York Rite Legend – May 2017

Eureka Chapter No 7

Royal Arch Masons
C. Craig Frazier, High Priest

Greetings Companions,

The Grand York Rite Convention is coming up this month and will be held at the Marriott in Lake Mary again. I urge each of you to find the registration information that was emailed out by our secretary and get yourself registered for this event. It is a great time to meet other York Rite Companions and a lot of the Grand Line officers.

All of the officers should have a book already and learning their parts. The next Chapter meeting will be on May 11th.

I am working on another article in my York Rite Educational Series about the Mark Master Degree and should have it completed to present at our May meeting. I invite any companion to submit any articles or research for our educational purposes that will improve our knowledge of the craft.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Companion C. Craig Frazier
Excellent High Priest
Eureka Chapter No 7 Royal Arch Masons

Sickness & Distress

Dale Vied,
Anthony Ortner,
Miguel Arteaga,
Edward R. Davis,
Rex Cain,
Ottis Erickson,
Jack Quesinberry,
John Dickinson,
Gordon H. Harris,
Thomas S. Rice,
Sam A Smith, Jr.
M. Valjine McLaughlin
Richard Cerezo
Paul Tinsley
David Colvin

Orlando Council No. 5

Royal And Select Masters
William J. Miller, Illustrious Master

Companions,

The GRAND YORK RITE CONVENTION is upon us and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend the many events associated with this once a year festival. You will have the opportunity to meet York Rite members from across the state. If you haven’t submitted your registration you can register at the door but it costs a couple bucks more. It will be held at the Lake Mary Marriott as it was last year which is convenient to several restaurants outside the hotel if you like to explore. They do a wonderful job of providing us with plenty of room/space to accommodate the various persons and business of our wonderful fraternity. You can find the schedule of events on our web site. It officially opens on May 21, 2017 but most of the activities take place on the 22nd, 23rd, and closing on the 24th.
You may have noticed the absence of this publication for the last month or so. The secretary/recorder (who also happens to be the DDGM) has been overwhelmed with responsibilities trying to keep the Orlando York Rite bodies running smoothly and noncompliance with the many rules and regulations of the district and grand offices, in addition to his travel requirements as the DDGM. Many feel this publication is directly connected to our membership as we have many members who do not attend meetings due to being unable to drive at night or for health reasons. In any case, if you have any ideas on these matters please don’t hesitate to share them with our secretary/recorder.
Finally, I recently received a letter from the Scottish Rite announcing their plan to sell the Scottish Rite Temple in Winter Park as they can no longer afford to maintain this building. As I am sure you are aware, this same scenario has played out in individual Blue Lodge as well as the Bahia Shrine building. The rising tide of declining membership and rising costs is overwhelming many Masonic bodies and makes membership the number one priority to neutralize or prolong the fight. Make membership your number one priority. You are our representative in your blue lodge and need to make all the Master Masons in your Lodge aware of the York Rite and remind them that every Christian Mason should be a York Rite Mason.

Fraternally; William J. Miller
Illustrious Master,
Orlando Council No 5
Royal and Select Masters

Olivet Commandery No 4

Knights Templar Ervin Janssen, Eminent Commander

My Fellow Sir Knights!

Take hope for the strength in the oneness we are given with our Blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ!
   As Sir Knights we are equipped with our swords, also in our hearts and spirits we are instructed to, "Put on the full armor of God" so that "when the day of evils comes, you may be able to stand your ground" Ephesians 3:10-13. 
As we have enjoyed our Easter Celebrations together with Family, friends. Then the Glorious Resurrection, The Final Appearances the Instructions to wait for "Comforter" The Holy Spirit. Let celebrate that Our Lord is always with us and prepares the perfect places for us. We celebrate the promise of Eternal Life and that we can have The Lords help with every need.
St Paul teaches us boast gladly about our weaknesses so that Christ' power may rest on us, to delight in weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties for when we are weak, then through Christ we are strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.
   When ever I am struggling with heath issues, healing from broken bones, cold and flu or respiratory aches and pains, stomach or digestive issues. As well as stress, meeting schedules and deadlines I find myself getting centered with Spiritual Strength by saying over and over again the words form Isaiah 40:29-31 "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youth grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength they will sour on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
   Praying each of you will have a Very Blessed 5 Month of this Year Of Our Lord!

