“When you have a million dollar vision you don’t surround yourself with one cent minds.” Once again I am pleased to present R. Lucille Samuel, Grand Princess Captain of the Lone Star Grand Guild, Heroines of the Templars Crusade of Texas, PHA Texas, with her annual (2017) Allocution. This … [Read more...] about ARE YOU INTERESTED OR COMMITTED!
In this installment of Symbols and Symbolism, we look at the meaning behind the iconic slogan of the York Right Knight Templars - In Hoc Signo Vinces (pronounced - in hohk sig-noh wing-kase). Translated from Latin to read "By this sign thou shalt conquer," the motto, and its corresponding … [Read more...] about In Hoc Signo Vinces – Symbols and Symbolism
Some people attain the level of leadership just because they have been around a long time. Some people get to be “head honcho” because they are everybody’s friend and nobody’s enemy. Still others have risen to the top through wheeling and dealing and doing favors expecting favors in return. Such … [Read more...] about What Makes A Leader
“We’re the best in Texas, yes we are.” “They come to watch us from afar.” (or something like that) Left, left, left, right, left…to the right – MARCH…Halt, one, two...Right face…about face…forward march… to the rear march… Such was a tiny micro example of the precision marching of the Lone … [Read more...] about Don’t Mess With Texas!
2012 York Rite Grand Commandery - PHA I attended my first York Rite Grand Conclave recently. It was held in Dallas so I didn't have to travel to all ends of Texas, a big state. Grand Sessions in Prince Hall Texas are great gatherings of celebration. Business is done but the emphasis is on … [Read more...] about Will Our Organizations Sustain? ~ A Wake-Up Call
The LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. And I will call in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me. Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the LORD said to me, … [Read more...] about Faith
Back in the beginning of August, I asked all of my readers to give me a helping hand by taking my York Rite Survey. I received many responses (about twice as many as I had expected) and discovered some interesting things about the awareness level that Freemasons have about the York Rite. Below … [Read more...] about York Rite Survey Results
A couple of decades back, Ol' Leroy McKrank decided to join the York Rite. Now this was the only other body of Masonry that Ol' Leroy had ever joined, mainly because he refused to fork over the cash required to join any additional bodies. But at the time, each York Rite body's dues were only five … [Read more...] about Ol’ Leroy McKrank and the Council of the Knights of the Royal Arch
Which is the greatest? The strength of wine, the power of Kings, or the influence of women? Those of you that have been received in the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross will doubtless recognize this question. In the degree, Darius offers this question for discussion in his forum and a … [Read more...] about Wine, Kings, and Women
I was smoking a cigar with a Brother the other day and we got into a lively discussion on the Blue Lodge (aka, Craft or Particular Lodge). He wondered why I was so committed to the Blue Lodge and not the other bodies of Freemasonry. Although I joined the Shrine and High 12, my participation in these … [Read more...] about The Blue Lodge – the Bedrock of Freemasonry