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October 02, 2020


Grand Lodge of Louisiana
October Necrology Report

And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!

1 Kings 13:30

Brethren, at the beginning of each month, we will be publishing a Necrology Report of deaths in the fraternity that have been reported to the Grand Lodge over the past month. If you know of a brother in your lodge that is not on this list, then ask your Lodge Secretary to make the report to the Grand Lodge via the Grandview system. 

Please remember these departed brethren
and their families during your time of prayer:

  • Brother Bernard  Albers  Jr.
  • Brother Gary Lynn Allen  
  • Brother Bobbie Brinson Bailey  
  • Worshipful Brother Rex  Bain  
  • Brother Edwin Gene Beard  Sr.
  • Brother Charles Aulde Berthelot  Sr.
  • Brother Kerry Michael Candies  
  • Brother Thomas William Chandler  Jr.
  • Brother Edward Lee Cole Bud 
  • Worshipful Brother Wendell Truett Crawford  Sr.
  • Brother Glenn A. Davis  
  • Brother Finis Lemoyne Duff  
  • Brother Prentiss Batiste Dyess  
  • Brother Jerry Mack Harris  
  • Brother Oliver Loyce Howard  
  • Brother Cardis  Lambert  Jr.
  • Brother Ted M. Lee  
  • Brother Clive Everett Leggett  Jr.
  • Brother Jessie Willard Lenard  
  • Brother Carl George Liesmann  
  • Brother Archie L. Martin  Jr.
  • Brother Derland  Paul Moore  
  • Brother James Edward Moore  
  • Brother J. A. Nadler  Jr.
  • Worshipful Brother Bobby Ray Patty  
  • Brother Jerry Cleveland Ray  
  • Mister Willie Waggoner Russell Bill 
  • Brother Kenneth Gordon Schiffers  
  • Worshipful Brother Joe Neal Strickland  
  • Worshipful Brother Henry Fred Thibodaux  Jr.
  • Brother Laurel Rannell Upton Randy 
  • Brother Larry Lynn Wiggins  
  • Brother Bobby Ray Williams  

The Benevolence of Brotherhood

by Right Worshipful Jay McCallum, Grand Senior Warden
When we help others, not only do we demonstrate the benevolence of our brotherhood, but we are also ministering as unto the Lord - Matthew 25:40 

R∴ W∴ Jay McCallum
Grand Senior Warden

We are a brotherhood of benevolence.  From our earliest impressions of Freemasonry we learn that we are obliged to stretch forth the hand of charity to relieve the distress of our fellow human beings. Indeed, charity (benevolence) is the superstructure upon which Freemasonry is erected. 

Rarely has the need for Masonic benevolence been greater than it is now. With Louisiana in the midst of struggling through a pandemic, Hurricane Laura swept through our state. Never has a storm with stronger wind gusts ever buffeted the shores of our country. The category 4 storm left destruction in her wake and the ensuing needs are great all across our state, especially in southwest Louisiana. In addition to the human suffering, the property damage was of extraordinary proportions. Our Masonic buildings, including the Grand Lodge building in Alexandria, were not exempt from the onslaught.

Much restorative  work has already begun. Your Grand Lodge of Louisiana, under the direction of our Grand Master M. W. James E. Steen, has been mobilized into action. Masons from across our state and nation have responded and are coming  to the aid of those who are in distress. 

Although it has been more than a month since Laura made landfall, much remains to be done. In these unprecedented times, we have unprecedented opportunities to demonstrate the great lesson of charity.

Your help is needed. If you are able to be a part of the Masonic response to this disaster, or if you or your lodge need assistance, please contact the following for more information:

Mary Farmer
5746 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301. 



By Ian A. Stewart,
Originally Published in The California Freemason

ILLUSTRATION CREDIT: Chen Design Associates

Brent Morris eagerly studied the figures. Rows and rows of neatly arranged, entirely indecipherable markings, like hieroglyphs or Chinese hanzi, only written in Greek or Latin or Hebrew. In the center, a pyramid made of 14 rows of blocks encased the letter S with a horizontal line above it. Elsewhere on the page, which was taken from an obscure 19th-century text, appeared other illustrations: in one corner, an open book adorned with strange lettering; in another, a scroll surrounded by a skull, stars, and a crescent moon.

Other people had puzzled over the page before, reproduced in a volume titled A History of Royal Arch Masonry. And yet to Morris, it wasn’t bewilderment or frustration that seized him when he looked over the mysterious passage in the late 1970s. It was exhilaration.

