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Acacia XLII would like to congratulate Bro. McGuire, our newest Entered Apprentice Mason! An amazing start to 6023 A.L.! We'd also like to thank the Brethren from Logia Masonica El Quixote 83 & Flagstaff Lodge No. 7 F&AM for coming out to visit.
Acacia XLII is proud to participate in the Masonic Charities of Arizona Grant donation program. It allows us to support our City of Avondale, AZ & City of Goodyear communities. Operation Enduring Gratitude (OEG) is based on connecting the community.
Today in Masonic History we discuss the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. The Feast of St. John the Evangelist is celebrated annually on December 27th and marks the mid-winter. St. John the Evangelist, along with St. John the Baptist are the two St. John's referred to in Masonic ritual. John the Evangelist, also referred to as John the Theologian and the Apostle John, lived from approximately 15 A.D. to 100 A.D. In the Bible, the Gospel of John refers to an unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved." It is believed the Apostle John wrote the gospel because, in part, the author refers to James and Peter and is not claiming to be neither of these disciples. The writer of this gospel also is writing the Gospel in the light of the Synoptic Gospels which are the gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. This leads to the conclusion it must be the Apostle John. The term Evangelist comes from a Greek word which means "writer of the gospel", it is also in reference to the Latin word evangelium. In most Christian traditions, the Apostle John is John the Evangelist. John the Evangelist as a historical figure was one of the "pillars" of the Jerusalem Church after Jesus' death. He is believed to be the only one of the Apostles to survive until old age. The other apostles all having been put to death for their faith. Some believe John, around 95 A.D. was exiled to the island of Patmos. There it is believed he wrote Revelations. This is a matter for debate. Many scholars believe John of Patmos was not John the Evangelist. Beyond the Gospel of John, there are many works attributed to him, most, including the Gospel of John, are still debated whether he actually wrote them. Some scholars believe the Gospel of John was not written by anyone named John. This debate has raged since 200 A.D. For Freemasonry, the Feast of St. John the Evangelist was utilized by many of the early Grand Lodges in England and Scotland as well as individual lodges. The Lodge of Edinburgh was associated with the aisle of St. John the Evangelist in St. Giles Cathedral as far back as the 15th century. The Grand Lodge of All England, which was a masonic body located primarily in the city of York, as well as it's predecessor the Ancient Society of Freemasons in the City of York, elected it's President and, starting in 1725, its Grand Master on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. The Antient Grand Lodge of England also elected its Grand Master on the same day. When the Ancients and the Moderns merged in 1813 to become the United Grand Lodge of England it occurred on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist.
Brethren, a reminder of our Lodge Bylaws: Article IX - Of Dues - "The dues of each member of this lodge shall be one hundred fifty ($250) per year, plus the required Grand Lodge per capita assessment, payable in advance on January
first, without notice". Each member is responsible to square away their yearly dues without notice. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out privately to our brother the secretary. Lodge dues($250) + per capita($38) totals $288 and can be paid electronically on your payments section + small electronic convenience fee. You can also pay with cash or check but visiting the lodge on any one of our event nights, or by mail as instructed on our payments section.