© 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
Court of St. Germans No. 97
Meeting at Masonic Hall, The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AF Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 1st. Thursday in May, 2nd. Thursday in August and 2nd. Friday in December (Installation) CONTACT SECRETARY : W.Bro.Eric W. Jayne, e-mail: jayne382@btinternet.com Address: The Anchorage, Whitecross, Wadebridge. PL27 7JB Phone: 01208 815073
ORATION : Court of St. Germans` No 97, 18th January 2014 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex
Most Worshipful Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren. When appointed to the office of say, a Provincial Chaplain, a Provincial Prelate or even a Provincial Eminent Prior, you might find yourself called upon once during your period in office to prepare and deliver an Oration. Not so in the Masonic Order of Athelstan, particularly in the Province of Wessex where growth is so rapid that in my short tenure as Provincial Eminent Grand Prior, I have been called upon on no less than four occasions to prepare such an address. An Oration requires some research. My research has involved the work of several reputable authors and whilst I have written this Oration, I do not claim all of it as my own work, for I have used a number of sources. Some may call it Plagiarism, but I call it research and no doubt you will draw your own conclusions. Brethren, this is a happy occasion. Once again, we are gathered together in Cornwall, in peace and harmony and privileged to be present at, and to participate in, the consecration of a new Court, the Eighth in the Province of Wessex, St Germans Court Number 97 on the register of the Grand Court of Athelstan in England, Wales and its Provinces Overseas. The eighth Court in the Province of Wessex, the second Court in the County of Cornwall and, if my researches prove correct, the ighth Masonic Order to be meeting in this building. It is therefore an auspicious day in the Province of Wessex. It is also a very special day for those Brethren who are founders of this new Court. In these days when so many of the older ideas are being cast aside and when so many of the older values are being discarded, it is good to know that there are still those who consider that our honourable Order is worthy of support. With the exception of Malmesbury Court, I have attend, and, even been part of, the consecration of the other seven Courts in the Province. I therefore make no apology for some of the thoughts expressed in this oration or the use of the words that have been spoken by myself and my predecessor on a previous occasion. Some of the words that have been used before are worth repeating. On the 2nd April 2011 I was present at the consecration of Bricgstowe Court No. 75 in Bristol. I described that Court as the 75th brick in the building of this Order and that it would not be long before we would see the laying of the 100th brick. Here we are, less than three years later laying the 97th brick, consecrating the 97th Court. When I was informed that a new Court of Athelstan was to be consecrated in Liskeard, I thought to myself Liskeard ?. Why Liskeard ?. My first reaction when presented with a new problem is to consult Wikipedia or Google. It proved very interesting. Brethren, in choosing Liskeard as your base and the name St. Germans, you have chosen well. History, Anglo-Saxon history, exudes from the very ground you walk on. Although there is no evidence that Athelstan ever visited Cornwall, it would be nice to let our minds wander and imagine that King Athelstan himself may well have walked the lanes and crossed the fields surrounding this pretty, and very ancient town. Liskeard has a long history.....There are indications of human activity in this area from the Stone Age, some 6500 years ago. Moving on, it is recorded in the Doomsday Book as Lisscaret. At that time it was a typical village and boasted a market, a mill and 250 sheep. Granted a Charter in 1240, it moved on from being a village to a small market town but the population still remained in the lower hundreds. Today it is a flourishing market town and tourist destination with many fine buildings including this Masonic Hall. You have chosen St. Germans as the name for this Court. Taking the name from St Germanus, the fighting Bishop who is supposed to have landed in the neighbourhood when he came to England to suppress the Pelagian heresy in A.D. 429. I say supposed, although the suggestion may be supported as there seems to be a creditable tradition that the church of St. Germans was founded by Germanus himself. Born in Auxerre in AD 380 into a wealthy family, he was well educated and practised law in Rome with great success. Appointed as a Duke by Emperor Honorius with responsibility for the governance of Gaul, he lived a worldly lifestyle until he was informed that he would one day become the Bishop of Auxerre after which, he changed his lifestyle, completely devoting himself to prayer, study and charity. On his appointment as Bishop in July 418, Germanus became another man. He lived with his wife as if she was his sister. He gave all his worldly goods to the Church and lived as a pauper dressing in simple monastic clothes. But his previously learned administrative skills served him well as a Bishop. Germanus visited Britain twice, in A.D. 429 and again in 446. On both occasions to suppress the supporters of Plagiarism. His visits proved successful. Freemasonry in Cornwall has a long history. The first Lodge, Lodge of Love & Honour No. 75 was founded in 1751, meeting in Falmouth. However, it was over 50 years before a Royal Arch Chapter was linked to that Lodge. Since that date, Cornish Masonry has gone from strength to strength with over 80 Lodges in the Province. Royal Arch Chapters, Mark and the other newer degrees are thriving. The Masonic Order of Athelstan is young by comparison. Yet, like Freemasonry some 250 years ago, the Order is thriving and, as with the Craft, moving from strength