On entering the Cathedral on a lovely late summers day, the sun streaming through the spectacular windows enhanced the striking displays of flowers decorating and complementing the majestic architecture of this beautiful historic building.
The Service began with the Grand entrance of the first and second Masonic Processions closely followed by the entrance of The Dean of Worcester, The Very Reverend Dr. Peter Atkinson and invited Dignitaries.
W.Bro. The Reverend Father Justin T. Parker Assistant Grand Chaplain, Provincial Grand Chaplain called the Congregation to Thanksgiving and Remembrance. The First Lesson was read by V.W. Bro. Stephen J. Wyer Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Second Lesson by R.W. Bro. Robert Christopher Vaughan, Provincial Grand Master.
The V.W. Bro. Timothy L ' Estrange, Assistant Metropolitan Grand Master proceeded to deliver the Address. The main theme of the Address being "Angels", namely the anonymous nature of Angels. The Reverend felt the need to personally investigate a claim by West Mercia Police that Angel Street, Worcester held the highest crime rates in the area. However, he was unable to substantiate this claim and also any proof that Angels were present! Another very personal recollection of his was an event from his youth. travelling alone through Africa he was on a local bus and used examples of people he encountered on his journey; a French-Canadian Freemason and various local people. Were any of these Angels? He would never know. Who knows, we could all meet an Angel along life's highway without knowing it. The Reverend was making the point that we must all welcome the opportunity and the enrichment which comes from communicating with others without prejudice or alienation.
"Mutual Love, Faith, Hope and Charity" "Entertaining Angels unawares".