Leesville Masonic Lodge No. 240 Free & Accepted Masons

Leesville Masonic Lodge No. 240 Free & Accepted Masons Leesville Lodge meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month. We are governed under the laws of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana F&AM.
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Operating as usual

04/26/2021

Leesville Lodge 240 meeting tonight at 730pm.

Had a wonderful day supporting one of the local lodges. And the Widow Sons Masonic Motorcycle Club. Goid time was had by...
04/24/2021

Had a wonderful day supporting one of the local lodges. And the Widow Sons Masonic Motorcycle Club. Goid time was had by all.
I had the honor of sitting with the District Deputy Grand Master of the 5th Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire and the Grand Junior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. We all met to do a Entered Apprentice Degree.

04/24/2021

Hope you all have a safe and blessed weekend.
We are heading up to Orange Lodge No 319 to assist them today. #brothershelpingbrothers #freemasonry

Today, we say our farewell to our Brother, HRH the Duke of Edinburg Prince Philip, who laid his tools aside and passed t...
04/09/2021

Today, we say our farewell to our Brother, HRH the Duke of Edinburg Prince Philip, who laid his tools aside and passed to the Grand Lodge Above.

Dear Brother, may it be your portion to hear from the Judge Supreme: “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter now to your reward“.

HRH Prince Philip, was passed and raised in Navy Lodge No. 2612 in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, UGLE. Despite never advancing further than Master Mason he was a regular paid up member of the Lodge until his death.

Our sincere condolences to The Royal Family, the British nation and all who knew him.

#PrincePhilip #ripprincephilip #masonicnetwork

Today, we say our farewell to our Brother, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who laid his tools aside and passed to the Grand Lodge Above.

Dear Brother, may it be your portion to hear from the Judge Supreme: “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter now to your reward“.

HRH Prince Philip, was passed and raised in Navy Lodge No. 2612 in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, UGLE. Despite never advancing further than Master Mason he was a regular paid up member of the Lodge until his death.

Our sincere condolences to The Royal Family, the British nation and all who knew him.
#PrincePhilip #ripprincephilip #masonicnetwork

03/20/2021

Had an eventful day. We conducted a funeral service for a Texas Mason and had thr members in Texas participating. Now I just left Orange Lodge 319 and had a wonderful time with the Brethren. - W. Bro. Vernie Kennedy, PM

Amity: Travel. Safely.
12/23/2020

Amity: Travel. Safely.

Welcome to #TravelSafelyTuesday! Each week, Amity showcases a Masonic destination somewhere in the world. This week we travel to the birthplace of modern Freemasonry: London, England.

Deep inside the Andaz Hotel, on Liverpool Street in Bishopsgate, is one of Freemasonry’s hidden mysteries: a Masonic Temple that was long forgotten inside a derelict and discarded hotel.

Built in 1884 next to London’s Liverpool Street train station, the Great Eastern Hotel was one of the city’s original railway hotels. Usually impressive in size, these hotels were designed as a symbolic demonstration of rail transport’s wealth.

The Great Eastern was no different: the luxurious hotel enjoyed the privilege of owning its own track inside the train station for daily provisions delivery, which included sea water for the hotel’s salt water baths. As the tourism industry boomed, however, hotels of all sizes sprang up across the city and cars gradually replaced trains as the primary mode of transport.

The Great Eastern soon fell behind the times, and languished for decades as a dusty old mansion. But her story was not finished: almost a century after its opening, the Hotel was revived and brought to new life.

During the restoration, engineers noticed a few discrepancies in the blueprints. Then, like a scene from National Treasure, they removed a wall to find a wood-paneled antechamber. Imagine their surprise when, on the other side of a studded double door, they found a Masonic Temple!

Built in 1912, the forgotten temple is a pure jewel of luxury. Neoclassic in style, the windowless room is known as the “Grecian Temple.” The opulent room includes an organ, hand-carved mahogany chairs, bronze candelabras on claw feet, and 12 different types of marble used in the floor, columns, and walls. The ceiling, a blue and gold dome, bears a five-pointed “blazing star.”

