Grand Master Message

anchorHail Friends,

What a honor for me to serve the Grand Lodge of the Great State of Mississippi for 2017 and to represent you for a short time. I will strive to give 100% of my abilities for this purpose.

My motto for this year is “Anchored in Masonry” and I hope you will join me in this endeavor.
Mr. Webster describes an anchor as something that serves to hold an object firmly. I believe that it is time for Mississippi Masons to hold firmly to our teachings and customs.

I asked that you pray for me as I will for each of you. Pray for yourself each day that you will become a better person. Each of us are the best Mason that someone knows. Will that person want to be like you or will they shy away from masonry.

As we prepare for our 200th year next year may we all give positive publicity of Masonry and let the world know that Masonry is alive and well in Mississippi.

Thanks for all the encouragements, thought and prayers that you have supported me with. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can in the coming year.

Until then I remain
Anchored in Masonry

Don Bryant
Grand Master, 2017
Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F∴ & A∴ M∴

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Governor’s Proclamation

Copy of the Official Proclamation

Brethren,

Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, has signed a PROCLAMATION, in which he recognizes both the Tricentennial of modern Freemasonry and the Bicentennial of Freemasonry in Mississippi.

A hearty Thank You to G∴M∴ Bryant, to the Freemasons THROUGHOUT the State of Mississippi, and to all Freemasons around the globe who endeavor every day to continue our Craft and convince the world of its good effects.

A scan of the original document is shown here (click the image or here to download a printable PDF) and the text of the document follows:


PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Grand Lodge of Mississippi of Free and Accepted Masons is an organization dedicated to the ancient landmarks of the Order of Freemasonry; and

WHEREAS, on June 24, 2017, all Masons wheresoever dispersed celebrated 300 years of Freemasonry; and

WHEREAS, on July 27, 1818, the Grand Lodge of Mississippi of Free and Accepted Masons was officially established in Natchez, Mississippi, by delegates from territorial lodges warranted almost fifteen years prior to the recognition of the newly established State of Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, Masons are taught that all men are equal and individual freedom of thought and action, as well as morality and ethics, are the concepts and ideals upon which the Order is founded; and

WHEREAS, by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, Freemasonry enables men to serve God, family, country, neighbors and self.

NOW, THEREFORE I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, do hereby recognize the Grand Lodge of Mississippi of Free and Accepted Masons and all Mississippi Masonic Bodies as their members celebrate 300 years of modern Freemasonry and more than 200 years of Freemasonry in the State of Mississippi.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have herunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Jackson, on the 14th day of July in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-second.

PHIL BRYANT

GOVERNOR

Passing of PGM Jerry Williams

Sprig of AcaciaIt is with a heavy heart that we announce that Past Grand Master Jerry Williams passed away at 12:10 this afternoon. More details will follow. Members are encouraged to check the Grand Lodge Facebook Group for more up-to-date information.

Travel well into that undiscovered country, Most Worshipful.

Prayer Request

Sprig of AcaciaBrethren, “J. K.”, daughter of  PGM Jim Ward, passed away this evening.

Arrangements are currently incomplete.

Please be in prayer for Jim & Jan Ward.