In Christ's Name,
Sir Knight Ervin Janssen
Eminent Commander
Olivet Commandery # 4
Knight’s Templar

York Rite Legend – February 2017

Orlando York Rite Bodies Legend

February, 2017

Eureka Chapter No 7

Royal Arch Masons
C. Craig Frazier, Excellent High Priest

Greetings Companions,

Our first official Chapter Convocation for 2017 will be on Thursday, March 9th. I encourage every elected and appointed officer of Eureka Chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons, to secure from the Recorder or PHP Jerry Favor a copy of our ritual and begin to memorize your speaking parts and floor work. Many of the officers this year are from Blue Lodges that are known throughout the district for their exemplary ritual work, so the bar has been set pretty high as far as expectations for your performance.
Our Spring Festival in March with the Chapter and Council degrees being conferred on the morning of Saturday, March 11th, and the orders of the Temple being conferred on the morning of Saturday, March 18th. I urge each of you to contact Harry Eisenburg for a part. Not only will this help your learning and understanding of the Chapter, but a well rehearsed performance will more deeply impress upon the candidates the lessons conferred by the Degrees.
I would entertain any ideas for a fundraiser for our charity RARA (Royal Arch Research Assistance). If you are unfamiliar with this charity, please go to http://flgyr.org/rara/ and become familiar with it. Some ideas are a bowling tournament as golf seems to be popular with the Blue Lodge and Shrine, we should offer something different. Please send me your ideas!
I will be continuing my educational series with each meeting, but I also welcome any education or interesting articles regarding our craft that we can share and learn from.
We should strive for excellence. There are awards we can win, but most importantly, the more proficient we are, the new companions will feel the energy and want to become a contributing member of our great fraternity!

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Companion C. Craig Frazier
Excellent High Priest
(913) 957-7651 craig.frazier@outlook.com

Sickness and Distress

Dale Vied, Anthony Ortner, Judy Fox, Ted Hammond, Miguel Arteaga, Edward R. Davis, Rex Cain, Ottis Erickson, Jack Quesinberry, Edward Smallwood, Heidi Janssen, John Dickinson, Phillip Moffses, Gordon H. Harris, Thomas S. Rice, Michael Hemphill Sam A Smith, Jr. Jesse Williamson M. Valjine McLaughlin Richard Cerezo Paul Tinsley Bobby Tinsley David Colvin

Orlando Council No. 5

Royal And Select Masters
William J. Miller, Illustrious Master

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW is a well-known phrase and might be applicable to our coming year but a few of us old guys (not mentioning any names) would like to stay around and help make the Orlando Council No. 5 the vibrant thriving organization it should/could be. I mean every chair filled at every meeting and some side-liners would be nice. If you look at the photo (year 1914) mounted on the wall in the hallway of the lodge, you will see thirty seven knights. Assuming at least half of them would also belong to the Chapter and Council, the chairs would all be filled with some side liners left over. With that kind of participation we could have a program to present and even a guest speaker occasionally. We can do that again but it will take a team effort from every member to accomplish. Let’s make 2017 a year of growth for Orlando York Rite Bodies.
The election of officers for 2017 went smoothly as did the installation. We had a shortage of ladies attending but are grateful for those who did attend. A special shout-out to Heidi Janssen (Erv’s wife) who prepared the delicious sandwiches for our enjoyment. Also special thanks to John Gray and Paul Frinde who graciously agreed to be installing officers. It was a team effort and we should follow this example in all our doings with everyone helping to accomplish the task at hand.
The task at hand right now is to recruit more masons to join the York Rite. We are ready to perform the circumambulation at any regular masonic lodge to help advertise the York Rite bodies. If your lodge has not arranged to have this done recently, we now have several companions who have learned the work and are ready to perform. Check with your WM to set a time for us to come out and visit your blue lodge and give a short demonstration of the York Rite ritual. It is the best recruiting tool we have besides the Commandery Knights providing honors when installing the Worshipful Master in various lodges when requested. Several of those will have occurred by the time you read this but start planning for next year.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank the companions for putting their trust in me by electing me the Illustrious Master of Orlando Council No. 5. I will try to live up to the job that my predecessors did before me. They have set the bar high as it should be and I will do my best to maintain that level of accomplishment.

Fraternally; William J. Miller
Illustrious Master
(407) 331-8692 usgcboats1978@yahoo.com

Olivet Commandery No 4

Knights Templar
Ervin Janssen, Eminent Commander

Sir Knights,

As we start a new year it is a great time to start with our hearts! When we request of Our Creator the wonderful prayer; "Create in me a clean heart Oh God an renew a right spirit with me ... restore in me the joy of Thy Salvation ....!" We are starting fresh, not hard in our ways, open for all of life to show us the joys of a new days and new beginnings. 
Being a member of the York Rite these past 5 years I have enjoyed the "Musical Chairs" as we shift higher in the Leadership roles. May the music never stop as we gain new members and our veterans continue to make awesome contributions.
I am reminded of St. Paul as he was called in the "Damascus Road Experience" to follow Jesus Christ.  He stepped out of the line that would have eventually made him the High Priest. In Philippians he tells us he has given up all things as "The Real Prize" is "A Relationship with God and Eternal Life through Christ Jesus".
We are here by the "Grace of God"  Isaiah 64:8 The "dust of the earth" made in the image of God given a Spirit, Heart and Soul able to love each other and have a "Most Meaningful Relationship with God" through Jesus Christ His Eternal Son. 
Our choices in life are "A Gift From God" and we read in Deuteronomy  30:19 & 20 That there is always a right and a wrong an as we choose we determine our destiny as well as that of our children.
St Paul writes in Romans 7:21 about "the war" that goes on within us as we make choices and thanks be to Jesus Christ that the right choices can prevail.
May you each find a quiet place and time with The Lord!

