These are difficult COVID times and I want to send each one of you a message of hope and encouragement.
We cannot, as Brethren, meet each other face to face and enjoy the warmth of true fellowship and friendship which are at the very heart of Freemasonry, both in the formal work of the Lodge or Chapter and in the happiness of the Festive Board.
Be reassured that the fraternal bonds which unite us do not disappear because we cannot meet together or see each other.
The bonds are strong and do not disappear because we are apart.
The meetings or convocations may have disappeared for a while, but our friendships and loyalty to each other remain.
We can still keep in contact with our fellow Brethren and Companions, and I am sure that I am not the only person who has had cheering e-mails and phone calls from Lodge and Chapter members.
We are not alone in the world; we are linked together by our shared beliefs and our real care for each other in the Craft.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced strict rules on all of us, at home, at work, and in places of worship.
Do not let them make us downhearted or feel that there is no path out of this maze.
Of course we worry about our loved ones, and I know that some people have suffered loss because of the virus.
But there will be an end to the present distress.
May the Great Architect of the Universe, who loves and cares for each one of us, here and in the hereafter, give you and your dearest strength and protection, whatever befalls you in these testing times, and may He give you true comfort and consolation in this difficult time.
Yours very sincerely and fraternally,
W Bro Revd Dr Bill Dolman, AsstGChap, Provincial Grand Chaplain
19th October 2020
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