I visited the Verity Lodge #59 in Kent primarily to hear WB Robert Herd’s talk about the origins of Freemasonry and ancient influences on its principles and practices. He presented thoughts about Freemasonry's near-death experiences and offered ideas about fundamentals of building a robust Lodge.
WB Herd has recorded his ideas in a book, “
Think of it in terms of how solemn our degrees are to the initiate when they are done by brethren who truly know and understand the work, and are not just transmitting words, but feelings or “energy” to the candidate as well.
The visit to Verity Lodge was also auspicious because the event was the first Communication in the remodeled hall. I was impressed with the tastefulness of the decor in Lodge Hall, especially the real candles representing the Lesser Lights, as well as (I believe) the modern LED bulbs above. Not to mention the magnificent checkerboard floor around the altar and the Masonic symbols on the side walls. And I believe I saw three sacred texts on the altar.
The Communication on July 22 was an impressive example of Masonic achievement through practice and belief. Congratulations to Brothers at Verity Lodge on the results of many and good labors in remodeling the Hall! It is encouraging to see movement and positive attitudes.