VMAP Subject Area #10—Valley Leadership & Management
& Subject Area 11—Valley Organizations
The month of April brings with it the statutory Feast Day for Rose Croix Chapters, held on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. One possible ceremony for commemorating this Feast Day is included in the book Forms and Traditions of the Scottish Rite and the 3rd edition of the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide. For your convenience, we have included a link to a PDF excerpt from the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide, that includes this ceremony with an explanation.
Starting in 2013, the Valley of Baton Rouge began holding their ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal in conjunction with the local Knights Templar Commandery’s Easter Observance on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday.
The evening starts with the Extinguishing of the Lights and the Remembrance of those who have passed in the preceding year. All present then retire to the dining room for a banquet feast, before returning to the auditorium for an Easter Message brought by a local minister, escorted by a Knight Templar honor guard. The evening is concluded with the relighting of the lights and a rededication to go forth and spread light in the coming year.
In spite of the damage caused by the flooding in Baton Rouge last August, which resulted in the displacement of the Valley, this annual event will again be held this year to draw brethren of the Scottish and York Rites together, to remember those Brothers who are now gone, to renew old friendships, to celebrate together, and to renew each of our commitments to being better men in the coming year.
We’d love to hear from all of you about how your Valley celebrates the Feast Day of the Chapter Rose Croix:
Does your Valley have a special event or ceremony for this event?
Photography: (Top) Participants in the Baton Rouge Valley's 2015 Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal held in conjunction with local Knights Templar Commandery’s Easter Observance; (above) Banners of the Knights Templar and the Baton Rouge Consistory (Photography courtesy the Valley of Baton Rouge, LA)