Article by R ∴ W ∴ Brother Daniel R. Hotchkiss, Senior Grand Warden
First and foremost, THANK YOU for the honor you have bestowed upon me by electing me as your Senior Grand Warden. I look forward to continuing to serve our Grand Lodge and each of you, as well as our newly installed Grand Master, M ∴ W ∴ Brother Kenneth A. Clay, Jr.
Our ritual teaches that the West is a station whereby wages are paid, but just as important, we emphasize the principle of harmony.
Harmony is, by definition “agreement or accord.” In relation to music harmony is “the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords, pleasing to the ear.” Each of these definitions are espoused in the teachings of our ritual. Music, one of the seven liberal arts and sciences we are charged to study, is a science which allows us to more fully appreciate the wonder and beauty of tones and chords. When those tones and chords blend into a harmony, the music produced provides us with an oasis to sooth and calm our spirit.
The first definition of harmony, that of agreement and accord, is one we are charged to practice not only within the Lodge but outside the Lodge. It is the final sentence we hear from the Master in our closing charge, “Finally Brethren, be ye all of one mind, live in peace and may the God of love and peace delight to dwell with and bless you.” We are charged to practice harmony in our daily lives, in all that we do. By exercising the art of harmony, we can better serve mankind and make the world a place of peace and one of joy in which to operate.
I wish each of you a life of harmony and thereby a life in tune with the talents wherewith the Supreme Architect of the Universe has blessed you to please Him and your fellow creatures.
In Brotherly Love and Friendship,
Daniel R. Hotchkiss
Senior Grand Warden