Good Samaritan Lodge No.336 has an extensive history bringing in each new Masonic Year with a bang! In accordance with the Masonic traditions of honoring both St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist as our eternal Patrons, our Lodge hosts an annual banquet on December 27th of each year.
We have found that it is a not only a festive way to start the New Year by introducing our incoming Officers, but also to close the previous year by bringing our Masonic family together for a final time. All Masons, families, Masonic Widows, and guests are welcome at these banquets.
We sincerely hope that you will join us for this final year-end celebration, and we wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season.
The venue for this year's St. John's Day Banquet has been set to take place on Thursday, December 27, at the Dobbin House in Gettysburg, PA. The address where the event is to be held is: 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The banquet is scheduled to kick-off at 6:00pm with a social hour, (cash bar,) then beginning the dinner itself at 7:00pm, followed by the introduction of any guests and the new Officers.
The meal will be served 'buffet-style' and the menu consists of: A salad bar, and a selection of rolls and butter as appetizers, the choice of Hunter's-Style Chicken, Seafood Newburg, and Beef Tips Diane for entrees, the choice of rice pilaf, oven roasted potatoes, buttered corn, or seasonal mixed vegetables for a side dish, and assorted beverages. For dessert diners will have the choice of chocolate cake, gingerbread with lemon sauce, or cherry crumb pie.
The cost for the evening's event is $32.50 per person, and all reservations must be received at the Lodge by no later than close of business on Tuesday, December 24, 2018. Reservations can be made by returning the form which was sent out via U.S. Postal Service to the Lodge with an accompanying check, or by using the link below.
(As always, if planning on joining us from another Lodge, please indicate your Lodge name and number in the reservation remarks, as well as which Lodge Officer position held, if any. This will greatly help us in appropriately recognizing your attendance.)
Both of the Saints, John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, appear to Freemasons several places in our nomenclature. However, references to them in our rituals has been questioned for many years regarding both their use and their placement. When looked at together, Saint John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist serve to represent the balance in Masonry between having eagerness for the fraternity itself and a learned equilibrium regarding it's teachings. The Saints John, stand in perfect parallel harmony representing this balance.
From the Masonic perspective, we are given this balanced dualism of John the Baptist on one side and John the Evangelist on the other in relation to brotherly love and fraternal acceptance. Individually strong, together they stand in ideal symmetry for any well rounded member of the Fraternity. This counterpoint however, is not just pertinent to Freemasonry, but can be applied to all areas of life. For these reasons, all of the Blue Lodges within the state of Pennsylvania, as well as many others throughout the world, list the Saints John as their patron Saints.
In looking towards the future, it remains that St. John the Baptist Day is an appropriate celebratory day for Freemasons, as it is the perfect end-of-year occasion for us to come together and reflect both on our history and on our future. It stands to remind us, not just of our past, but also as a recommitment to the obligations made to ourselves, our brethren, and our families. In all of our time as a fraternity, union celebrations such as this one have been helpful to reaffirm the ties that bind, and whether those ties be the bindings of fraternity or the familiarity of institution, we should remember the Holy Saints John’s, not just in our Lodges but together in brotherhood.