The Rose Croix Chapter of Medford Valley will traditionally observe the Celebration of Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday in our Remembrance and Renewal at the Medford Scottish Rite Center on April 19, 2021. The words of this ceremony speak to the hearts and minds of all men but, are especially significant to Brothers of the Scottish Rite and all Masons. The ceremony normally includes the Mystic Banquet however, due to restrictions due to the COVID virus the Mystic Banquet that was first included as a ritual of the Eighteenth Degree which Charles de Ladebat prepared and published in 1856 in New Orleans will not be performed at this years ceremony. The Code of Statutes in 1866 lists Maundy Thursday as a feast day, and as of 1878, the Statutes indicated its observance as obligatory in normal times.
In deference to the Maundy Thursday rites of churches however, in 1994 it was deemed appropriate that a Scottish Rite non-obligatory “Celebration of Remembrance and Renewal” should replace the traditional Maundy Thursday observance and be held near the vernal equinox as much as possible.
The ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, that would normally include the Mystic Banquet, is not a religious observance. It is neither the Feast of the Passover nor a Sacrament of the Holy Communion, although it normally would commemorate the spirit of both days.
Chapters of Rose Croix traditionally observe the celebration of the Mystic Banquet when held, as a memorial service honoring the Knights of their Chapter who have passed on during the preceding year.
This observance strengthens the ties of brotherly love, past and present. We meet together to break bread of fraternity, to reconcile ourselves with those we may have offended and, to drink the wine of refreshment and renewal. Thus, we celebrate the lives of our departed Brethren and all mankind. We are reminded that our lives are to be dedicated to the Masonic principles of duty and service to elevate mankind; for what is a man, if a man, does not make the world better?
This effort may be fraught with personal sacrifice, and requires the dedication to principles and values we as Scottish Rite Masons espouse.
As the earth brings forth new life in the spring, this celebration reminds us that the sincere man will find a reality that is seen with more than eyes. In the midst of life’s fleeting shadow, these rituals shed a bright light that reveals an abiding hope and sustaining confidence in man’s innate ability to be reborn.
Please join us at our Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony as announced below.
Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony (NOTE: no Mystic Banquet to be performed due to Covid Restrictions this year.) All current mandatory COVID mitigation restrictions will be observed for your safety.