Letter of the month: April 2005
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 19:20:17 EDT
Subject: Maine One-Day Class
I wanted you to know that Maine has not joined the trend of one-day
This Saturday, Maine is having its version, called "OneDay, the Maine
way". On Saturday, The 3rd degree will be held all around the State for
candidates who have already had their first and second degrees. They
will all receive their 3rd degree in the traditional manner as well.
The idea was to create a drive to line up candidates by setting one
day in which they would all be raised. It gave focus and direction and
created a bit of a contest but sacrificed nothing in the way of ritual
and the candidates being initiated.
In my lodge in York, St. Aspinquids, 6 candidates will be raised, 3
in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. In all, this lodge is raising 9
candidates in April. The have a very active lodge and very active
outreach and community program.
I am very happy that Maine withstood pressure from some of its
leadership. One of the reasons is that in Maine the Grand Lodge
officers are elected by a broad base of Maine Masons, who were obviously
not in favor of the more typical one-day class program. The man they
elected as the current grand master, and who endorsed the current
campaign, is Clair Tusch, who has great appreciation for the value of
our initiatic process. Thank G-d.
I wanted to inform you of the program in case you were unaware of
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