It is customary in contemporary English to end prayers with a hearty “Amen,” a word meaning ‘So be it’. It is a Latin word derived from the Hebrew word meaning ‘certainly’. Thus a congregation saying “Amen” is literally saying “So be it”. The word mote is an archaic verb that means ‘may’ or ‘might’, and traces back to Old English. The phrase “So mote it be” means ‘So may it be’, which is the same as ‘So be it’. So why do Masons end their prayer this way? The answer goes back to the Regius Poem of about 1390 AD, the oldest known Masonic document (now housed in the British Museum, London). It is one of the Old Charges or Gothic Constitution used by early Freemasons to regulate their trade. It has a legendary history, regulations to guide the Mason trade and rules of manners and moral conduct. The poem ends famously with this couplet: Amen! Amen! So mote it be! So say we all for charity. Thus Freemasons today end their prayers the same way they did in 1390. The next time you’re in lodge and say “So mote it be” after the chaplain finishes a prayer, remember that you are continuing a 600 year old Masonic Tradition.
Lewisville Lodge No. 201 held it’s annual Chili Cookoff this past weekend on Saturday January 19th. There was a good turnout for this event with many members from the lodge, members of our Eastern Star, and several visitors in attendance. Ten different chilies entered for judging. There were chilies with beans, without beans, and with all different kinds of meat. Some had a little heat, while others had enough heat to make even the bravest Texan wipe a tear from his eyes. There was even one chili with chocolate as the secret ingredient. Everyone who attended the event and had a chance to sample these fine chilies were the real winners, but of course, we must honor those cooks who delivered the very finest Chilies that Lewisville Lodge had to offer.
Below is a picture of this year’s winners: Russina Lee 1st Place, Cameron Hickman 2nd Place, Norah Logsdon 3rd place.
Masonry is rich in history and our lodge is no exception. Attached are two documents that we recently added to our online repository of historical lodge documents. It is a great example of how the brothers of Lewisville Lodge No. 201 helped aid a community that was in need nearly 100 year ago.
Click Here to see the Corpus Christi lodge website which makes mention of the hurricane in 1919.
This is a great fraternity and a great lodge! We have members that range in age from 18 to….. more experienced. Our older brethren know that this great lodge and fraternity is preserved by the generous donations of it’s members and the various fund raisers we hold throughout the year, in addition to the annual dues of it’s members. Many of our older brothers like to send donations to the lodge by check and these donations are graciously accepted and always will be.
This year we have added something new for those young whipper snappers that have never used a checkbook and want a fast and easy way to donate to the lodge using a debit/credit card or their Paypal account. You will notice the new “Donate” button in the sidebar at the right of the webpage and another at the bottom of this message.
We have setup a Paypal account for lodge donations on a trial basis. If you would like to see a Paypal payment option for more lodge services and events please show your support for this this type of payment option and, help your lodge in the process by making a donation of any amount. Your donations are genuinely appreciated and will help us trial the new Paypal account.
What: Lewisville Masonic Lodge Annual Fish Fry
When: Saturday May 5th 2012 (4:30pm -7:00pm)
Where: Lewisville Masonic Lodge
How Much: $10.00 Adults, $5 Children
Please come join us for a great meal and fellowship.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, but if you know you will be attending and are unable to obtain a ticket in advance, please email LewisvilleLodge @gmail.com so we can anticipate how much fish we will need. We know you love our fish and we want everyone to have ALL YOU CAN EAT!