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ANOTHER MIDDLESEX MUST ATTEND VIRTUAL EVENT
TUESDAY 16TH MARCH AT 7PM FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!
The Origins & Customs of the Festive Board
In this fully illustrated lecture, Provincial Grand Orator, Andrew Farleigh explains the origins of our Festive Board, from the earliest Table Lodges up until the current day.
He explains the significance of the locations of the early Lodges, and the importance of alcohol in early Masonry.

Find out what the early Table Lodges looked like, and how some of our CURRENT ritual STILL refers to proceedings long-since discontinued. 
You will hear about the first Grand Lodges in London, and how the early lodges retained their Members.
Learn the relevance of “calling on” and “calling off” during a Lodge Meeting, and why we have active Deacons within our Lodges.

Andrew also will shed some light on the practice of Toasting, and why the Tyler was more important than we would think.
You will find out more about our traditions regarding the Festive Board table lay-out, and an explanation of the significance of the Gavel.

Discover why “Grace After Meals” is usually sung and the traditions of “taking wine” alongside the origins of our current formal Toast List, and how the Craft accepted toasts to “His Majesty the King” and well as to “Her Majesty the Queen”, and the nature of Masonic Songs used at the Festive Board, especially the “Master’s Song”, and one of the oldest Masonic Songs recorded.

We will consider the process of the “Loving Cup” and I will explain about the “Fraternal Chain”.
Learn why and how we conduct “Masonic Fire” after toasting and why this varies from Province to Province, and how military salutes were adapted to suit Masonry and why many Naval toasts are taken whilst sitting down!
(Running Time 50mins – 60mins) SUITABLE FOR ALL FREEMASONS
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