How Good it is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity
by Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Gregory J. Knott
On a recent trip to Washington DC, I had the honor of visiting Potomac Lodge No. 5. Potomac Lodge is located in the heart of the Georgetown area of DC. It was a fantastic night for a visit as the Entered Apprentice degree was being conducted that night. In addition Corinthian Lodge No. 18 of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia was visiting.
The lodge room of Potomac Lodge No. 5 in Washington DC
One of the first things you notice in any visit to a DC lodge is diverse array of brethren that are in attendance. These brethren are from all walks of life, many of whom are career military, work in government or are civilian contractors.
Though I didn’t personally know any of the brethren, I was welcomed like a long lost friend. We had dinner before the meeting, where the conversation was both interesting and enlightening.
As with every lodge, Potomac Lodge has many historical artifacts in their possession. But no other lodge in the world has the gavel that George Washington used at the laying of the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building. The actual gavel is stored in a bank vault across the street from the lodge.
The brethren of Potomac Lodge did a fantastic job with the ritual and floor work. Four new brethren were initiated as Entered Apprentice’s that night. You could feel a true sense of excitement in the room as these new brothers began their Masonic journey.
It was a great pleasure to also meet the brethren of Corinthian Lodge who are some of the finest Masons I have ever met. There seriousness in regards to the craft was obvious.
Brethren of Corinthian Lodge No. 18 MWGLPHDC who were visiting Potomac Lodge.
I encourage you to visit a lodge in DC if you ever have the opportunity. You will find the brethren friendly and ready to welcome you. I have found the visits so gratifying myself that I became a plural member of Naval Lodge No. 4 in 2014. It is truly an opportunity to “Dwell together in Unity.”
WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters