God Bless the Absent One

God bless the absent one to-night,
Wherever he may be;
On battlefield amid the fight,
Or on the raging sea,
We know he loves his distant home.
And whatsoe’er his lot,
Right gladly would his footsteps roam
To that most hallow’d spot.

The firelight sheds a halo fair
Around his pictured face,
Or falls upon his vacant chair,
In it’s accustomed place.
We sing the songs he used to praise,
Repeat his tales of fame;
We dwell with joy on oldendays,
And bless the dear one’s name.

A mother’s eyes grow strange and dim,
A maiden’s cheek turns red,
As tenderly we speak of him,
For whom their prayers are said.
We twine and wreathe the evergreen,
Till words are simply done—
“In solitude or festive scene,
God bless the absent one.”

–Author unknown

Golden Horseshoe is now #222

GH ConsecrationPhoto: Robert Potts

Members and visitors gathered at the Ivy Lodge #155 building in Beamsville, ON on Sat. Nov. 7 for the consecration of Golden Horseshoe Council #222 conducted by M. Ven. Bro. Robert J. Turner, Sovereign Grand Master, and his officers.
After the ceremony the officers for the ensuing year were installed with Ven. Bro. Richard Allgood as the Installing Master, assisted by Past Venerable Masters from local Councils.  Membership certificates were handed out to the Founding Members. Ven. Bro. Malcolm Parish and Golden Horseshoe Council are off to a good start.

A soup-and-sandwich lunch followed the meeting.

Coming — Nov. 7 Consecration of Golden Horseshoe

Golden Horseshoe Council will become Council #222 on this date. The Sovereign Grand Master will be supported by a number of Grand Officers and brethren for this auspicious occasion.

NOTE– Due to circumstances beyond their control, Golden Horseshoe Council can no longer meet in Dunnville.
The Consecration Ceremony will take place at the
Masonic Temple
4276 Mountain St,
Beamsville, ON

It will commence at 10:30 a.m. All AMD brethren are welcome to attend.

Atlantic Council UD: First AMD Council in the Eastern Provinces.

Photography courtesy Dr Brian Roberts

Photography courtesy Dr Brian Roberts

Greetings Brethren,

What a fantastic time was enjoyed by all, on the Occasion of the Institution of the Atlantic Council UD on Saturday June 27th at St. Johns NL, our very first Council in the eastern provinces. It was an honour and privilege to start this Council assisted by 4 PSGMs, Our DGM, Grand Secretary, GSW, GJW, GJW elect and a PDDGM.

I thank all the founding members for their enthusiasm shown towards AMD, their commitment in starting this Council and being part of the history. I hope their vision today will be the beginning of the growth of the Allied Masonry across Canada.

On your behalf my Brethren, I wish all the very best and prosperous future to Atlantic Council and its members.

May God bless Allied Masonic Degrees of Canada.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Prince D. Selvaraj
SGM AMD Canada