Originally posted by TgSoe
ML, I had no idea all those folk were Masons , thats really started me to wondering if you have to become a Mason to make anything out of yourself in
this world, on a Major scale that is.
Talent and creative genius made those guys great, and would have regardless if they had or had not been Freemasons. Of the above three, Ellington was
the most active, and was a Past Master in his Lodge, 33° in Scottish Rite, Knight Templar in York Rite, and was a Shriner.
He could also play a mean piano. Every time here “Drop Me Off In Harlem”, forget it, I’m in heaven.
I read on there site that you can attend one of thier funtions (The Gnostic Catholic Church I think) without being committed but that you must
partake of the Eucharist at the end. Which appearantly is some sort of communion. Advance beyond than that and a bond has been created that can
never be severed. Can you elaborate on that any ML?
The Gnostic Mass, which is the official ritual of the Gnostic Catholic Church and is open to the public, can be read here:
As for the O.T.O., the new Brother or Sister becomes bound to the Order through the ceremony of initiation.
Masonry is similar in this regard. For example, when opening the Lodge of Perfection on the 14 ° of the Scottish Rite, the Master asks: “Brother
Senior Warden, are Perfect Elus bond or free?”
To which he responds: “Both if they be true Masons: bound by their obligations, and the sacred ties of friendship and honor; free from ignorance,
superstition, and all that makes men slaves.”
Did you say that you are also the Master of your Masonic Lodge ?
I was Master in 2002, have served as Secretary since then. The Office of Secretary is basically administrative, keeping accounts, recording minutes at
the meetings, issuing dues notices and collecting dues, paying Lodge bills, making financial reports to the Lodge and Grand Lodge, etc.