The Ritual Renaissance Committee

RRPThe Ritual Renaissance Committee is the newest Special Committee of Grand Lodge

 The mission of the Ritual Renaissance Program, now in its third year, is to assist every Lodge in our jurisdiction to be well rehearsed and knowledgeable in our Ritual thereby making every Candidate’s and Brother’s Masonic experience special.

We believe that the ritual is our most basic form of Masonic Education. It is the   foundation of “that house not made with hands” that we aspire to build as Freemasons.

Our hope is that the program achieves the following goals:

Motivating our Brothers to invest or re-invest in learning and performing the ritual with excellence.

Offering suggestions in the form of presentation tips that will enhance the performance and understanding of each degree.

Clearing up many common errors, questions or mistakes in the rendering and understanding of specific ritual parts and our floor work.

Providing the basis for discussion of the meanings of the ritual by defining in depth information around our symbols and allegories. Why do we do that and why is it important?

Motivating our Brothers to want to learn and understand both the words and meaning of our Masonic Ritual through continued study, research and discussion, thereby fulfilling the mission of the search for light.

Making life long Masons who take pride in their Craft and in their work.

To that end this year we have created:

A Ritual Director’s Guide for the First Section of the Master Mason Degree. The Guide includes Ritual Directions, which are not in the SW&L.

A floor work video presentation of the First Section of the MM Degree, a suggested Hiramic Drama animation along with written instructions and templates, and a list of Meanings for the entire degree.

Lists of Props and Cast Roles for the Drama.

A list of “Common and Specific Errors in Ritual Performance” for all three Degrees.

What does the 2015 program look like?

The program will be done in a five to six hour Orientation session at the discretion of the Site Coordinator:

Material to be reviewed at the Orientation session will be sent out to the AGLs and Ritual Directors several weeks prior to the session with feedback requested.

The program will include:

  • An exemplification of the Hiramic Drama.
  •  Ritual Directors’ Duties and a review of MM Ritual Directions (aka Stage Directions).
  •  Master Mason Degree Floor work and a suggested Hiramic Drama Animation.
  •  Meanings and articles related to the Master Mason Degree.
  •  An open question and answer session including a discussion of MM Degree Meanings and unique questions dealing with the Drama.
  •  Wrap-up including distribution of the Year 3 CD (including all materials from Years 1 & 2), RD Pins and filling out a Critique form that is used for evaluating the Orientation and for future sessions.
  • Commentary from several Brothers who have used the CDs for Lodge rehearsals and Lodge education programs.
  •  Presentations such as a leading a School of Instruction and a Degree Rehearsal, a Degree Planning Checklist and many more!

Start at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM continental Breakfast; 45 Minutes Lunch – end about 2:00 PM.

Materials to be provided:

 The free 2015 CD contains all three years updated information.

 Current steps:

We are and have scheduled nine regional Orientation Sessions that began in February for AGLs, Lodge Ritual Directors, Senior Wardens (and Masters), DDGMs, GLSOs and Brothers who will perform the Hiramic Legend in the different Regions of our state or Brothers who want to start a Lodge and/or District Drama Team. The sessions are coordinated by the Site Coordinators.

Orientations

 METROPOLITAN

Date:                   April 25th, 2015

Place:                  Grand Lodge, 71 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinators:

 Gregory Noulas               gregory.noulas@verizon.net         516 242-0750

Albany

Date:                   April 25th, 2015

 Place:                  Masonic Community Center, 394 Princeton Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

Time:                  7:30 AM

Site Coordinator:

 Eric Tucker                      tuckeric9@gmail.com                    518 424-7630

 NORTH COUNTRY EAST

Date:                   TBA

Place:                  TBA

Time:                  8:30 AM

Site Coordinator:

 James Cobb                      firemason32@charter.net             802 399-0182

 NORTH COUNTRY WEST

Date:                   TBA

Place:                  TBA

Time:                  8:30 AM

Site Coordinator:

James Cobb                      firemason32@charter.net           802 399-0182

Binghamton

Date:                   April 11th, 2015

Place:                  Round Hill Masonic Lodge, 403 East Main Street, Endicott NY 13760

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinator:

Charles E. Knapp, Jr       ceknappjr@att.net                       845 252-3816                              

Olean

Date:                   April 18th, 2015

Place:                  Olean Masonic Temple, 124 North Union St 4th Floor, Olean NY 14760

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinator:

Steven Joyce                     finnthefool@yahoo.com                814 642-9143

Syracuse

Date:                   March 14th, 2015

 Place:                  Masonic Memorial Center, 648 Centerville Place, N. Syracuse NY 13212

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinator:

 Michael Miller                 millers980@verizon.net                315 729-3681

 Rochester

Date:                   March 14th, 2015

 Place:                  Damascus Shrine Center, 979 Bay Road, Webster NY 14580

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinator:

Clayton R. Ruggles          claymar4250@fltg.net                   315 759-8859

BUFFALO

Date:                   March 28th, 2015

Place:                  Sweet Home Masonic Temple, 641 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14226

Time:                  8:00 AM

Site Coordinator:

Daniel DiNatale               danielsibatale@hotmail.com        716 863-9889

About leader

District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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