No wonder: By day, Morris worked as a mathematical cryptologist for the National Security Agency, studying, developing, and breaking codes for secret government communications. In his free time, Morris was—and still remains—an active Freemason, a 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite, an editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, a former master of the Quatuor Coronati research lodge, and an affiliate of dozens of lodges and concordant bodies. So the case of the Masonic cipher spoke to both sides of his brain.

Of course, it wasn’t the first time Morris had encountered secret Masonic writings. For hundreds of years and across many countries, Masons have used codes to mask communications of various kinds. According to Masonic lore, the first such cipher was cut with a mallet and chisel and used by Hiram, the king of Tyre; Hiram Abif; and Solomon, the king of Israel. By the 17th century, references abounded to the “Masonic word” known only to members. “By the 1700s, this arcane knowledge was part of the mystique of the Masons,” Morris says.

French Masons in the 18th century further popularized this sort of clandestine writing, including use of the Pigpen cipher, which came to be known as the Masonic cipher and drew characters based on a tic-tac-toe or X-shaped grid. These simple substitution codes, in which a new figure or character replaces each letter of the alphabet, are crude and easy to break, Morris explains. Yet they provide just enough of a barrier to the noninitiate to safeguard a message—at least for a while. “It’s somewhat useful in that it lets you preserve secret information, but more important, it becomes a symbol of secrecy,” Morris says. “It’s like when you get the key to a city: It doesn’t really unlock anything.”

Such substitution ciphers proliferated through various grand lodges in the 19th and 20th centuries, and keys to many were even sold in guidebooks by Masonic publishers. Today the use of Masonic codes remains common, although in place of formal ciphers, ritual training manuals are often written in a sort of shorthand, or what Morris describes as an “aide-memoir.” “It provides a sort of casual security,” he says. “So if you left it on a coffee table or an airplane seat, anyone who picked it up would go, ‘Huh, what’s this?’” Morris explains their use this way: “Think about the lock on a door. Sometimes it’s not that strong, but all you need is something to keep the dog in the house.”

The cipher Morris encountered in A History of Royal Arch Masonry, part of a manuscript belonging to a Dr. Robert Folger of New York dated 1827, was altogether different. Where other Masonic ciphers used simple, mono-alphabetic substitutions, the Folger manuscript was far more complex. Each figure, or hieroglyph, seemed to be composed of several characters nestled into groups. Morris puzzled over the enigma, using his usual code-breaking techniques, but without luck. He referenced the Folger cipher in an article on fraternal cryptography he wrote for the summer 1978 issue of the NSA’s internal journal, Cryptolog, and at the same time shared it with a fellow cryptanalyst named Donald Bennett. READ MORE...

October Masonic Web Presentations

Dr. David Harrison: The Lost Rites of Freemasonry

October 6, 2020

Join Dr. David Harrison as he explores the history of the lost rites of Freemasonry, including the mysterious and influential rites developed in continental Europe during the 18th century.

Dr. Harrison is a Masonic historian who has written several books on the history of Freemasonry, including The Genesis of Freemasonry; The Transformation of Freemasonry; and The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry. He has also contributed many papers and articles on various related subjects to Philalethes, Freemasonry Today, MQ, The Square, and Heredom. Harrison has appeared on TV and radio providing expertise and insight into the subject of Freemasonry and fraternal societies.
Register Here

Dr. Christopher McIntosh:
Freemasonry and the Rosicrucian Stream

October 21, 2020

Separating fact from fiction, this presentation examines the long relationship between the Rosicrucian furor of the 17th and 18th centuries with early speculative Freemasonry. Dr. Christopher McIntosh is a world authority on the Rosicrucian furor. His books include The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason: Eighteenth-Century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and its Relationship to the Enlightenment; and The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology and Rituals of an Esoteric Order. McIntosh has also written, translated, and edited works on a variety of related subjects.
Register Here
Below is a selection from The Grand Lodge
of Minnesota's Weekly Webinar Series.

Click the topic to register, attendees are limited to 100 per session.
7:00 PM

    Interesting Math Problems
WB Brian Smith
10/14/2020 7:00 PM
    Colonial Freemasonry 
     (Encore Presentation)

WB Andrew
10/21/2020 7:00 PM    
 The Five Noble Orders of Architecture – a Greek Odyssey
WB Brian Smith
10/28/2020 7:00 PM
    Caring for your Masonic Treasures
 WB Jeremy Nienow
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