The Warwickshire Provincial Church Service
Sunday 12th June
The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick
As is tradition the annual church service began with lunch followed by a procession of the Provincial Grand Master, visiting dignitaries and Grand Officers escorted by Acting Provincial Grand Officers from Alderson House through Warwick to the church. Whilst the British weather threatened the procession, the worst of the rain held off and failed to dampen spirits. Visitors to Warwick had their cameras at the ready to capture the spectacle of Freemasons processing in full Regalia.
At the church the procession joined the assembled Freemasons with their families and friends for a very enjoyable and inspirational service. The service started and finished with readings from the holy scriptures of the Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths, delivered by W Bro Suresh Modi, W Bro Parminder Bhamra, W Bro Sohail Karamat, W Bro Keith Reynolds and W Bro Paul Wheeler respectively. These readings served to emphasise the inclusive nature of Freemasonry in Warwickshire.
Following readings from both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey the Provincial Choir sang the Hallelujah Chorus in exceptional style.
The address by the Rev Dr Vaughan Roberts was themed "Onwards and Upwards", progression in the Masonic Principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth which moves us ever forward into the future. This was illustrated with a Japanese parable about a Stonecutter who sought every increasing status and power in his life, but ended up back as a humble stonecutter content with himself, as he had found happiness in his humbe craft. This taught us that our journey of discovery is about working out what is truly important in our lives and demonstrates that we are what we love, further emphasising that our aims are, and always have been, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
The service concluded with two rousing verses of the National Anthem in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.
Photography by W Bro Simon Grove