On the night of Sunday, December 27, members of the Blogger Academy met to see out 2009. Following the saints of the Catholic Church, it is the feast day of St. John the Evangelist.
Ancient peoples, especially the Romans, always adopted one of their divinities as the patron of all their people, buildings, and even things and places. Christianity incorporated this practice.
The masons (stone cutters, brick layers and master builders) in most cases worked under a religious abbot who was the go-between with the Church. For this reason they were given religious names: the Guild of St. John, of St. Paul, of the Virgin, and so on.
In keeping with that tradition, the modern Masonic fraternity adopted as patrons John the Baptist (June 24) and John the Evangelist, perhaps because their feast days fall near solstice days. We recall that in astronomy the solstices are the points in the sun’s path where it is at its greatest distance from the equator. The height of the sun rises in the spring, reaching its maximum value on June 21, the summer solstice. The winter solstice, in turn, occurs on December 21.
We perceive an esoteric, cosmic message in our celebration: it is close to ending the longest, darkest and coldest night our country has suffered. The blogs and other independent activities on the Island are increasing. Every day there are more voices preaching the good news: The Evangelists of Change.