St John has a very special place in Freemasonry, as he is taken as one of the patrons of the Craft, and it was on this day in 1717 that the first Grand Lodge was officially formed in London. For Masons it is, therefore, the first day of a new Masonic year, and one where many celebrate with a Festival of Roses and a special Ritual Work.

The Ritual Work signifies the ending of the Masonic year, the beginning of a new Masonic year.

The three Roses signify Birth, Life and eventual Death at the end of a worthwhile and fulfilled life.

On behalf of the Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of this worthy Lodge, erected to the memory of the Holy St John, I wish you well.