On Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. the Masonic Philosophical Society will be hosting a study group at the Odd Fellow's Lodge, in front of Beaman Memorial Library (we will not be able to meet at the Library until September). Each month a different topic, ranging from philosophy and science to religion and metaphysics, is discussed and debated.
The topic will be conducted by Brother M. Lloyd on The Quest for the Holy Grail.
After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow.
The quest of the Holy Grail was considered to be the greatest adventure in the Arthurian legend. However the man, who first wrote about the grail, never completed this story.
The great French poet, Chretien de Troyes, was the first to introduce the grail to the Arthurian legend. Chrétien de Troyes was a late 12th century French and trover known for his work on Arthurian subjects. His work represents some of the best-regarded of medieval literature. Chrétien's final romance was Perceval, the Story of the Grail, written between 1181 and 1190, but left unfinished, though some scholars have disputed this. He finished only 9,000 lines of the work, but four successors of varying talents added 54,000 additional lines in what are known as the Four Continuations.
His story exerted great influence to later writers of this legend. His hero was the Welsh youth named Perceval. Other writers have Perceval as the hero, though some wrote that Gawain was the Grail hero or at least played important role in some of the romances. It wasn't until the Vulgate Cycle in the second quarter of the thirteenth century, that a new hero emerged. This hero was named Galahad.
What is the quest for the Holy Grail? Who was/were the Fisher King/ the Maimer King? In Chretien's Perceval and many other Grail romances, the hero had to ask the right question in order for the Maimed King to be healed of his wound. Why? Do we have a personal quest? Does Humanity have a quest?
Join us for this month's study group. This group, which is open to the public, is where non-members can learn more about Freemasonry, as well as meet local Freemasons