| Master's Message —
Fraternal Greetings All,
As we return from our Grand Lodge Annual Communication, we renew our Masonic spirit under new elected and appointed leadership. Matawan Lodge #192 congratulates MW Gregory J Scott, Grand Master of Masons for the State of New Jersey, RW Gary J Olsen as the Junior Grand Warden, and RW James Sestito as Grand Chaplain, amongst the other incoming officers.
A few years back, I was fortunate to meet with MWGM Gregory J Scott, for his counsel regarding Lodge finances and we talked about the future time that we would both rise to lead in our respective stations. I was thankful then and I am honored now to serve under his leadership as MW Grand Master. We should all expect to see the finest of Masonic principles demonstrated from our leadership this year.
The Grand Master’s primary message this year is Unity. He is noted to begin his speaking engagements with the beginning of Psalm 133. I was able to find a “Short Talk’ writing from December 1931 titled “The Three Scripture Readings” and took this excerpt below. Let’s be sure we give every effort to support the new MW Sir. Enjoy!!
The 133rd Psalm reads as follows: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that run down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life evermore."
Unity is an essential in a Masonic lodge; unity of thought, of intention, of execution. It is but another word for harmony, which Freemasons are taught "is the strength and support of all well–regulated institutions, especially this of ours. Dew is nature's blessing where rain is little in quantity, and the dew of Hermon is proverbially heavy. Israel poured precious ointments on the heads of those the honored; that which "went down to the skirts of his garments" was evidently great in quantity, significant of the honor paid to Aaron, personification of high priesthood, representative of the solidity of his group. The whole passage is a glorification of the beauty of brotherly love, which is why it is a part of the First ‘, in which the initiate is first introduced to that principle tenet of the Fraternity.”
|Cordially & Fraternally,
|Worshipful Master, 2019
by Bro. Carl W. Mason
A Mason's hand is a hand that helps,
That lifts the fallen one,
That comes, in need, with a kindly deed
To him whose strength is gone.
A Mason's heart is a heart that loves
The best that is good and true
He stands the friend, his best to lend,
Under his banner blue.
A Mason's eye is an eye that smiles
And his a cheering voice;
He spreads the light, dispels the night
And makes the world rejoice.
Over the earth in stranger lands,
Where distant peoples dwell,
The eye, the grip, the life, the lip,
Of love unchanging tell.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility and
Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation