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To: Wardens, Line Officers, Worshipful Brothers, Brethren and friends of Albert Pike Lodge.
                 
         Tidings from the East


A Brother said to me recently that while he enjoyed the ritual work in Lodge, he was a little tired of just seeing ritual performed over and over. That was on the same night I flubbed a major line in our closing ritual, and since then I have perseverated on messing up that line. The combination of those two things have had me contemplating over why our ritual is so important.
 
Our rituals, whether they are the opening and closing work or our degree work, have power when performed properly. All our rituals sustain unity because they completely transcend our individual beliefs. They offer us the chance to live a heroic moment fashioned out of what otherwise might just be dry history. Through ritual we create existences and experiences that would not otherwise be accessible to us. The ancient stonemasons erected great cathedrals by design, with reason, purpose and clear utility. The ritual, by its design, is meant to connect us to reason and purpose within ourselves.
 
Don’t confuse ritualism with formalism; formalism is the insistence to the strictest form of the ritual. We all attempt to practice formalism, so the beautiful words and phrases come across today just as they did when they were first penned. Listening to familiar ritual poorly performed is jarring to the mind, and detracts from the experience of the ritual. We memorize and practice ritual first to deliver the words properly without stumbling and being prompted, but when we learn the meaning behind those words, we then deliver the power of the words. Our symbolic ritual is a legacy handed to us from our ancient past to be carried into our future without change and without deletion, with strict and caring observance.
 
The root of the word “spiritual” in both its spelling and its essence is “ritual”. We can only truly access the depths of our minds, hearts, and souls when we perform certain physical acts with our bodies consistently as rituals.   Rituals add stability to community and tighten social bonds through the sharing of meaningful practices. The greatest power of ritual may be social since the performance of rituals indicates commitment to a group and to an identity, but it is also the opportunity for us to deepen our self-awareness about our own moral and spiritual values.     Returning to our rituals again and again helps us to learn to live by our ideals.
 
And so, my dear Brethren, I’m continuing to work tirelessly on delivering our ritual with the dignity it deserves.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Lee Miller

Worshipful Master - Albert Pike Lodge 117

 

 




                

                 



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