European Masonic Open Day in Holywood.

Ever Open Door at McCammond Memorial Hall.

Ever Open Door at McCammond Memorial Hall.

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.

Some of the Volunteers that were present.

Some of the Volunteers that were present.

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.

Illuminated Address Presented to the Late Rt Wor Bro Sharman Crawford.. P.P.G.M.

Illuminated Address Presented to the Late Rt Wor Bro Sharman Crawford.. P.P.G.M.

One of Two Old Floor-Cloths on display.

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.

The Sun arising over The Master's Chair.

The Sun arising over The Master’s Chair.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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