Harmony Lodge, # 22, A.F.M.

Depot Road

P. O. Box 22 Beaufort, S.C. 29901

(843)524-6697


W/M John Howell Youmans III        Robert V. Pinkston, Secretary Emeritus      Kevin U. Ennis, P/M,

        P.O. Box 1152                             Regular Communication: second Thursday                 Secretary

       Beaufort, SC 29901                                                                                                    P.O. Box 22

843-525-28                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Beaufort, SC 29901

Res. 524-4803                                                                                                         843-525-1142



Meeting 7:30 PM
O.E.S. 1st Tuesday, 8:00 PM




Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter for month of March 2008

Brethren,

            As many of you may be aware by now, I was involved in a motorcycle accident on February 19, 2008.  I am doing OK – just can’t do much.  I have fractures to my left shoulder, left leg and right hand.  As you can tell by this, I am very limited in what I can do.  I want to THANK each of you for the calls and visits, as well as those of you who helped with getting me in and out of the dining hall – I really enjoyed seeing everyone.

            I would also like to thank those of you who helped in putting on the EA degree last month.  With this, we now have three new Entered Apprentices.  This is a wonderful start this year to increase our membership.  We also have a few other candidates who will be receiving their EA Degree in the upcoming months.

            The auction will be held on April 19, 2008.  We will need a lot of help in getting things set up and ready to be auctioned.  I would like to get help on Thursday and Friday, so that everything goes smoothly on Saturday.  Please let me or any of the Lodge Officers know if you can help.

            I am slow mend – but am looking forward to seeing each of you soon.

Fraternally,

John Howell Youmans III

Worshipful Master

           

Dear Brethren,

            Masonic history is varied and rich in stories that most everyday people would find interesting and always enlightening.  For example, did you know the George Washington, the first President of the United States, helped survey the land used as the home of our White House but never lived in it?  He died one year before it was completed.  His plantation was so large, he was able to afford and have ice cream as a dessert for his many social functions.  This was at a time when neither electricity nor refrigeration existed.

            In 1798, his plantation produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey, making him the largest single producer of whiskey in the United States.

            There are many more stories and adventures awaiting you in your local public libraries and bookstores.  Check out some books today.  Masonry is one of those interesting subjects that reward the investigator in direct proportion to his efforts.

            Out Worshipful Master, J. Howell Youmans, has suffered a motorcycle accident and is recuperating at home.  Please join us in prayer for his speedy and complete recovery, along with all those among us who are ill and in need of charity.  Each prayer helps.

 

 Charlie Spears, Junior Warden




“Curious Masonic Words”

The Short Talk Bulletin

The Masonic Service Association of the United States

VOL. 31 August 1953 NO.8

            COWAN.  Few wholly Masonic words have been so much talked about and so little understood by the average Mason as “COWAN”.  Every one understands that it is a term of contempt; that is denotes some one wholly without the Masonic circle; but just what its real meaning may be, where the work came from. How it came into our system, is disputed to this day by Masonic scholars.  It is generally – not wholly – agreed that is has a Scottish ancestry.    Certain old Scottish books lend color to the theory.  According to these tomes a COWAN is a man who builds walls without mortar – a any farm hand in America may do, piling into a wall the stones from nearby streams or turned up in plowing.  From this the term came to be used as meaning an uninstructed Mason, a self-taught builder, one not of the trade.  Apparently, its earliest appearances is in the schwa Manuscript, dated 1598.  It appears in the second of 1738 edition of Anderson’s constitutions.  Scott puts the words into the mouth of one of his characters.  Whence came the word?  A Greek work KUON means dog, and in early church days infidels were called dogs, probably because of such passages a Matthew 7:6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs.”  Old Swedish KUJON means a silly fellow.  The French COYOU means a coward, a base person.  Mackey had a different theory, that COWAN was wither a derivation of, or the ancestry of the English word “common”.  Old English spelled the word both coen and common.  IF this is correct, COWAN, meaning common, is still a term meaning the lesser, vide “common people,” also the English “House of Commons” as distinguished from the House of Lords.  However derived, the word is now wholly the property of the Fraternity, not other wised used, and means to moderns an uninstructed and ignorant person, one not of the Fraternity, just as eavesdropper means to us one who attempt to gain the secret of Masonry unlawfully.

 

 

WHY IS MASONIC RITUAL REGARDED IS SO IMPORTANT?

            Truth may be taught without ritual, but truth taught by ritual is always taught as the ordinal teachers desired and makes a lasting impression upon the mind of the learner.

            Man has always devised ceremonies of initiation for his organizations; the Men’s house of  the Indians has them; savage tribes bring their young men officially to manhood by rites which are sometimes rather terrible; ancient religions admitted to the temple only those who could quality by successfully completing a course of initiation; many modern churches – especially those denominated “high” – have set forms for religious worship; crafts and guilds of all kinds in all ages have had certain preparatory rites.

            A ritual which becomes sacrosanct in human belief tends to stabilize truth and to keep it uncontaminated by “modern” ideas.  Many a man has thought he could “improve” the ritual of Freemasonry.   None has succeeded in making that which was already “best,” since its consent was and is living, breathing, sentient truth, conveyed in words, actions and symbols which b their very antiquity prove that they are “best” for the purpose.

            Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, beloved teacher of the spiritual aspect of Freemasonry, said:  "Ritual is the dramatization of belief, hope and spiritual dream.  It assists imagination by giving form to what otherwise would remain formless, presenting vivid mental images which lend a reality-feeling to what is often abstract and unreal.  It is picture philosophy, truth visualized, at once expressing and confirming he faiths and visions of the mind.”

(Source: MSA Digest – 101 questions About Freemasonry)

 

 





 



South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.

Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.

Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.

Masonic information, "What's A Mason?"


Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2008

January 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.


Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2007

December 2007 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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February 2004 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

April 2004 News Letter for Harmony Lodge.

August 2004 New Letter for Harmony Lodge.

Trestleboard and Lodge News Letters 2003

November 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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