First, I take pleasure in wishing a “Happy Holidays” to all my Brethren and their loved ones.
The word “holiday” comes from an Old English word, which translated as “Holy and Day” and referred to special religious days. To me, this eludes to the beautiful reasons for the season. IE: Advent, Twelve-tide or Christmastide, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Epiphany.
Unfortunately, our lodge was unable to break bread among the brethren for the “Feast of Saint John the Evangelist,” traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of Advent. However, have heart my brothers. I assure you, as Junior Warden, that we will come together for this particular feast next December 15th or 22nd, 2018.
Has anyone seen Roy??? - For the 48 attendees who came to the December Stated Dinner, you may have noticed the absence of “Uncle Roy”. Unfortunately, the previous day, that old cowboy was in the back of a moving truck looking to pitch alfalfa to livestock and instead found himself lying on his back looking up at the confused brown eyes of his intended diners. He then discovered that he had been rewarded with a broken collarbone for his efforts. Let’s keep him close to our hearts and pray for his continuing recovery.
Last but not least! What’s for Dinner for the January Stated?
Roy was brave enough to ask what I would suggest for our meal. My suggestion was for simple flavors to ease our bodies from all the rich foods of December. Salad, Breaded Chicken with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, and Green Beans. For desert, Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream.
As always, please remember that a good meal sits even better when you give it time to rest, so stay for the Stated Meeting, and support your elected officers in exemplifying ritual and conducting the business of our lodge.