CLARK – The Union Chapter Order of DeMolay celebrated Devotion Day at Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark on March 15 by performing a special ceremony and providing refreshments for the church’s fellowship hour.
DeMolay International is modeled after Freemasonry and helps young men between the ages of 12 and 21 to develop civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills. There are more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
Members of the Order of DeMolay celebrate seven “obligatory days” each year. The Sunday closest to March 18 is Devotional Day, and it is the duty of chapter members to attend church or temple as a group for a specially-arranged service. Members are encouraged to be a devout follower of the teachings of their own religious beliefs.
The Union Chapter marked Devotional Day at Osceola by performing the Flower Talk and giving a flower to each lady present. The ceremony honors the role of mothers in developing boys’ character. The boys also shared information about the Order of DeMolay and talked about the significance of its emblem.
The organization is named after Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. It was organized in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank S. Land. There were nine original members. Those 10 individuals are symbolized by 10 rubies in the DeMolay emblem.
The Union Chapter Order of DeMolay meets at Atlas Pythagoras Lodge #10 F.& A.M. in Westfield. For more information, call 908-233-7349.
Osceola Presbyterian Church is located at 1689 Raritan Road in Clark, right off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 136. The church holds Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. and offers Sunday School for children of all ages and adult Bible study at 9 a.m. For more information, visit osceolapresbyterianchurch.org or call 908-276-5300 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon.
Editor’s Note: Paul Hadsall is an elder at Osceola Presbyterian Church.
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