St John's Day, coming on the 27th December, is often dwarfed by its predecessors: Christmas Day and St Stephen's (Boxing) Day. But to Masons, it is of major significance and in Ireland is traditionally the date for the installation at the Most Worshipful Grand Master at a meeting of Grand Lodge in Dublin. But why?
In short, this day is comes in the middle of winter, at the darkest time of year. The symbolism of bringing light out of darkness, life out of the death of winter. This is reflected in the motto of the order: "Fiat Lux et Facta Est Lux" - "Let there be Light, and there was Light".
St John the Evangelist himself was an example to all of loyalty and learning.
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