Just over 100 years ago, in December of 1920, The Manchester Masonic Lodge was presented its charter and on January 21st, 1921, it held its first official meeting. On that special night, Manchester’s first Master, Worshipful George F. Cooke, rapped the gavel and began our history in Manchester by the Sea. Also in attendance was the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Arthur D. Prince, who presented to the Lodge the candle setting that you see in this video below.
On January 21st, 2021, 100 years to the day, the officers of Manchester Lodge gathered to commemorate our 100th anniversary, which also happened to be our 1,000th meeting. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, our sidelines were quiet, but this was tempered by the knowledge that we will have a grand and more appropriate celebration later in the year. Under normal circumstances, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Most Worshipful Richard Maggio, District Deputy, Right Worshipful Neal P. Packard, as well as many Brothers from the surrounding area, would have been in attendance to help us celebrate this great and important event. They too, will help us celebrate this sublime occasion later in the year.
As part of this quiet, and somewhat poignant celebration, the Worshipful Master of Manchester Lodge, Worshipful Christopher J. Thomas, re-lit the 100-year-old candle in honor of those who are no longer with us, our current brothers around the world, and our future brothers that have not yet knocked on the door of Freemasonry. The flame of these candles represents the light that guides all of us down our Fraternal path.
Congratulations Manchester Lodge on 100 years!