High Priest Message
As the summer slips by, it has me thinking about light and dark. Our Masonic calendar revolves around the summer and winter solstice. When the days are longest and the sun’s light is brightest, we go “dark”. When the days are shortest, darkest and dreariest, our Masonic light shines brightest. The summer is half over and I hope you all have soaked in as much sun light as you can. Already the days are getting shorter and we have to think
ahead to the time when we shine.
Our fall schedule is full of degrees, along with awards, elections and installation. We have a candidate in search of light and we have light in abundance. Expect to have a rehearsal before each degree, notifications will follow.
Again I hope each and every one of you is finding time to relax and enjoy himself. It will soon be time to resume labor.
With fervency and zeal,
John P Murray
High Priest 2019
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Educational Minute: Under an Arch:
To go under an Arch was once a symbol of humility. Royal Arch Masons are continually reminded throughout the ceremonies of opening and closing the Chapter, and in the exaltation of a candidate, the necessity of humility by those who expect to be exalted in God’s sight.
Contributed by Mark Adler, from Ray V. Denslow’s A Royal Arch Encyclopedia
“Share The Light”
I call on you to help me promote Royal Arch Masonry and Masonry in general as we look to share the light. On my pin and coin, I have an Ancient searching with a lantern with an upturned basket at his feet. We are not to hide the Light of Royal Arch Masonry under the basket, nor are we to hide each of our own rights of friendship and brotherly love. We are to search for those who would benefit from increased Light and Masonry by having additional friends and Companions. We are to search for those in the profane world who would welcome the benefit of Masonic Light, and real friendship and brotherly love.
From the Inaugural Address of M:. E:. Paul G. Huck, Grand High Priest
Annual 'Years of Service' Awards
October 7, 2019
Wives and Guests Cordially Invited
Special Presentation by
Most Excellent Paul G. Huck
Grand High Priest
Most Excellent Michael T. Dunn
Oxford Chapter #254
27 Main St., Oxford, NY 13778
6:30 pm Dinner
Compliments of Oxford #254
Reservations by October 1, 2019
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
E-mail: hemstroj at stny.rr.com
|E∴ John P. Murray||High Priest|| 387 Clock Hill Road, Burlington Flats, NY 13315 |
914-419-6088 Loganj54 at yahoo.com
|E∴ Raymond L. Sullivan||King|| 26 No. Chenango St., Apt. 1, Greene, NY 13778 |
|E∴ James E. Dann||Scribe|| 13 Chenango Ave., Sherburne, NY 13460 |
|M∴ E∴ James W. Hemstrought Jr.||Secretary|| PO Box 257, Oxford, NY 13830-0257 |
607-843-6305 hemstroj at stny.rr.com
|R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price||Treasurer|| PO Box 138, Oxford, NY 13830-0138 |
|E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik||Captain of the Host|
|Comp. Richard P. Freeman||Principal Sojourner|
|E∴ James A. Meek||Royal Arch Captain|
|Comp. Issac S. Spencer||Master of of the Third Veil|
|R∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers||Master the Second Veil|
|Comp. Arthur N. Carlson||Master of the First Veil|
|R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer||Chaplain|
|R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox||Musician|
|E∴ Homer A. Burch||Trustee 3 years|
|E∴ Richard D. Howard||Trustee 2 years|
|R∴E∴ Richard J. Burroughs||Trustee 1 year|
M∴E∴ Edmund D. Harrison, Grand High Priest 2002
M∴E∴ Walter J. Hilsenbeck, Grand High Priest 2005
M∴E∴ Michael T. Dunn, Grand High Priest 2012
R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price Receives Award
R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price has received a well deserved honor in the Scottish Rite. He received the Meritorious Service Award at the 146th Annual Convocation of the New York State Council of Deliberations on July 7, 2015.
FROM THE SECRETARY
Are You Concerned?
The Companions of Oxford Chapter #254 should be very proud of the fact that they can confer all the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry and have
repeatedly done so for other Chapters throughout the district and State. There is, however, a reason to be concerned. Only one companion has joined Oxford Chapter #254 since June 2013. We did have two companions affiliate with us, one in 2013 and one in 2014.
Over the years, our active companions have come from Oxford Lodge #175. Unfortunately, the occupations of the newer brothers have prevented them from being active or joining Royal Arch Masonry. Members of Oxford Lodge know the situation and I am confident things will change, hopefully sooner rather than later. We are fortunate to have membership from Sherburne, New Berlin, Edmeston, Hamilton, Eaton and Greene.
This prompts me to call on those Oxford Chapter companions, who have membership in other Lodges, to promote and encourage their brothers to join Royal Arch Masonry here in Oxford. We have a lot to offer them at the present time, but things can change rapidly if we don't begin to bring in new members. We also need to take on ritual duties currently being done by our older companions. Please ask yourself, when was
the last time I brought in a member to Oxford Chapter or learned a new part for a degree?
Obviously candidates are out there or we wouldn't be conferring all these degrees for other Chapters. We all have a stake in this matter, both in Lodge and Chapter. If you need a petition I have them or you can download one from the Grand Chapter website (www.ny-royal-arch.org).
Oxford Royal Arch Chapter No. 254 held their Annual Awards Night on November 5, 2018 at Oxford, NY
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The evening began with fellowship and a ziti and chicken parmesan dinner. We moved to the chapter room for the awards ceremony. There were present 19 Chapter Companions, 10 ladies, M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant, Grand High Priest, R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District, and V∴ E∴ Wilbur L. Corrington, AGL.
Photos by R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District
Congratulations to the following 2018 scholarship winners from the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of New York:
|Madigan Farrell||Western Broome #332|
|Kathryn Farrell||Western Broome #332|
|Sydney Murray||Oxford #254|
|Antonia Vrana||Oxford #254|
|Julia Amell||Oxford #254|
|Alexander Brannan||Oneonta #277|
|Hannah Morley||Oneonta #277|
|Amelie Legg||Oneonta #277|
|Alexander Legg||Oneonta #277|
|Hope VanBuren||Oneonta #277|