Thursday, January 9, 2014

Do You Know Who Dr. Rob Morris Is?

Dr. Rob Morris.  How many of you have heard of him?  

Dr. Rob Morris was born August 31, 1818 near Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a Mason.  When he became a Master Mason on March 5, 1846, he felt the female relatives of Masons should be able to share some of the knowledge and benefits of the Masonic Fraternity.  With this thought, he set out to create an order in which men and women can be members.  

While he taught at "The Little Red Brick School Building", in Richland, Mississippi, he worked on creating this order.  Between 1849-1850, he wrote a Ritual of the Order of the Eastern Star with five degrees.  He contemplated the themes of each degree with five heroines from the Bible. These five heroines are Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa.  This first ritual was published with the title, "The Rosary of the Eastern Star."

Dr. Rob Morris also traveled extensively.  He organized the first Masonic Lodge in Jerusalem.  He was also an accomplished poet and author.  Many of his works were about Masonry, and The Order of the Eastern Star.  

Dr. Rob Morris died on July 31, 1888.  He is known as the founder of The Order of the Eastern Star.  "The Little Red Brick School Building", in Mississippi is still to this day maintained as a Shrine.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Rob Morris, all you have to do is search his name and you will find a wealth of knowledge about him.  He was an incredible man that enjoyed sharing with others his knowledge and faith.  

Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
                                                                                                2 Corinthians 4:9