Today, the Andaz Hotel rents out the Temple for dining and private events. If you ever travel to London, be sure to check out the Temple... and if you need a place to stay, the Andaz would love to have you check in. After all, it’s not everyday you can say that you spent the night in the same building as a Lodge room!

11/30/2020

Services for Bro. Billy Dee Kennedy, Chaplain of Leesville Lodge 240 and the father of Worshipful Brother Vernie Kennedy, PM, will be Friday 12/4 at 3PM at First UPC of Leesville. Burial will be in Craft Cemetery with Military and Masonic rites.
Visitation will be Wednesday 12/2 from 4pm til 10pm at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville, again on Thursday 12/3 at First UPC of Leesville from 10AM til time of service Friday

11/26/2020

From our families to yours, have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving

11/24/2020

Lodge meeting 730 PM tonight with Lodge elections to be held. Fellowship at 630PM

11/11/2020

Meeting tonight at 730PM. Hope to see you there

10/13/2020

Worshipful Brother Tommy Bastow, Master 1989, memorial Services will be this Saturday Oct 17 at First Baptist Church at 2PM

Masonic Funeral Rites will be conducted by Worshipful Brother Vernie Kennedy following the memorial service in the church. All master masons are encouraged to come, all masons are invited to watch.

10/10/2020

The 8th Masonic District meeting that was to be held this Sunday Oct 11 at Leesville Masonic Lodge is hereby CANCELED due to the mass power outage. All members we hope that your property did not sustain major damage. We are all in this together.

We would like to wish The Grand Master of the UGLE, HRH The Duke of Kent, a very happy birthday! 🎂🎉
10/09/2020

We would like to wish The Grand Master of the UGLE, HRH The Duke of Kent, a very happy birthday! 🎂🎉

Congratulations to our newly initiated masons. Thank you to Bro. Alex and Bro MJ for coming and helping out.
10/08/2020

Congratulations to our newly initiated masons. Thank you to Bro. Alex and Bro MJ for coming and helping out.

10/06/2020

Memorial Services and Masonic Funeral Rites for Worshipful Brother Tommy Bastow will be held October 17 at 2PM at the First Baptist Church on HWY 8 in Leesville. All Master Masons are encouraged to be there. All Mason are invited to observe.

10/04/2020

Master Mason Funeral Rites for Bro Taylor at Labby Funeral Home in Leesville at 2pm. All Master Masons are encouraged to come.

08/25/2020

Everyone, please stay safe during this hurricane. If you can, you should start preparations to evacuate the Parish. Our prayers are with you all

08/24/2020

Memorial Services for Bro. David E. Simons Jr. will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 10:00AM at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA. All Master Masons are encouraged to come celebrate his life.

Labby Memorial Funeral Home
08/20/2020

Labby Memorial Funeral Home

Tommy Lee Bastow, 72, of Leesville passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Tommy was born on October 20, 1947, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to his parents, Frank & Ruth Hilton Bastow.

Tommy served in the United States Air Force, and was a Vietnam Veteran. He retired after serving over 20 years as a Louisiana State Trooper. He was a past master of the Leesville Masonic Lodge and was 33rd Degree Mason and member of both the York Rite and Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He was a member of the Leesville Lions Club. He owned and operated Lifeline Medical Equipment in Leesville for over 15 years. He was also a pilot and an avid Golfer.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 53 years; Dianne Bastow of Leesville, LA., son; Christopher Bastow and his wife Suzanne of Haughton, LA., grandson; Travis Bastow of Haughton, LA., and a host of extended family.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you make a donation to the Lions Crippled Children Camp or Shriners Children’s Hospital of Louisiana.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the Bastow Family at www.labbymemorial.com

08/15/2020

Funereal Services for Bro. Mike Rider, member of Sam Todd Lodge 182, will be Tuesday Aug. 18 at 3PM at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Burial will be at Dry Creek Cemetery.

