One of the most commonly celebrated holidays of the Masonic calendar is St. John the Baptist day. Celebrated on June 24th St. John the Baptist day falls on the midsummer’s day which is known as the summer solstice . This day is often marked by festivals, fertility rituals, gatherings and celebrations. The Summer Solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis inclining the southern hemisphere 23° 26′ toward our sun which earth orbits. This change in degrees brings us longer days and the changing of spring into summer. I believe the only down fall (being that our lodge is located in So. Cal.) is the rising temperatures that comes with the season. This happens twice each year, (the changing of the earth axis, once in June and the other time is in December, when we have the shortest period of light) at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the South Pole. This, St. John’s Day is the day that has the longest period of daylight. So in honor of this reverent day and let us bask in the light of our Creator and give praise and thanks and know that his blessings are upon us and surround us.
Jonas M. Olguin, Worshipful Master