Our Brethren in Holywood burned the midnight oil and prepared an interesting and scripted visit to entertain and inform their many visitors on Saturday past. The Hall is currently home to some 13 Lodges including 146 Wallace, 168 Ionic, 381 County, 403 Sharman Crawford, 486 Craigantlet Friendship, 497 McCammond Crozier Memorial, 524 Serviamus, 559 East Belfast, 560 Stormont, 725 Samuel Berkley Memorial, 826 Trafalgar, 829 Endeavour and 989 Harlandic.
The Hall has many interesting items on display including illuminated addresses, old Floor cloths, and several display cases of medals, pins, badges and other euphrema.
For those familiar with the Hall, they will find a very interesting word on the other old floorcloth. I’m referring to Chorazin – which was an ancient village in northern Galilee, 2 ½ miles from Capernaum, on a hill above the northern shore of The Sea of Galilee. The village had some associations with the new Testament story. It is said to have been cursed by Christ for sin see Matthew Chapter 11 verse 21 and Luke 10 verse 13.
Chorazin has also been used as a boy’s name in Hebrew, and is said to mean – The Secret or Here is a mystery. And so indeed, could we describe the magnificent scenes illustrated on this floorcloth. Sadly
the sun was just too bright, on my visit to get a deacent photograph, this time around.