Announcing the new Morals & Dogma Audiobook

Morals & Dogma Annotated Edition Audiobook Discussion with Art de Hoyos

Scottish Rite-SJ Members can now enjoy Morals & Dogma the Annotated Edition Audiobook FREE in the Members only section of ScottishRite.org. In this interview, Grand Archivist and author of the book Arturo de Hoyos discusses how the book came together and how serendipity brings us the full work on the anniversary of Albert Mackey communicating the degrees to Albert Pike.

Portland Valley Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, at 7pm the Portland Valley will premiere the Ainsworth Chapter of Knights Rose Croix Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal for 2021 on our Valley’s YouTube channel. 

Your online viewing attendance is encouraged as we honor our dear departed Scottish Rite Brethren of the preceding year and usher in hope for increasing light in the year to come. 

Once the performance is premieres on March 30th at 7pm it will be available for streaming.

Passing of Ill. Bro. Howard M. Woods, 33°, I.G.H.

Brethren,

The role of the workmen has been called and, one Master Mason, Illustrious Brother Howard M. Woods, 33°, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.  He will be missed.

Howard Mark Woods was born May 18, 1928 in Wheatland, Wyoming. He was a Barber in Eugene. He was a member and Past Master of McKenzie River Lodge #195 in Eugene. He served Grand Lodge as District Deputy for several years. He received the Scottish Rite degrees in the Eugene Valley 4º-14º October 25, 1966, 18º Nov. 15, 30º Nov. 21 and the 32º Nov. 29, 1966. He was elected Knight Commander of the Court of Honour on October 16, 1989 and Coroneted Inspector General Honorary 33º Nov. 11, 1995. He served as Eugene Valley Secretary, Treasurer and Personal Representative to the SGIG, for a while all at the same time. He was a Scottish Rite Mason for 65 years. He died February 21, 2021 in Eugene.

Honoring Ill. Br. Duane Hugulet as 2020 Oregon Mason of the Year

The Scottish Rite 
congratulates Illustrious Brother Duane Hugulet!  

Excerpt from March 2021 Oregon Masonic News

The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Oregon and MWBr. Ron Eggers, 33º, Immediate Past Grand Master, has seen fit to honor Ill. Bro. Duane Hugulet, 33º, as the Mason of the year for 2020.

The Brethren of Portland Valley of the A.&A. Scottish Rite of Freemasonry wholeheartedly agree and congratulate Ill. Bro. Duane on this momentous occasion.

Well earned and done Illustrious Brother! 

Medford Valley Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony April 19th, 2021

Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony
Medford Valley Scottish Rite Center
April 19, 2021 – 6:00PM

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.

Apr. 19th, 2021 – 6:00PM at the Scottish Rite Center

3581 Lear Way, Medford, Oregon 97504

Ceremony will begin at 6:00pm
For more information call the Medford Scottish Rite Office at
541-772-2205

Passing of Brother Floyd V. Martin, 32°

Brethren,

The role of the workmen has been called and, one Master Mason, Brother Floyd V. Martin, 32°, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.  He will be missed.

Brother Floyd Vernon Martin, 32°, was born April 23, 1929 and passed on February 19, 2021 at the age of 91 years.  His is survived by his beloved Wife Vickie.  Brother Martin was a member of the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge #202 in Sweet Home, Oregon.

Brother Martin received his early degrees in Salem Oregon and the 32nd degree in Portland Oregon where he also joined the Shrine.   In the late 70’s or early 80’s he demitted from Portland and joined Medford Valley Scottish Rite.   Brother Martin also joined Hillah Shriners in Medford Oregon.

No memorial or funeral arrangements have been received at this time.

Passing of M.W. Tomey Greer, 32°, Honorary Past Grand Master of Oregon

Photo: M.W. Tomey Greer, 32°, Honorary Past Grand Master of Oregon

Brethren,

The role of the workman has been called and, one Master Mason, Tomey R. Greer, 32°, H.P.G.M., has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.

Honorary Past Grand Master, M.W. Brother Tomey Ray Greer, 32°, was born on March 11th, 1946 in Seattle Washington and passed to the Celestial Lodge in Rainier Oregon on January 30th, 2021. M.W.Br. Tomey was raised on November 17th, 1975 in Rainier Lodge No. 24 A.F. & A.M. of Oregon and served his first time as Worshipful Master there in 1979, he was also a Blue Lodge member of Clatskanie Lodge No. 133, St. Helens Lodge No. 32, and Tigard-Orenomah Lodge No. 207 A.F.&A.M. of Oregon. He held many positions in Masonry over the years including District Deputy of District No. 1 and was voted to the position of Honorary Past Grand Master in 2010. M.W.Br. Tomey joined the Scottish Rite Portland Valley in 2006. He was also a member of Al Kader Wilsonville Temple of the A.A.O. of the Mystic Shrine.

Memorial Service information will be shared as soon as the family has a chance to make the arrangements.