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DEDICATION OF CHURCH CORNER STONE, CAMBRIDGE

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 8, Page 273:

LAYING OF THE CORNER STONE OF A METHODIST CHURCH.

The Comer-Stone of the new Methodist Episcopal Church to be erected on Harvard Street, Cambridgeport, was laid by the Grand Lodge of this State on Wednesday, the 12th June, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators.

The Grand Lodge, having closed the business of its Quarterly Communication, formed in procession, and under the escort of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars, proceeded to Cambridge, where they arrived at about half-past 5 o'clock", P. M., and immediately commenced the ceremonies of depositing the stone, in ancient Masonic form, with a fervent and characteristic prayer by the venerable Brother Rev. E. T. Taylor. An original hymn, written for the occasion, was then sung with fine effect, accompanied by Hall's Brass Band, which is one of the best in the city. The usual Masonic ceremonies then followed, and were performed by the Grand Master, assisted by the officers of the Grand Lodge, in an impressive and acceptable manner. The singing of a doxology, a brief address to the Pastor of the Church by the Grand Master, and reply, with a benediction, concluded the services. It is proper to add, however, in this connection, that appropriate services took place before the arrival of the Grand Lodge, and consisted of a hymn, statement by the Pastor, and address by Rev. Dr. Barrows.

The whole affair was admirably well conducted, and passed off, we believe, to the gratification of everybody interested in if. After the ceremonies at the church, the entire procession marched to the City Hall, where the ladies of the Parish bad prepared an elegant and liberal entertainment, which was partaken of by the Brethren, with many thanks to their fair and generous friends.

The Boston Encampment, by which the escort duty was most acceptably performed, numbered one hundred members in uniform, with twenty pieces of music in addition ; and the body, though it always appears well and does well, has seldom appeared to better advantage than on the occasion in question. It was under the command of Sir Kt. Ellison, with Sir Kt. Hall for his adjutant, in whom he found, in this, as on former similar occasions, an efficient and competent officer.

Amicable Lodge of Cambridge, — one of the best in the jurisdiction,— was out in full numbers, eighty members being present, and received the Brethren from Boston on the bridge, adding much to the beauty of the procession. In short, the whole affair was a perfect success; as was the banquet which followed.


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