I couldn’t go to San Juan La Union this “Undas” (All-Souls/Saints day) to visit the grave of my Dad. Instead, my wife Vikki and I went to the Masonic Cemetery at Manila North Cemetery to join the Masonic District NCR-A’s Outdoor Lodge of Remembrance last Saturday, October 25, 2008.
A Masonic Lodge of Remembrance is an annual ceremony conducted by Freemasons to pay tribute to its departed Brethren. This rite’s other name is the Lodge of Sorrow and is usually conducted indoor and tyled, meaning only Master Masons can participate and witness. But in this Grand Jurisdiction, the Lodge of Remembrance has become one of the Masonic ceremonies being opened to the public.
Officers, members and some family members from Lodges belonging to MD NCR-A came. A delegation from my Lodge, Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge No. 305, also came and attended the ceremony. It was a grand and solemn ceremony performed with excellent execution by the Manila Mt.-Lebanon Lodge No.1, who hosted the affair being owner of the Masonic Cemetery where the Lodge of Remembrance was held.
The Roll of the Temple Builders, Brethren of the Craft who have dropped their working tools and are now gathered in the Celestial Lodge above, were called one by one. Among those called included Brother Crisostomo P. Gaerlan, my Dad who passed away April 17 of last year.
What fitting tribute can I give my Dad this All Souls day, than that of having his name called and remembered among his mortal Brethren. His name cast into the four winds of heaven that he may be remembered among Men and Masons forever.
Until then Dad, I rejoice in the thought of knowing that we shall meet again and our spirits shall live forever when time shall be no more. Until then my Brother, until then.
(Photo Credits: Bro. Manny Gudito and VW Joji Bulawin)