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Friday, October 25, 2019

Maryland's PHA Masons Perform Funeral Service for Elijah Cummings


CSPAN viewers Wednesday saw something rarely televised. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland conducted a Masonic funeral service for their fallen Brother, the late Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman for Maryland's 7th Congressional District. 

Brother Cummings passed to the Celestial Lodge on October 17th at the age of 68. He was a member of Baltimore's Corinthian Lodge No. 62.

Grand Lecturer Randolph S. Smith performed the solemn funeral ritual, followed by a tribute by Grand Master Emmanuel J. Stanley.


Grand Master Emmanuel J. Stanley (far right)
Cummings' body was laying in repose on Thursday at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore. He was a Prince Hall Mason in Baltimore, and his casket was flanked by an honor guard of Prince Hall Masonic Knights Templar for the duration of the memorial service. 




In addition to the many members of the MWPHGL of Maryland, Prince Hall Brethren came from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii to take part in this ceremony.

If you have a Facebook account, a video excerpt from the broadcast showing the Prince Hall ceremony can be seen HERE.

Elijah Cummings served on Morgan University's Board of Regents for 19 years, and it was one of his final wishes to lie in repose there. On Thursday, his casket was moved to Washington D.C. where he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.




Born in 1951, Brother Cummings served twelve terms in Congress for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District beginning in 1996 and most recently in the 2018 election. He represented portions of Baltimore and Baltimore County, and was popular with his constituents, typically receiving more than 70 percent of the vote and once running entirely unopposed. In Congress, he served as chair of the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to his service in Congress, Cummings was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for 14 years, where he was the first African American in the state’s history to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore. He is survived by his widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

His column is broken, and his brethren mourn.

Requiescat in pace.


(The Youtube of the Live Stream begins after the Masonic service had started, and can be seen below.)



37 comments:

  1. Rest in peace my brother...Thank you for all you have done..

    w. Ritter

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  2. Rest in Heavenly Peace, my Brother. Job well done.

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  3. Condolences to the Family/Friends, A Great pillar to our Nation. Rest in Peace my Brother.

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  4. Rest In Peace Brother...

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  5. Good Masonic ceremony all by memorization. May peace and love be upon you Brother.

    Knights of the York Cross of Honour

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  6. Farewell my Brother

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  7. At last my brother, Farewell my brother

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  8. At last my brother, Farewell my brother

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  9. Beautifully Done

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  10. Beautiful! The craft of good men! SMIB!

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  11. Beautiful! The craft of good men! Rest on brother...SMIB!

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  12. RIP brother Mason. Thank you for your service to our country. R.Thompson 32nd degree Mason.

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  13. May God continue to bless & keep his family & the phamily during this time of transition

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  14. RIP Bro. Cummings..from the Brothers of St.Peter Lodge 142 Chester SC PHA. MWPHGLSC

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  15. It is done and you have marked well Rest eternal Brother.

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  16. SLEEP ON SLEEP ON BELOVED AND TAKE A REST WE LOVE YOU BUT G-D LOVEST THE BEST

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  17. It is done and you have marked well Rest eternal Brother.

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  18. Farewell brother, my your soul rest in the heavens

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  19. Alas my Brother, rest in peace!

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  20. The race is won your work done.Rest now sleep peacefully. SP.Noble.Bro.K.Roane Jr.MWPHGL/CA.

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  21. Rest in Peace Brother. Job well done!

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  22. Well done good and faithful servant.

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  23. He clearly was a Brother Mason within the MWPHGLM. I was not aware of his being a Mason. As there was a Knight Templar honor guard beside his casket, is it safe to assume he had gone through YR, and was a KT? What can be known of his Masonic service?

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