to strength, growing month by month and year by year. This Court, the Court of St Germans is the second Court of Athelstan to be founded in Cornwall. But, it must be remembered that the Court of St. Germans does not form part of the Province of Cornwall. It is a part of the Province of Wessex. The original Wessex goes back to the days of Athelstan although the Province of Wessex that we now know was founded in 2008 when Malmesbury Court was consecrated. We should remember, and I quote from the Grand Master's address at the Grand Court meeting in Leicester last year - The Masonic Order of Athelstan is not the Craft, it is not the Chapter, it is Athelstan and it is unique. As founders, you have been instructed into this wonderful Order. You have taken an obligation and listened to the history on which this Order is based. Fact not myth. Brethren, I exhort you to follow the guidance given during the course of your instruction earlier today. Remember your obligation, wherein you swore, that you would uphold the honour and dignity of the Order, and the high character and usefulness of this Court, in both your civil and private callings. It is our duty as Masons to continue these practises. As Court Masons, we should be looking for like minded persons to join us in this Order. Look for those who hold the same ideals as ourselves. A lot of good will come out of a simple conversation. By uniting and spreading the ideals that we hold, we may contribute to making the world a better place, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Remember that membership of this highly respected Order is by invitation only. Today, you have been given the tools to work with. That Holy Book contains the greatest set of plans ever given to man. In it you will find a plan to guide you, a plan to sustain you in fair weather and foul. The answer to every question you will ever be asked can be found in that Holy Book. As Court Master Masons, we are inspired by our leaders. They lead from the front. They are here today to watch with interest as you are formed into a new Court. They will follow your progress as you grow and will attend your future meetings when time permits. Under the watchful eye of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Johnston, who has travelled many miles to be with us today, the Right Worshipful Brother Malcolm Burns, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Wessex will guide you and encourage you to make a further daily advance in your Masonic knowledge. Under his guiding hand this court will grow stronger as the years roll by. Let the prayers that we offer today be the prayers of us all as we consecrate this new Court which will go forward from strength to strength, ready to promulgate those great truths and principals for which our Order is justly renowned. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things direct all your endeavours and may you prosper under his guidance from this day, and until time shall be no more. 18.01.2014 - Liskeard.
© 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
Court of St. Germans No. 97
Meeting at Masonic Hall, The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AF Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 1st. Thursday in May, 2nd. Thursday in August and 2nd. Friday in December (Installation) CONTACT SECRETARY : W.Bro.Eric W. Jayne, e-mail: jayne382@btinternet.com Address: The Anchorage, Whitecross, Wadebridge. PL27 7JB Phone: 01208 815073
ORATION : Court of St. Germans` No 97, 18th January 2014 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex
M ost Worshipful Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren. When appointed to the office of say, a Provincial Chaplain, a Provincial Prelate or even a Provincial Eminent Prior, you might find yourself called upon once during your period in office to prepare and deliver an Oration. Not so in the Masonic Order of Athelstan, particularly in the Province of Wessex where growth is so rapid that in my short tenure as Provincial Eminent Grand Prior, I have been called upon on no less than four occasions to prepare such an address. An Oration requires some research. My research has involved the work of several reputable authors and whilst I have written this Oration, I do not claim all of it as my own work, for I have used a number of sources. Some may call it Plagiarism, but I call it research and no doubt you will draw your own conclusions. Brethren, this is a happy occasion. Once again, we are gathered together in Cornwall, in peace and harmony and privileged to be present at, and to participate in, the consecration of a new Court, the Eighth in the Province of Wessex, St Germans Court Number 97 on the register of the Grand Court of Athelstan in England, Wales and its Provinces Overseas. The eighth Court in the Province of Wessex, the second Court in the County of Cornwall and, if my researches prove correct, the ighth Masonic Order to be meeting in this building. It is therefore an auspicious day in the Province of Wessex. It is also a very special day for those Brethren who are founders of this new Court. In these days when so many of the older ideas are being cast aside and when so many of the older values are being discarded, it is good to know that there are still those who consider that our honourable Order is worthy of support. With the exception of Malmesbury Court, I have attend, and, even been part of, the consecration of the other seven Courts in the Province. I therefore make no apology for some of the thoughts expressed in this oration or the use of the words that have been spoken by myself and my predecessor on a previous occasion. Some of the words that have been used before are worth repeating. On the 2nd April 2011 I was present at the consecration of Bricgstowe Court No. 75 in Bristol. I described that Court as the 75th brick in the building of this Order and that it would not be long before we would see the laying of the 100th brick. Here we are, less than three years later laying the 