Independent United Order of Mechanics, Friendly Society, North, Central and South America, Islands of the Seas and the Entire Western Hemisphere
District Grand Lodge No 1 of Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent
District Grand Masters' Address Concerning the Corona Virus
I wish to take this opportunity to speak to our members and to those visiting our webpage.
I want to encourage each of you to follow the advice given by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. This virus has gripped every corner of the globe and has caught the attention of the leaders of countries, towns and villages. The fight to contain and restrict the spread of this virus has called on some draconian measures the likes of which many of us have never seen.
Fraternal Greetings to my Brothers, Sisters and visitors to our webpage
Today we are facing probably the most trying period in a generation; the COVID-19 pandemic has brought nations to their knees and only shows how vulnerable each of us is on this planet.
From the information transmitted through social media, we can see the graphic pictures of suffering and death. This virus is vicious and mysterious.
Our various units have gone into recess as well as our World Headquarters to meetings and various functions.
Isaiah Chapter 26 verse 20 says
‘Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by’
Matthew 6 verse 6 says;
‘But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly’
Yes some of us have retreated and some of us are on the front line. Let us pray for each other; let is used the various social media to comfort one another at this time. We are facing a period of uncertainty with likely unemployment, periods of stressful situations in which we do not know how we can provide for our families or ourselves and possible loneliness.
Corona is a jealous lady she wants all for her own; but with positive thoughts being sent out in the universe, we can conquer this with the help of God as we pray for each other; let us also a prayer for those on the front lines, the health care workers and the scientists who are working to find a cure for this virus.
Share a thought, share a reading, and share your time with your family, your faternal Brothers and Sisters and with your friends.
My brothers and sisters, stay safe and rest assured we will win this battle!
In Friendship, Love and Truth.
Patrick Bennett, RWDGM
Friendship, Truth, and Love dictate that we should be friends and truthful to all Mankind and above all “be our Brothers’ keeper’, which is in keeping with the teachings of the Volume of the Sacred Law. Our aim is to practice and promote just philanthropy, charity and benevolence and that through our example; society at large will know the true meaning of fidelity, benevolence and truth.