Join Cumberland area Freemasons in celebrating the upcoming Festival of Saint John the Evangelist at Cumberland’s historic and beautiful Emmanuel Episcopal Parish located at 16 Washington Street adjacent to the Cumberland Masonic Temple.
Masons will assemble in the church’s parish hall prior to the 10:00 am service and process into the sanctuary together. White aprons will be available. Lodge officers may wear tuxedo or dark suit and the apron and jewel of your office.
Excerpt from Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry:
“One of the Patron Saints of Freemasonry, Saint John the Evangelist’s festival is celebrated on the 27th of December. His constant admonition, in his Epistles, to the cultivation of brotherly love, and the mystical nature of his Apocalyptic visions, have been, perhaps, the principal reasons for the veneration paid to him by the Craft. Notwithstanding a well-known tradition, all documentary evidence shows that the connection of the name of the Evangelist with the Masonic Order is to be dated long after the sixteenth century, before which time Saint John the Baptist was exclusively the patron saint of Freemasonry. The two are, however, now always united.”