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2010. május 7., péntek


 We are visiting this annual conference as one of a youngest lodge of the chain. The Europa Akáca a Mátraalján – ACATIAE EUROPEAE IN SINU MATRÀ is the youngest and one of oldest lodge at the same time in Hungary. The first lodge was established in 1749. The Freemasons started to work in profane world in an abbey of Franciscan in the baroque age. The Habsburgs had forbidden every kind of convent, Franciscans too. The catholic bishop from Eger gave a helping hand to the Franciscans. He had given them the right to celebrate mass, so they could operate further. (So it is not surprising, then Empress Maria Theresa is “the Queen of the Night” in the opera Magic Flute by Mozart). The supporter of Franciscans was the Bishop from Eger Eszterházy Károly, whose brother was prince Eszterházy, who worked at the lodge of Born Ignác in the town of emperor, Vienna.
Eger Eszterházy KárolyThe Egriens work at our lodge nowadays, too. Joseph Haydn was conductor and compositor at the emperor house for 40 years. I have attached a replica of the panting that was painted in 1785, in Vienna. Eszterházy had shaken the hands of the initiated and covered eyes brothers at the center of the painting. The men with pony tail hair in long brown coat are Joseph Haydn. The media treats the painter as unknown, but he is our brother Ignaz Unterberger. The painting was painted in 1785. The Freemasonry Franciscans arrived to Gyöngyös in 1782. They were of French nationality. They had stayed in the abbey till 1786. We do not know them name by name, but we hope to find documentations related to them the next years. They have celebrated the first freemasonry work. The Bishop Eszterházy Károly who saved the operation of Franciscans had made several freemasonry works and donated them. His membership was not mentioned; otherwise he would become excommunicated by the church.
The other lodge - the profane one, operated in the castle of Orczy Lőrinc (from 1781), but finally it moved to the earl’s wine cellar, near in Farkasmály, and they had worked from 1784 on. Our lodge is operated 30 meters from that cellar. We do not have proof, that the two lodges knew about each other or worked together, but we definitely know the Franciscans were invited by Orczy and Freemason brothers in the cellar at Farkasmály.At the beginning of 20 century, between 1906 and 1920, a lodge was operational and named Akác a Mátraalján (Acatia under the Matra hill). GyongyosThe Freemasonry was forbidden in 1920, so our brothers worked in secret. The downtown of Gyöngyös was burnt totally by a great fire in 1917. The reconstruction was led by brothers. Most of the leaders were our brothers - the mayor, the main leader of the reconstruction, the fonder of the local fire brigade and the many of others. 74 brothers worked at the lodge in that time. These forefathers engage hard work to the third - let me say - forth lodge, because two of them were operated simultaneously in baroque age. Our lodge was founded by 9 brothers, now 14 of us work. We explore and process as an exploratory lodge not only the Freemasonry, but the culture of micro region Mátralja also.
The Franciscans moved The Supporter Center for Children with Autism into the half of their abbey. They nurse and teach 35 children – as much as they can - who are not affiliated into any other Hungarian institute because of serious status of their autism. The circumstances are demonstrated well, with the fact that 35 patients are nursed by 40 employees. We donated them the computers (previously they had only one). Finally they can plan now a complex and difficult drug (medicine) dosage program at the clinic, thanks to the computers donated by us. One of the kids is a genius on the computers (he is not able to communicate in any other way, only via computer). We brought the computer to him too. Analyzing the situation, we support the institute for years according to their demand. We help several schools in the town with the publications, prepared by us, which are used on field of polytechnic and linguistic. Hungary is in the middle of alteration circumstances. Based on our former calculation, 8-10 years are necessary to show the first results of our work in Gyöngyös, due to our agenda. It is our pleasure – to be here at the Conference of the European Lodges and the visiting of the "Europe" Lodges in the future.
Our code word is SUCCISA VIRESCIT, the carved tree gets green again.Meanwhile we understand the common acacia, because the Freemasonry was forbidden and pursued for half of the century not only in Hungary, but around us also. We wish the huge obstacles will not be a part of our common future again, and the European Breather chain get stronger continuously.
Tibor E.
W\M\ of Lodge Europa Akaca a Matraaljan, Or\Gyongyos

Forrás: Előadás az Európa páholyok 4. Nemzetközi Szimpóziumán: http://www.fmsne.wbd.ro/chain-of-union-egly

2010. május 6., csütörtök

The Symbolism of the Chain of Union

The 4th International Europe Lodges Symposium

Longwy Coat of Arms
The 4th International Symposium of “Europe” Lodges was held in Longwy, France, during 6-8 May 2010. France is in itself a great Masonic land, and Longwy is very special, both by history and by craft. The French Brothers from “La Chaine D’Union Européene” took much care and showed much love in organizing the meeting, bringing together the historical tradition and our current European values. All these were nursed with the well-known good taste and the sense of fine arts, so characteristic to French soul.
A Temple was prepared into the Arsenal building, one of the most important monuments of the town.

Longwy Fortifications
The guests arrived on Friday, the 6th of May, and were accommodated into the Threeland hotel. As Longwy is near the borders of Belgium and Luxembourg, and the hotel is in Luxembourg, a tour of Luxembourg was organized quickly after the arrival of the guests. Then, everybody was officially welcomed at the city hall of Longwy, by the mayor. A welcome dinner was prepared in the evening, at the Threeland hotel.
Many Brothers came with their wives, so a “Ladies’ day” was organized on Saturday.
Here is the list of attendant Lodges:

LongwyTown Hall
  • La Chaine D’Union Européene from Longwy, France
  • Evropa No. 27 from Belgrade, Serbia
  • Evropa from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hertzegovina
  • Evropa No. 162 from Athens, Greece
  • Europa No. 1165 from Cagliari, Italy
  • Europa 92 No.1078 from Florence, Italy
  • Europa No. 765 from Riccione, Italy
  • Európa Akáca a Mátraalján from Gyöngyös, Hungary
  • Europa Unită No. 27 from Bucharest, Romania
  • Europa zu Neuen Welten from Wien, Austria,
together with friends from many Lodges, not only French, but also German and Norwegian.
The works of the Symposium started on Saturday morning, and the theme was “The Chain of Union”. The works were conducted by Bro\Eric T., Past Master of “La Chaine D’Union Européene” Lodge. You can see hereinafter a selection of the delivered papers.
The Ritual Work, presided by W\M\Jean Paul H., took place in the afternoon, in the Arsenal temple. A special ritual was written and performed on the occasion.

Arsenal Building of Saint-Martin

After the closure of work, the guests were offered a cocktail break at the town hall from Longwy and the traditional Gala Dinner at the L’Hôtel de Ville from Longwy. Joy, brotherhood, and then again joy were the notorious outcome of the day.

Forrás: http://www.fmsne.wbd.ro/the-4th-international-europe-lodges-symp

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