A Message from the Provincial Grand Chaplain....

 

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Dear Brethren

 

We find ourselves in unprecedented strange and difficult times with ever increasing restrictions being placed upon us by Government guidelines aimed at protecting

 

My wife and I had chosen to socially distance ourselves before the new regulations came into force and we have sought to ensure that we have a structure to the day – part of that structure is to maintain our daily prayer life and to perform the Morning Office at 8 a.m. every morning in our garden room.  Likewise to think and pray for all you absent brethren at 9 pm especially those who have been stranded overseas.  I invite you to join us in those prayers in the morning and at night as part of your own daily routine.

 

Today’s morning devotional from theologian, Henri Nouwen, I thought particularly appropriate for the situation we find ourselves in and I have adopted it for all you brethren and your families.  The words “love” in this passage are synonymous with “charity”. May the Great Architect of the Universe keep you forever safe.

 

“It is central to the theme of the Volume of the Sacred Law that the Great Architect of the Universe’s love for his people should not be forgotten. It should remain with us in the present – when everything is dark, when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exits, then we can find salvation in a remembered love, a love that is not simply a wistful recollection of a bygone past, but a living force that sustains us in the present.  Through memory, love transcends the limit of time and offers hope at any moment of our lives”.

 

 

Provincial Grand Chaplain offers support....

 

The Provincial Grand Chaplain has today asked all Lodge Chaplains to liaise with their Lodge Almoner at this time of uncertainty and some confusion in order to look out for the spiritual welfare as well as physical welfare of their members.

 

The personal and social restrictions which may come about following the latest Government announcements with regard to Corona Virus may affect not only the physical health of brethren but also their mental and emotional well being - especially if their fear of going to Lodge meetings means that they feel very lonely and isolated. 

 

In such cases the Chaplain's role, to give spiritual support becomes even more important.  I am hoping to arrange a short training course for all chaplains later in the year on the role of a chaplain in a pastoral capacity for such occasions as these.  In the meantime, as Provincial Grand Chaplain I will also be pleased to telephone any lonely or fearful brethren to reassure them of our support and give pastoral care.

 

Michael Barratt

Provincial Grand Chaplain