Happy Las Posadas to our Brethren and Friends!

Las Posadas,  i(Spanish: “The Inns”) celebrated in cities and towns across Mexico and some parts of the United States. Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were forced to seek shelter in a stable, where the Christ Child was born. Each evening during the festival, a small child dressed as an angel leads a procession through the streets of the town.

The procession is primarily made up of children dressed in silver and gold robes carrying lit candles and images of Mary and Joseph riding a donkey. Adults, including musicians, follow the procession, which visits selected homes and asks for lodging for Joseph and Mary. Traditionally, the procession is always refused lodging, though the hosts often provide refreshments. At each stop, passages of scripture are read, and Christmas carols are sung.

Mass is held each day after the procession, and, at the conclusion of the service, children break open piñatas filled with candy, toys, and, occasionally, money. The piñatas are usually crafted in the form of a star, which is said to have guided the three wise men of biblical tradition to the newborn Jesus.

Happy St. Lucia’s Day

Did you Know?
Celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and Swedish-speaking parts of Finland, St. Lucia’s Day takes place on Dec. 13, in honor of St. Lucia, an early Christian martyr who was killed by the Romans in 304 A.D. The festival includes the selection of a girl to represent St. Lucia, who then walks at the head of a procession through the town, singing traditional songs. The holiday is also celebrated in parts of Italy, where St. Lucia is considered the patron saint of Syracuse in Sicily.

St. Nicholas Day

Holiday trivia :
Celebrating the Christian saint who sold everything he owned to give money to the poor, St. Nicholas Day, also known as the Feast of St. Nicholas, is observed on Dec. 6 and is celebrated throughout much of northern Europe. Traditions include leaving small gifts and treats in shoes. While still considered a different entity than our modern-day Santa Claus, many of the traditions of Santa originated with the legends of St. Nicholas.

Thanksgiving


We are always thankful for the blessings bestowed upon us.
There is always something to be thankful for, remember it.
Have a joyous day remembering.

Liverpool-Syracuse Lodge offers congratulations

Liverpool-Syracuse Lodge offers congratulations to Central City Riverside #70 Royal Arch Masons for giving 200 years to the craft and community. This event is open to the public and you all are welcome to witness the rededication. You also are invited to the Luncheon program. Paid reservations in advance a must.

Dewitt Clinton Award

Liverpool Syracuse Lodge #501 presents the Dewitt Clinton award to Sky Harris of Liverpool NY Sunday Jan 24th. A surprise zoom visit by Robert Bowles (Worshipful Master) and other members of the lodge during her Harmonic Collective rehearsal meeting.
Using music and harmony as her vehicle for change, Sky Harris embodies service and commitment. With a heartfelt passion for enriching the lives of youth through singing, she has combined her professional role with her personal experiences to both create and expand the opportunities for young men and women to find a home to sing.

As a music educator, Sky has led many choral groups across the Liverpool Central School District including the high school chorus and chorale. Outside of school, she has taken her love of barbershop music introduced to her at a young age by her father and become an integral part of the Spirit of Syracuse women’s chorus as a performer, board member, and assistant director. Professional accolades include being awarded the 2015 Name/Sweet Adelines International music educator of the year award, but it is the leadership role she has taken on to try and connect her vocation to her passion that deserves at least equal attention and recognition.

Sky has found numerous ways to offer her love of barbershop music outside of school, with the students she mentors in school, through initiatives such as recruiting young women into SOS, co-founding a summer youth a cappella camp, and spearheading the chartering of a local men’s barbershop chapter which has competed and placed in the top 20 international choruses within three years.

Specifically, with Harmonic Collective, Sky had the vision to initiate the formation of a 20 member youth chorus which evolved into a chartered chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has since grown to over 50 members ranging in age from 15 to over 80. While this chapter has won multiple district level competitions, reached new scoring heights within the district, and competed/performed multiple years in front of audiences greater than 5,000, she has never lost sight of the mission and vision of the chapter and her work.

Sky is a champion and advocate for servant leadership, aligning her personal beliefs with the chapters work to support and engage with the community such as our donations to Vera House, voluntary performances at nursing homes, and willingness to direct the chorus for three years on a volunteer basis. Her determination, resolve, and passion are relentless – in the name of serving others through music.

Dewitt Clinton (1769-1828) was a man who dedicated his life to service, both as a political leader in the early days of New York State, and in his tenure as Grand Master of Masons from 1806 – 1819. Clinton’s political service included the establishment of public education; the advocacy of the abolition of slavery; and support of programs that encouraged application of new technologies, notably stream navigation and the creation of the Erie Canal System. The Dewitt Clinton award is presented to people outside the Masonic world whose activities in community service demonstrate principles and practices held in high esteem by Freemasons, as embodied by the example set by our Brother, Dewitt Clinton. There will be a public dinner event in Sky’s honor when the COVID-19 restrictions end.