With Fraternal Love!
Sir Knight Ervin Janssen
Eminent Commander
(407) 702-5702 remodelervin68@gmail.com

York Rite Legend – January 2017

Orlando York Rite Bodies Legend

January, 2017

Eureka Chapter No 7

Royal Arch Masons
C. Craig Frazier, Excellent High Priest

Greetings Companions,

I am deeply honored to have been elected to the office of High Priest of Eureka Chapter No. 7. Royal Arch Masons. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve my companions in this role. With the support of the elected and appointed Officers, it is my goal to breathe new life into our York Rite and to keep the business meetings structured, organized, and meaningful while attempting to be expeditious.
This year we will be revisiting different portions of the ritual that were key points of interest during our initiations, so that we may all benefit from the knowledge of that which was lost. It is my hope that this will be interesting to both the new as well as the seasoned companions. I also hope this will bolster meeting attendance and ignite a revitalization in our membership.
We will also be planning some events both curricular and extracurricular in the hopes of strengthening the bond of fellowship amongst our members. We see a lot of new faces with each festival but rarely see them again. It is my hope that together we can provide the atmosphere and knowledge of the rites that the initiates are so hungry for.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Companion C. Craig Frazier
Excellent High Priest - Elect
Eureka Chapter No 7 Royal Arch Masons

Sickness and Distress

Dale Vied, Anthony Ortner, Judy Fox, Ted Hammond, Miguel Arteaga, Edward R. Davis, Rex Cain, Ottis Erickson, Jack Quesinberry, Edward Smallwood, Heidi Janssen, John Dickinson, Phillip Moffses, Gordon H. Harris, Thomas S. Rice, Michael Hemphill Sam A Smith, Jr. Jesse Williamson M. Valjine McLaughlin Richard Cerezo Paul Tinsley Bobby Tinsley David Colvin

Orlando Council No. 5

Royal And Select Masters
William J. Miller, Illustrious Master

Companions,

2017 is upon us and with it a new year.  I started 2016 as EC of the Commandery and in the first legend I asked for a new commitment to increasing our membership.  I again take up that torch to preach about our need for new members, not only in the Council but in all three bodies of the Orlando York Rite.  I believe that if we can all recruit one new member each we will double in size.  The Orlando York Rite has a proud tradition of being a strong vibrant fraternity that we can all help restore to a healthy institution of Masonic brotherly love.  Stop for a moment and look at the pictures on the wall outside the sanctuary of the Orlando Commandery back in day.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see that again as well as a Chapter and Council with a multitude of sideliners.
That was my Christmas wish and was my New Year Resolution as well.  You or I by ourselves cannot accomplish this but as I said, if each member recruits a new member, we double our size quickly and we definitely need some new (young) blood to begin advancement toward the leadership positions.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year.  

Fraternally; William J. Miller
Illustrious Master, - Elect
Orlando Council No 5
Royal and Select Masters

Olivet Commandery No 4

Knights Templar
Ervin Janssen, Eminent Commander

Sir Knights,
Greetings form the East! and Happy New Year!
I am looking forward to serving you, as your Eminent commander this year! I am filled with thankfulness that you have honored me with this position.
I have been a member of the York Rite for five years and have had the pleasure of the friendship and companionship of all who have attend. The degrees and Orders that are the York Rite are some of the greatest piece of literature ever written and as we study and become more familiar with the teachings our lives are abundantly enriched. I am thankful for the Commanders and Officers that have gone before me as they have been excellent examples. Knowing many of our members I know I can rely on you for guidance and council and therefore feel confident in assuming this roll. I will make it my priority to make our conclaves interesting, fun, short and always lifting up the name of Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to say a word about two Sir Knights who have gone ahead to be with Our Lord Jesus. John B. Fletcher Jr. and Richard I. Fox. These two men were great friends, mentors and teachers to me. They have shown all of us what it is like to leave a legacy. May Each Of You Be Tremendously Blessed In This New Year.

Fraternally;
Sir Knight Ervin Janssen
Eminent Commander—elect
Olivet Commandery # 4
Knight’s Templar