Words from the East

WB Ian D. Barber, PM 

Worshipful Master ~ Cincinnati Lodge No. 3

Master's Message - October 2021

My Brethren,

I hope and pray that this message finds you and your families well, I am happy that we have had as many opportunities to be together, even if it is not as usual, it is better than not at all.

I would first, like to recognize our Brethren who participated and attended the most recent fellow craft degree. It was a pleasure to see so many of our members travel to support our new Brothers masonic journey. This, my brothers is one of the most fulfilling acts to ensure our traditions continue and strengthen in our fraternity. For the first time in over a year I entered a lodge room with little room to find a seat! I was able to sit back and absorb the experience and a sense of excitement and relief set it as I realized we’re getting back to what we do best, supporting each other and experiencing all the enlightening aspects that embody Masonry.

Secondly, I’d like to recognize and thank the Brethren who’ve gone above and beyond their masonic obligations to lead and contribute to the rejuvenation of our beautiful lodge. Your willingness and proactive participation in making our lodge a destination in the community and comforting dwelling for our Brethren has not gone unnoticed. Every day a brother enters the lodge there are new improvements and upgrades from you, we are truly making the building our own and each of you have left their mark in our historic Masonic Center.

Finally, thank you for doing what Masons do best, being there for one another and the community.

“Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all is the phrase ‘the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God.’ Our Masonic forefathers had an understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer which governs our lives, or the fission of matter which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and what motivates the spirit of man. Thus from a simple process of using stone and mortar for building they progressed to the most important of life’s functions, the building of character.”      – Louis L. Williams