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I am writing this on Palm Sunday having just returned home from the Church Service and Annual Pilgrimage of the District Grand Priory of Fife and Kinross. The service this year was held in Dysart St. Clare, Parish Church. The sermon was thought provoking and delivered in a quite lovely church. I was particularly taken by the wall stencils/prints by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was paid the sum of £10.00 for his work. Well worth a visit.

This year for the first time I will miss Easter with my family and also my son's birthday. I and other will be travelling to Australia on 1st April 2015 and whilst there will install three District Grand Priors. When I look out and see snow on the hills there can be no doubt that a visit to Australia has its plus side.

I have visited all the Preceptories in my first round of visits and would wish to thank the Preceptors and their Fratres for their kind welcome and the fellowship so freely extended by them. I thank and congratulate them all for the very hard work they put in to support their Preceptories and the Order.

Holy Week is and always has been for me a journey in faith, a journey in struggle. From the promise and euphoria of Palm Sunday to the dark shadows, pain and disappointment of Good Friday and through that darkness to the new light of Easter morning and to union with the risen Lord.

I hope you all have a peaceful Easter with your family and friends. Summer is coming even though winter seems reluctant to let go.

James Hodge, Grand Master

Most Eminent & Reverend Grand Master

Grand Master