December 8, 2021 – Annual Community Christmas Dinner
The Manchester Masonic Lodge hosted its annual Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 8th. With over 40 guests attending, the evening was a huge success. Once again, the kitchen crew served a delicious meal including roast beef, roast turkey and all the fixings. Attendees enjoyed Christmas music as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends and family. We would like to thank those of you that attended and we wish you a healthy and happy new year!
The Manchester Masonic Lodge and The Manchester American Legion would like to extend a very sincere thank you to all who joined us at the 375th Anniversary Celebration Post Parade Cookout last Saturday, September 25th. To the residence of Manchester and Essex, members of the Shriner’s organization, friends, family, and guests – you made this a very special day. Please know that 100% of the profits from ticket sales will go directly into the Manchester Masonic Lodge Angel Fund. [Click Here for More Photos]
Hosted by the Manchester Masonic Lodge & Manchester Legion, Post 113
to BENEFIT MANCHESTER MASONIC LODGE ANGEL FUND
The Manchester Masonic Lodge and Manchester Legion, Post 113 gratefully extend an invitation to members of our community to attend the 375th Celebration Post Parade Cookout on Saturday, September 25th for fine food, music, and company. The event will begin immediately after the post parade festivities at Coach Field Playground. The cookout will be hosted at the Manchester Legion Hall, 14 Church St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and the menu will include a choice of Lobster, Steak or Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Salad, Rolls, and Beverages. Tickets are $30.00/person and are available online at BUY TICKETS HERE, and at 4 Beach, 4 Beach Street, Manchester. Proceeds from the dinner will go directly to the Manchester Masonic Angel Fund, a fund that has been benefitting children and students in our community for the past 30 years.
“As founder of America’s first fraternal organization for African Americans, Hall has the stature of a founding father. Over time the group came to be called Prince Hall Freemasons; Prince Hall Masonic lodges spread across the country in the 1800s and continue today.”
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.