Roswell Lodge Brethren,
It is with a heavy heart that Roswell #165 is communicating that 46 year Master Mason, Richard Franklin Bivins has go to his eternal home and is now residing with the Great Architect. Brother Bivins would have been 80 years young next month. His brother, James Daniel Blivins, who died in early 2014 was also a life long Mason. Please remember our brother when on bended knee.
Several brothers within the Roswell Lodge have felt the "pinch" of lives ending uncelebrated. And yet, like I do, they also think Freemasons are especially prepared to accept this inescapable result of living. Maybe there are a few other brothers who also contemplate what we will leave ... not what we can take with us.
Recently, there has been significant progress in developing and
executing the special requirements of a Masonic Funeral (aka
Masonic Burial or Masonic Memorial). Just a few lines quoted
from the last service led by Roswell brothers may move some
more brothers to demonstrate our special relationship connecting
us to the ultimate power of the Universe - - as laid out by the
The Master, and officers and brothers assembled,
"take their places around the coffin... If a man dies, shall he rise again?"
Response all: "The dust shall return to the earth as it was,
and the Spirit to God who gave it.... " "The Lord gave, and
the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Response all: "God is our God forever. He will be our guide
and support through the dark valley of the shadow of death."
We are not just lifting up a brother ... we are sustaining the
promise that the brother's Widow, or his orphans, will be
embraced by the lodge.
We have already had some volunteers who want to serve on a
permanent team, but we need a few more to make the team
complete. If you are willing to proceed, please reach out to:
Past Master Mike Roman
Lodges in several States are beginning normal activities this week. We need to be prepare to restart our normal activities as well.