posted on May, 6 2009 @ 09:54 AM
Rest in Peace my brother.
I pray that your daughter, your family, and your Brothers find comfort in your release from this mortal realm into the eternal Kingdom. May your
journey to the East be filled with wonder, happiness, peace and satisfaction on a life well spent.
You will be missed but your memory will never fade. We are promised that if our house of flesh is taken down, there is a house from God, a house
"not made with hands", eternal, in Heaven.
I offer this prayer that was used nearly 100 years ago in Masonic funerals. It's message is as touching today as it was then:
"Most glorious God! author of all good and giver of all mercy! pour down Thy blessings upon us, and strengthen our solemn engagements
with the ties of sincere affection!
May the present instance of mortality remind us of our approaching fate, and draw our attention toward Thee, the only refuge in time of need!
That, when the awful moment shall arrive, that we are about to quit this transitory scene, the enlivening prospect of Thy mercy may dispel the gloom
And after our departure hence in peace, and in Thy favor, may we be received into Thine everlasting kingdom, to enjoy, in union with the souls of our
departed friends, the just reward of a pious and virtuous life. Amen."
So mote it be.
My lodge and brothers, Urbana Lodge #157 AF&AM, offer our deepest condolences.