07/21/2020

It's with a heavy heart to inform everyone that our Junior Deac9n, Bro. David Simons passed from this earthly realm to the Grand Lodge Above. May he rest in peace.

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
07/13/2020

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge

Bro. Benjamin Franklin may very well be Pennsylvania's best known Freemason. Yet, when he died, he did not receive a Masonic Funeral. Why? Franklin was a member of the "Modern Grand Lodge." This was the first Provincial Grand Lodge in Pennsylvania, having descended from England. By the time of his death in 1790, it had ceased operating. In its place arose a new "Ancient Grand Lodge" that was flourishing in Philadelphia. Despite being a Past Provincial Grand Master of the "Moderns," Franklin wasn't a member in good standing of an "Ancient" Lodge, so no Masonic funeral was arranged. On April 19, 1906, a delegation from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania met at Brother Franklin's grave for a service in honor of his 200th birthday, celebrating the life of one of Pennsylvania's most famous Brothers.

07/11/2020

Due to an increase in COVID19 in the Leesville Area, the Worshipful Master has made it mandatory that masks shall be worn while at lodge. Meals are suspended.

This decision is in effect until further notice.

Connecticut Freemasons
06/28/2020

Connecticut Freemasons

June 24th is the day Freemasons celebrate The Feast of St. John the Baptist and the following Sunday has traditionally been a time for Masons to attend services dedicated to the Saint.

The first public Grand Lodge of the Grand Lodge of England was created on June 24, 1717 and for many years that day was one of great annual feasting and celebration.

St. John the Baptist is one of the two St. Johns to whom Lodges are traditionally dedicated. His message of the need to live righteously and to change one’s character and his association with the need to remain humble and bear witness to the light make him worthy of the esteem in which he is held by Freemasons. An esteem that dates back to our earliest beginnings.

This Sunday, our ability to attend the special services dedicated to this Saint has been curtailed. However, this does not diminish the place he holds in our hearts and our history. We look forward to the day we can once again participate in them.

06/27/2020

Congratulations to our newly installed Grand Master, James Steen, Grand Master of Masons of the State of Louisiana

New directive as of today, Friday June 4,2020
06/04/2020
Grand Master Releases Phase II Opening Directive for Lodges

New directive as of today, Friday June 4,2020

On June 1, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans to open the State of Louisiana through “Open Safely”.  The effective date for Phase 2 is Friday, June 5th. Therefore, I am issuing the following directive to allow our constituent lodges to resume further activities, with restrictions a...

05/23/2020
Taps

For all those that did not return home. Thank you. Your sacrifice shall never be forgotten.

Twenty-four notes. It's a simple melody, 150 years old, that can express our gratitude when words fail. Taps honors the men and women who have laid down thei...

As we go into this Memorial Day weekend,  let us pause and remember all those who gave their lives for this land.
05/22/2020

As we go into this Memorial Day weekend, let us pause and remember all those who gave their lives for this land.

04/30/2020
Freemasons

Freemasons

Freemasonry is not a religion.

Freemasonry, once speculative Freemasonry began being practiced, came to the attention of organized religions. There are a variety of reasons that are cited why there is a negative reaction of some in the religious community to Freemasonry and why they are opposed to the Masonic Fraternity. Often the reasons are based on information that has long since been debunked. Regardless of the information that is put forward to explain or persuade others that the negative reasoning is not true, the belief is held almost in a dogmatic way by some.

