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Postby ohharr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:27 pm

Hello everyone,
I attended a funeral this week for one of our officers. Prior to us all going in someone kindly handed me a sprig of greenery. I wasn't too sure what to do with it. As we entered the crem other brothers put these sprigs onto the coffin. What is the symbolism here, what should be done with the greenery and what bush should it be from.

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Re: Funerals

Postby Richard George » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:38 pm

First question: Are you EA/FC/MM?
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Re: Funerals

Postby ohharr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:39 pm

MM.
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Re: Funerals

Postby Richard George » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:40 pm

Then think about what you were told during the Traditional History ...
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Re: Funerals

Postby ohharr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:45 pm

Thanks, so it should be Acacia then? I was handed a bit of evergreen shrub. More importantly, should it be worn in the lapel prior to entering the crem. Does everyone place it on the coffin?
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Re: Funerals

Postby Richard George » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:59 pm

It should - although an evergreen is often used as an alternative. As to where you wear it .. up to you really. Personally I've never been to a funeral where it's happened.
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Re: Funerals

Postby ohharr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:04 pm

Thanks, i am only being so picky as I am a Priest and often get asked to take funerals and I want to get the "Ritual" of it right.
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Re: Funerals

Postby Mike Martin » Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:25 pm

ohharr wrote:Thanks, i am only being so picky as I am a Priest and often get asked to take funerals and I want to get the "Ritual" of it right.

Under the UGLE the sprig of acacia going into the grave comes from this, the no longer worked Graveside Address which you can read here: http://merseylodge5434.org/info/?page_id=562
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Re: Funerals

Postby ohharr » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:31 pm

Mike Martin wrote:
ohharr wrote:Thanks, i am only being so picky as I am a Priest and often get asked to take funerals and I want to get the "Ritual" of it right.

Under the UGLE the sprig of acacia going into the grave comes from this, the no longer worked Graveside Address which you can read here: http://merseylodge5434.org/info/?page_id=562

That is lovely, thanks for the pointer.
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Re: Funerals

Postby Lloyd Wiebe » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:54 pm

That is common practice in Ontario. We do not refer to it as a funeral, but rather, a Masonic service.
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Re: Funerals

Postby kaushik.chowdhury » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:12 am

Fraternal Greetings Brethren All,

I understand that something called a Lodge of Sorrow is also held by the members of the lodge where the deceased brother was a member. I also understand that it is no longer done by the lodges under the UGLE. I have attended only one where the same was done by another recognised constitution and where I was an invitee. It was a beautiful ceremony.

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Re: Funerals

Postby Peter Moir » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:17 pm

Here in Scotland we hold Lodges of Sorrow frequently and I have attended many through the years. You are correct Bro Chowdhury when you say it is a beautiful service. Although it was a daunting task to carry out I had the privilege to conduct such a service for one of our Past Masters when I was Master of my Lodge.
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Re: Funerals

Postby Mike Martin » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:24 pm

kaushik.chowdhury wrote:I understand that something called a Lodge of Sorrow is also held by the members of the lodge where the deceased brother was a member. I also understand that it is no longer done by the lodges under the UGLE. I have attended only one where the same was done by another recognised constitution and where I was an invitee. It was a beautiful ceremony.

Hi Kaushik,
You are confusing two different things and I can tell you that Lodges of Sorrow are still perfectly acceptable and carried out by Lodge under the UGLE, case in point being my own Mother Lodge which held a Lodge of Sorrow to mark departed merit just last year.
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