A Veil Lodge refers to a Lodge meeting held outdoors, under the actual canopy of heaven. They are rare occurrences, as the logistics of such meetings are often complex and weather dependent. But for the Grand Lodge’s Second School of Instruction, led by committee members RW Bros. Chip Mahaney, Adam Tager and Alan Gordon, their efforts and the weather held true.
For the officers and members of Petworth Lodge, the Second School of Instruction this year gave them the opportunity to showcase their Lodge and the excellent work they are doing for the entire jurisdiction. W Bro. Richard Gabbidon, in particular, performed extremely well in his role as Master.
The Master Mason’s Degree itself was conferred entirely by a cast of current Masters of Lodges in the jurisdiction. It was an impressive degree from both the candidate’s perspective and that of the sideliners. Not lost on those in attendance was the timing of the degree, purposely near the Feast of St. John the Baptist, or the Summer Solstice.
Grand Lodge Schools of Instruction are traditionally held in this jurisdiction to demonstrate, teach and reinforce the ritual of the Grand Lodge of DC to its constituent members.