Most commonly claimed, particularly by Christian religions that are opposed to Freemasonry, is that Masons are not Christian. In a sense that is true, there are people of many different faiths who are part of Freemasonry around the world. Within the United States the vast majority of Freemasons are Christian, this is because Christianity is the predominant religion in the United States. In Turkey it is most likely Islam, in Israel most likely Judaism, the list can go on and on. Because of the multi-religious nature of its members Freemasonry has chosen words to refer to Deity that are not based in any one religion. Grand Architect of the Universe (GATU), is a very common phrase that is used in Masonic lodges and ritual. It is a phrase that allows the individual to look into their faith and soul to determine what their beliefs are. It also allows for the most important aspect of Freemasonry to take place, meeting on the level. When we are able to see past religious differences in our lodge rooms we are able to accomplish more with those around us and treat each other as equals, which is what "meeting on the level" means to a Freemason.

The phrase "Grand Architect of the Universe" also helps to get Freemasonry in trouble again with religious groups. There is confusion both outside and inside of the fraternity as to why this phrase is used. As was previously stated it is something that is meant to bring members together to recognize that every individual has their own faith and their own way of expressing that faith. Faith is important word when it comes to Freemasonry. Within the body of Freemasonry all who enter our doors are individuals of faith. This is not meant by the definition which classifies faith as a religion. It defines the more "generic" idea of faith, a belief in something that is unseen and intangible, yet we are confident it is there and we can trust in it. The ceremonies, ritual and methods of how that faith is expressed is left to the individual Freemason to decide for themselves. Knowing that the individual entering Freemasonry has that faith is all that is necessary.

The idea that faith is up to the individual may be where Freemasonry, particularly in the early days of speculative Freemasonry, came into conflict with religions of the time and perhaps still does. Speculative Freemasonry came into being largely in the years leading up to and through the Enlightenment. Freemasonry allows the individual to explore faith on their own, there is no push in one direction or another. In fact discussion of religion, just like politics, is forbidden in a Masonic lodge. It is not to be a forum to try and convince a captive audience why they should or should not believe in one cause or another, or one religion or another. During the Enlightenment individuals started looking for answers to questions outside of religion, Freemasonry was the embodiment of this principle with many of it's members being Enlightenment thinkers.

Regardless of the reason or reasons behind it, some religions and Freemasonry have clashed through out history. Regardless of those clashes Freemasonry has at it's core the belief of equality to all and respect of the beliefs of the individual.

Brethren, earlier this afternoon, the Lodge paid respects to Bro. Larry Goins (61 year member) and Bro. Don Scoggins (17...
03/28/2020

Brethren, earlier this afternoon, the Lodge paid respects to Bro. Larry Goins (61 year member) and Bro. Don Scoggins (17 year member), both of whom laid down their working tools this past week. Due to restrictions on large group gatherings, only the Worshipful Master, Treasurer, and Tyler were present to acknowledge the life and work of these two fine Brother Master Masons. At the request of both families, the Lodge will be ready to provide Masonic memorial services once conditions improve, and current restrictions on group gatherings are rescinded.

Stay safe, and remember: The Lodge is not a social group, we are a family. If anyone needs assistance, you have many Brethren ready to go about your errands and lend a hand.

Fraternally,

Leesville Lodge #240

Reminder, no lodge meeting tomorrow, 24 MAR 20. If you know of any lodge members or frequent visitors who do not use fac...
03/24/2020
‼Special Notice‼ (Correction) GM issues EDICT on Grand Lodge Session during Coronavirus precautions...

Reminder, no lodge meeting tomorrow, 24 MAR 20. If you know of any lodge members or frequent visitors who do not use facebook, please let them know.

Additionally, per Grand Lodge, there will be no regular or special communications until further notice.

For now, the Grand Session is tentative pending extension of the Governor's shelter at home directive beyond 13 APR 20, and after 26 APR 20.

Stay safe, and again, all Masons are reminded to contact the lodge if you, your family, or another Brother Mason are in need of assistance.

Fraternally,

Leesville #240

See most recent Grand Lodge edict below for details.

https://mailchi.mp/516b1a129ceb/edict-grand-master-issues-edict-on-covid-19-lodge-meetings-4424875

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100 W South Street
Leesville, LA
71446

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Chartered February 3, 1925

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