 (now Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine No. 76) in Gisborne. This book is a rare record of the correspondence of Chaplain-Major Grant of the First Echelon of the NZEF who was killed “in action” on 28 August 1915 at Anzac whilst searching for a wounded New Zealander. He wrote prolifically and the letters include those he sent to the families of men killed in action or who died on active service. This publication offers a unique insight into the demanding work of being an army chaplain.
ALTERNATIVE MASONIC ADDRESSES FOR THE CRAFT DEGREES
Would you like to make your next Lodge meeting special? Would you like to include something that even the Past Masters may not have seen before? Whether it be the beautiful and inspiring “Long Goodbye” at the closing of the Lodge or the dramatic and memorable Initiates chain or even a variation of an existing presentation; why not make your next Lodge meeting one to remember with one of our alternative workings and addresses? With over 25 traditional variations of Masonic address charges and presentations, this is the ideal title to help you keep the ritual fresh and exciting in your Lodge

INCLUDES

  • Additional and Alternative Addresses to Officers
    • Alternative Address to I. P. M.
    • Alternative Address to S. W.
    • Alternative Address to J. W.
    • Address to Chaplain
    • Addition to Address to Secretary
    • Address to D. C. and A. D. C.
    • Address to Almoner
    • Address to Organist
    • Address to Stewards
    • Alternative Address to Stewards
    • Address to Charity Steward
  • An Explanation to the First Degree Tracing Board
  • Additional Explanation to the Second Degree Tracing Board
  • An Alternative and Longer Explanation of the Third Degree Tracing Board
  • A Longer Explanation of the Second Degree Working Tools
  • Charge after Passing
  • Charge after Raising
  • Additional Explanation of an Entered Apprentice’s Apron
  • The Long Presentation of the Entered Apprentice’s Apron
  • Presentation of a Fellowcraft’s Apron
  • Presentation of a Master Mason’s Apron
  • The Long Closing in the First Degree
  • Calling Off
  • Calling On
  • Resuming
  • Presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate
  • Presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate – (alternative version)
  • The Initiate’s Chain
  • Address on Transferring
  • A Hall-Stone Jewel
  • The Opening and Closing of Grand Lodge and of Provincial and District
  • Grand Lodges
  • Minutes
  • Announcements of Rehearsal
  • Risings
  • Test Questions of the M. M. Degree
  • Salutes
  • Grand Lodge
  • Provincial Grand Lodge
  • Toasts
  • Private Lodges
  • The Tyler’s Toast
  • Ecclesiastes
  • The Lodge of Sorrow
  • An Explanation of the Third Degree Tracing Board
  • The Walking Charge
  • The White Gloves
  • Eulogium

 

UNITED MASTERS LODGE NO 167 – HISTORY FROM 1909 TO 2008 Edited By Alan B Bevins

A history of the lodge with 7 chapters:

  • History of the Lodge 1909 – 1959 by RW Bro A Burns
  • History and work over the first 25 years by Bro J P Glennie
  • History and work 1935 -1970 by Bro J P Glennie
  • Foundation and the first twenty masters by Bro RA Johnston
  • Norman Spencer Memorial library and Museum by Bro J F Y Schischka
  • Valedictory addresses 1934 and 1942 – 1908
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