97th brick, consecrating the 97th Court. When I was informed that a new Court of Athelstan was to be consecrated in Liskeard, I thought to myself Liskeard ?. Why Liskeard ?. My first reaction when presented with a new problem is to consult Wikipedia or Google. It proved very interesting. Brethren, in choosing Liskeard as your base and the name St. Germans, you have chosen well. History, Anglo-Saxon history, exudes from the very ground you walk on. Although there is no evidence that Athelstan ever visited Cornwall, it would be nice to let our minds wander and imagine that King Athelstan himself may well have walked the lanes and crossed the fields surrounding this pretty, and very ancient town. Liskeard has a long history.....There are indications of human activity in this area from the Stone Age, some 6500 years ago. Moving on, it is recorded in the Doomsday Book as Lisscaret. At that time it was a typical village and boasted a market, a mill and 250 sheep. Granted a Charter in 1240, it moved on from being a village to a small market town but the population still remained in the lower hundreds. Today it is a flourishing market town and tourist destination with many fine buildings including this Masonic Hall. You have chosen St. Germans as the name for this Court. Taking the name from St Germanus, the fighting Bishop who is supposed to have landed in the neighbourhood when he came to England to suppress the Pelagian heresy in A.D. 429. I say supposed, although the suggestion may be supported as there seems to be a creditable tradition that the church of St. Germans was founded by Germanus himself. Born in Auxerre in AD 380 into a wealthy family, he was well educated and practised law in Rome with great success. Appointed as a Duke by Emperor Honorius with responsibility for the governance of Gaul, he lived a worldly lifestyle until he was informed that he would one day become the Bishop of Auxerre after which, he changed his lifestyle, completely devoting himself to prayer, study and charity. On his appointment as Bishop in July 418, Germanus became another man. He lived with his wife as if she was his sister. He gave all his worldly goods to the Church and lived as a pauper dressing in simple monastic clothes. But his previously learned administrative skills served him well as a Bishop. Germanus visited Britain twice, in A.D. 429 and again in 446. On both occasions to suppress the supporters of Plagiarism. His visits proved successful. Freemasonry in Cornwall has a long history. The first Lodge, Lodge of Love & Honour No. 75 was founded in 1751, meeting in Falmouth. However, it was over 50 years before a Royal Arch Chapter was linked to that Lodge. Since that date, Cornish Masonry has gone from strength to strength with over 80 Lodges in the Province. Royal Arch Chapters, Mark and the other newer degrees are thriving. The Masonic Order of Athelstan is young by comparison. Yet, like Freemasonry some 250 years ago, the Order is thriving and, as with the Craft, moving from strength to strength, growing month by month and year by year. This Court, the Court of St Germans is the second Court of Athelstan to be founded in Cornwall. But, it must be remembered that the Court of St. Germans does not form part of the Province of Cornwall. It is a part of the Province of Wessex. The original Wessex goes back to the days of Athelstan although the Province of Wessex that we now know was founded in 2008 when Malmesbury Court was consecrated. We should remember, and I quote from the Grand Master's address at the Grand Court meeting in Leicester last year - The Masonic Order of Athelstan is not the Craft, it is not the Chapter, it is Athelstan and it is unique. A s founders, you have been instructed into this wonderful Order. You have taken an obligation and listened to the history on which this Order is based. Fact not myth. Brethren, I exhort you to follow the guidance given during the course of your instruction earlier today. Remember your obligation, wherein you swore, that you would uphold the honour and dignity of the Order, and the high character and usefulness of this Court, in both your civil and private callings. It is our duty as Masons to continue these practises. As Court Masons, we should be looking for like minded persons to join us in this Order. Look for those who hold the same ideals as ourselves. A lot of good will come out of a simple conversation. By uniting and spreading the ideals that we hold, we may contribute to making the world a better place, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Remember that membership of this highly respected Order is by invitation only. Today, you have been given the tools to work with. That Holy Book contains the greatest set of plans ever given to man. In it you will find a plan to guide you, a plan to sustain you in fair weather and foul. The answer to every question you will ever be asked can be found in that Holy Book. As Court Master Masons, we are inspired by our leaders. They lead from the front. They are here today to watch with interest as you are formed into a new Court. They will follow your progress as you grow and will attend your future meetings when time permits. Under the watchful eye of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Johnston, who has travelled many miles to be with us today, the Right Worshipful Brother Malcolm Burns, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Wessex will guide you and encourage you to make a further daily advance in your Masonic knowledge. Under his guiding hand this court will grow stronger as the years roll by. Let the prayers that we offer today be the prayers of us all as we consecrate this new Court which will go forward from strength to strength, ready to promulgate those great truths and principals for which our Order is justly renowned. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things direct all your endeavours and may you prosper under his guidance from this day, and until time shall be no more. 18.01.2014 - Liskeard.