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Volume 08 | 2023

 

 
 

 

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What is Easter ?

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Easter Sunday, being the day celebrated by the Christian church in commemoration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, is appropriately kept as a feast day by Rose Croix Freemasons. The Western churches, or those not identified with the Jewish race, generally keep Easter as the first day of Holy Week following the Friday of the crucifixion, while the Eastern churches as a rule keep Easter as the fourteenth day of April, immediately following the general fast. With the Jews, the Christian thought of Easter bears significant resemblance to the Paschal Lamb. Easter signifies to the entire Western Christian world the resurrection of the Christ, the name being derived from the Latin pascha which, in turn, came from the Chaldee or Aramaean form for the Hebrew word meaning Pass-over (see Exodus, xii, 27).

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According to Bede the name is derived from Eostre or Ostara, the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Eostur monath or our month of April was also dedicated to this goddess. The German name for Easter is astern, named after this self-same goddess of Spring, the Teutonic Ostera. The New Testament makes no mention of an observance of Easter. The first Christians did not have special days held more sanctified than the rest. As has been written (Ecclesiastical History, Socrates v, 22), “The apostles had no thought of appointing festival days, but of promoting a life of blamelessness and piety.”

For centuries the controversy as to just exactly what day was to be held as Easter went on between the various sects. Easter day is, briefly, the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. This varies in different longitudes and this difficulty presented many problems to the clergy and the astronomers. About the year 325 it was decided by the Council of Nicaea, called by Constantine, that the correct date of Easter was to be reckoned at Alexandria and announced each year to the churches under the jurisdiction of that See by the Bishop him self.

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This was to be communicated to the Roman See.

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A bitter controversy ensued. Many refused to accept this solution of the difficulty, insisting upon the observance of the fourteenth day. Attempts were made to compute by means of cycles of years the correct time. At first an eight years cycle was adopted, then the eighty-four year cycle of the Jews, and after much reckoning a cycle of nineteen years was accepted.

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Offing to the lack of anything definite Saint Augustine tells us that in the year 387 Easter was kept on March 21 by the churches of Gaul, on April 18 in Italy and on April 25 in Egypt. The ancient Celtic and British Churches adhered stubbornly to the finding of the Council of Constantine and received their instructions from the Holy See at Rome. Saint Augustine of Canterbury led the opposing group and this difference of opinion had the effect in England of a Church holding Easter on one day of certain years and the other Church holding Easter on an entirely different Sunday. Bede tells us that between the y ears 645 and 651 Queen Eanfleda fasted and kept Palm Sunday while her husband, Oswy, then King of Northumbria, followed the rule of the British Church and celebrated the Easter festival.

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In 669 this difference of opinion was ended in England, due probably to the efforts of Archbishop Theodore In 1752 the Gregorian reformation of the calendar was adopted by Great Britain and Ireland. Easter at present is the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon or next after the 21st of March, and if the full moon happens on a Sunday, Faster day is the Sunday after. By full moon is meant, the fourteenth day of the moon.

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A Famous Freemason

 

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany was a member of the British royal family, born on April 7th, 1853. He was born in Buckingham Palace, London, England. He was the son of Queen Victoria. Prince Leopold inherited hemophilia from his mother and was a delicate child, he also had a mild case of epilepsy. From a young age Prince Leopold showed himself to be quite intelligent.

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In 1872, Prince Leopold began attending Christ Church at Oxford University. There he became the President of the Chess Club, the game became a joy for Prince Leopold throughout his life. He graduated with an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law in 1876.

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After graduation Prince Leopold traveled extensively with his sister and brother-in-law who at the time was Governor General of Canada.

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Despite his illnesses, Prince Leopold held an honorary position 72nd Regiment, Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders. In 1881 he held the position of first Colonel-in-Chief for the Seaforth Highlanders when the 72nd merged with the 78th regiment.

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Prince Leopold felt stifled by his mother and saw marriage as his only way out. He ended up dating several women, the courtships for the most part ended amicably. After several disappointments for the Prince, Queen Victoria arranged a meeting between Prince Leopold and Princess Helene Friederike. The couple were married in 1882. They had two children. This was rare for a male with hemophilia to live long enough to have offspring.

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In 1884, Prince Leopold went to Cannes, France on doctors orders. Hemophilia causes join pain and winters in England were an uncomfortable time for the Prince. While in Cannes, Prince Leopold slipped and fell, hurting his knee and hitting his head. The following day he passed away from what appeared to be a cerebral hemorrhage.

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Prince Leopold passed away on March 28th, 1884.

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Prince Leopold was an active mason. He was initiated into Apollo University Lodge while at Oxford. His brother Albert Edward, Prince of Wales was the master of the lodge at the time. From 1876-1877, Prince Leopold was the Master of Apollo University Lodge. He was later named Provincial Grand Master for Oxfodshire, a position he held until his passing.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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