The Inspector General and the District Recorder send all the Princes and their families their sincere wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
2020 was intended to be an exciting year for the Order with 175th Anniversary celebrations planned for all 50+ Districts of our England and Wales constitution. Coronavirus has of course trumped our plans as well as suspended our meetings and, quite conceivably, may modify the form of our ceremonies for some time to come.
We have been unable formally to bring suitable new members into the enjoyment of our Order, but we hope that each of us has kept contact, albeit electronic and virtual, with masonic friends and colleagues whom we would wish to recruit. We have hoped to keep the Rose Croix in your thoughts with the weekly missives and we will continue to prompt your interest every week while the current inconvenience persists.
Let us pray that the planned relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions over the Christmas season does not result in too much of a deterioration in the infection rate in the New Year - and the likely increased restraint which could follow.
May the central meaning of Christmas remain in all our thoughts despite the undoubted marketing hoo-hah which attempts to overshadow our faith and may the next year be much more enjoyable than 2020 turned out to be.