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2016 Remembrance and Renewal

March 15, 2016
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On March 14, 2016 The Valley of Tampa held an impressive ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal honoring those members who have made the transition from this transitory existence to one of endless duration.

The ceremony of The Mystic Banquet and The Extinguishing and Relighting of the Lights was conducted with precision and dignity.

The Cast which performed the ritual in a precise and proficient manner were as follows:

Wise Master                               Joseph A. Gonzalez, 32° KCCH
Senior Warden                          Jerome E. Murray, 32° KCCH
Junior Warden                           Walter Schoepf, 32° KCCH
Prelate                                         Ronald P. Lupien, 32° KCCH
Secretary                                    Kenneth P. Scott, 32°
Almoner                                      Lynn C. Raposa, 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies             Scott McAlister, 32° KCCH
Orator                                          William C. Sundquist, 32°
Guardian of the Temple         Steven J. Silvers, 32°
Senior Deacon                           Billy D. Schmidt, 32°
Soloist                                          Brian D. Campbell, 32° KCCH
Organist                                      Robert D. Davidson, 32° KCCH

The Celebration of Remembrance and Renewal is a Scottish Rite nonobligatory festival held on, or as near as possible, the vernal equinox

The words of this ceremony speak to the hearts and minds of all men. But words alone do not suffice. It is our actions which speak louder than our words. Intention without action is of little value.

The Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, including the Mystic Banquet, is not a religious observance. It is neither the Feast of the Passover nor a Sacrament of Holy Communion.

It is an observance, a sublime celebration of Rebirth, Freedom, and Fraternity.

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