3 days before the parade
It is a great privilege to be welcomed here in Kilwinning. It is a testimony of trust, openness and pride. Qualities that we find here in Scotland !
Today Scottish Freemasons are the only who memorize all the rituals. They still practice the ancient art of memory. It is a form of excellence.
In three days, it will be the celebration of Saint Thomas. It will be also the installation of the new Master of the Lodge who was elected a few weeks ago.
Then a big parade will take place in the main street of Kilwinning.
Today preparations are progressing. The Master of the Lodge, Iain Doole, poses for the photographer to let his portrait to the memory of the lodge.
The pose is inspired by tradition. Every gesture, every attitude is important.
The Lodge has its own social club, which is identical to a traditional pub. Everyone can come here, have a drink and socialize with friends.
They also practice always the masonry of mark . Today, as in the Middle Ages, each brother can choose his mark as the ancient stonemasons.
Robert Burns, the famous Freemason poet, member of a lodge founded by Kilwinning, silently watches over the preparations.
« Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that. »
This is an opportunity to better understand the particularity of this lodge. What does it mean to join Kiliwinning?
This means, more than elsewhere, to become one part of a long tradition.
Tomorrow other activities are organized. The week is not over!