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Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master - June 2018

Address to the Brethren at the Annual Investiture meeting of Mark Grand Lodge to be held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Brethren

I am delighted to be with you today and to welcome you to this annual investiture meeting – the first in the new format.

In recent years the success of the June meeting has exceeded all expectations with over 2,000 Brethren regularly in attendance. This level of support is very encouraging but with more Brethren attending than can be accommodated here in the Grand Temple, the General Board has decided that a better experience could be achieved by moving the investiture of Brethren receiving promotions in Grand Rank to the September Communication.HRH Grand Master 800

As you know, Brethren, the September Communication has traditionally been a short business meeting but I hope that by giving it a new purpose you will feel able to support it in greater numbers not least as an encouragement to those Brethren receiving preferment on that occasion.

There can be little doubt, that today’s attendance is proof of the esteem in which Mark Masonry is held by all its participants and when I look around I experience a feeling of great pleasure that so many of you have travelled great distances to be present.

Brethren, I am now pleased to congratulate all those whom I have had the pleasure of investing with Grand Rank this afternoon. The award of a Grand Honour is not something that is given without consideration and is a positive reflection and reward for the dedicated work that each of today’s recipients has carried out. I have no doubt that their preferment will stimulate them still further to promote the Order at every opportunity.

The reports of the General Board this past year have recorded the steady growth of our Order at home and abroad and the Grand Secretary tells me that this trend looks set to continue. I was particularly pleased to note that our Order has expanded into Romania this year and that in the last three months two new Lodges have been consecrated – both of which will meet in Bucharest. Further consecrations are planned and I must thank Right Worshipful Brother Radu Balanescu, Past Grand Junior Warden, the Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania for supporting this initiative with such enthusiasm.

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Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master

Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
to the Communication of Grand Lodge
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Brethren, I am delighted to welcome you here this afternoon and may I say how good it is to see you all. It has become an expected characteristic of our Annual Investiture meeting that the Grand Temple here at Freemasons’ Hall is filled to capacity and I am delighted to say that this year is again no exception.

HRH Grand Master 800There can be little doubt that such an attendance is concrete evidence of the esteem in which Mark Masonry is held by its members and when I look around I experience a feeling of great pleasure that so many of you have travelled, often great distances, to be here today.

I am delighted to have invested so many Brethren with Grand Rank today. Your appointments and promotions reflect the valuable contribution you have made to Mark masonry and I have no doubt that your preferment will stimulate you still further to promote the Order at every opportunity.

Brethren, change is often desirable, frequently necessary but always inevitable. Today I have made several changes among the Rulers of our Order. These changes signal the beginning of another new chapter in the history of the Mark Degree and I am confident that the Brethren I have appointed are well qualified to lead the Order into the future.

Today I have been pleased to invest Brother Raymond Smith as Pro Grand Master, Brother John Prizeman as Deputy Grand Master and Brother Stephen Davison as Assistant Grand Master. I know that they will enjoy your support in their new roles and I wish them every success in their future endeavours.

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