Square & Compasses

Masonry in Newfoundland

Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 09:13:18 -0230 (NDT)
From: "D.Paul H. Miller" 
To: dryfoo@MIT.EDU
Subject: Masonry in Newfoundland, CANADA
The Dominion of Newfoundland only became a Canadian province in 1949. Before that it was a self-governing British Dominion with the same constitutional status as Canada or Australia.

Masonic lodges here were warranted from the Mother Country, and as a result we now have some 26 or 27 lodges under the UGLE, with their District Grand Lodge and District grand master, and 17 under the GL of Scotland, with OUR own DGL and DGM. The warmest fraternal feelings exist between the two Constitutions. Delegations from both attend all Installations, we co-operate in a Masonic charities foundation and an Educational fund, and many brethren belong to lodgese in BOTH constitutions.

As the GLS is peculiar, and as far as I can acertain, often unique in some of its customs, this makes it interesting when members of one constitution try to master the traditions of the other. For example, ALL "Scottish" Brethren, from the Grand Master Mason down, are addressed merely as "Brother" -- titles are attached to offices. The master of a Lodge is a RIGHT Worshipful Master and his wardens are WORSHIPFUL Senior and Junior Warden.

A Scottish lodge picks the colour with which its aprons are to be edged when it is chartered. My Mother Lodge wears aprons edged in royal blue and gold lace. Wine is another popular colour and at least three lodges are edged in tartan. We wear our aprons INSIDE our coats (which are then left unbuttoned) and ALWAYS stand on fidelity when on our feet in Lodge.

Lodges under the UGLE wear aprons edged in light blue and follow customs more similiar, I would think, to those you are familiar with. It certainly makes for colourful and interesting lodge meetings when (as is usually the case in this area) brethren of both constitutions are present.

Recently there are committees struck to look into the formation of a Grand lodge of Newfoundland, so some of the above may (or may not) change over the next few years.

Bro. Paul Miller
WJW Lodge Conception No. 1679 SC

D. P. H. Miller                  "Duty is the one great law of Freemasonry-
Conception Bay South              as inflexible as fate, as exacting as
Newfoundland                      necessity, as imperitive as destiny!"

More news: The Consecration of a new Grand Lodge: Newfoundland and Labrador on November 1st, 1997.

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