Bridging the distance within the District; the Portland & Brac Lodges Connect
“Behold, how good and
(Psalm 133 vs. 1)
The aforementioned, is the passage of scripture to which, in most lodges, the VSL is opened for the ceremony of Initiation, and the sentiment expressed was true to form when W Bro Robert S Whorms, WM, and 12 other brethren of the Brac Lodge No 9470, made their second visit to the Portland Lodge on May 4-6, 2018.
This year’s visit by the Brac Lodge, by all accounts, was a very enjoyable, rewarding, and historic one. Not only was it geared towards Masonic education
The Brac Lodge No 9470 is the only lodge of the District Grand Lodge ofJamaica and the Cayman Islands that uses the Taylor workings. In comparison with the Emulation Ritual, there is not much disparity, particularly in the first degree. Besides being a gloved Lodge, the JW’s Column always being kept lowered, the Square and Compasses arranged on the VSL to face the Candidate rather than the Master, and that the Tracing Board is attended to by the SD, assisted by the JD rather than by theJD alone, are all very subtle differences. The remainder of the workings of the Ceremony of Initiation follows that of the Emulation Workings. However, the seemingly military precision with which the Lodge was squared and perambulated was very remarkable.
The brethren of Portland Lodge looks forward to making their return visit to the Brac Lodge later this year, where it is hoped that another degree ceremony will be performed, rather than demonstrated that time around. This is in no way the prime reason for the visit, but to ‘dwell together’ with our friends and brethren of the Braclodge in unity and happy fraternal fellowship, thereby bridging the distance and exemplifying the true meaning of Freemasonry.