The Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of Dublin and Wicklow L.O.L. 1313 would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
This year saw the momentous visit of HM Queen to our State for the first time since her coronation. The Worshipful Master and Brethren were delighted to be a part of the historic visit, and are thankful for the warm reception the Queen received from the Irish people. We wish her God’s richest blessing as she enters her Diamond Jubilee year.
The voice of the Irish people was heard at the polls in November as they elected President Michael D. Higgins to represent them at home and abroad. President Higgins has committed himself to creating an inclusive Irish identity that all people will be proud to own. We are heartened by his initial engagement with the Irish Protestant community and look forward to him building further bridges and fostering hope.
2011 was 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, a translation that has greatly influenced both our language and culture down through the years. The Godslot on RTE Radio One are to be commended for marking this milestone in the life of the English speaking world and it’s fitting that we should end this Christmas message with a quotation from 1611 Bible:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”