Grand Commandery Knights Templar Rhode Island & Massachusetts

From the Apartment of the Grand Prelate

“Do this in remembrance of me…”
(I Corinthians 11:24)

The above verse from the New Testament letter of St. Paul to the developing church in ancient Corinth refers to Jesus’ words regarding what Christian now call the Eucharist or Communion. In my particular Christian tradition (Baptist), as well as others, Communion emphasizes Jesus’ words about “remembering” and they are taken very seriously. We understand Communion to be the time to remember not only the “cross” event of the Easter saga, but the entirety of Jesus’ life and teachings and how they intersect with and affect our lives at all levels. And this spiritual remembering has been a significant part of my faith life. The power of memory cannot not be underestimated.

As the month of May unfolds and “Memorial Day” approaches at the end of the month, we are also called to another time of powerful remembering. “Memorial Day” came about in the wake of the Civil War. As time progressed,  “Memorial Day” expanded to remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the best of our ideals as a country as well as to remember all of our loved ones who have preceded us into eternity.

As Christian Masons, members of the Commandery, we take all of this “remembering,” spiritual and secular, to heart. Our faith calls us to remember at all times the life and teachings of our Lord and how we can live out their truths. As American Masons, we are called never to forget all those who have come before us to pave the way for our freedoms and ideals. As we bring these times of remembering  together, may the words of our Savior from Matthew’s gospel remind us of the unifying presence of His grace in all things, “And remember, I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20). May this holy presence guide us in all our remembering, spiritual, fraternal, patriotic and familial. 

Sir Knight & Rev. Richard Haley
Associate Grand Prelate

Member, St. Bernard Commandery #12

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