Beginnings of St. Cecile

The magnitude of St. Cecile's influence can be witnessed in daytime lodges around the world. The twelve individuals who petitioned the Grand Lodge and conceived of the pioneering step for a new lodge that would meet in the daylight hours could scarcely envision the fortuitous success their efforts would achieve.

The original petition to Deputy Grand Master Robert D. Holmes in 1865 contained the following important reasons for seeking a new daytime lodge:

1. That your petitioners are members of the musical profession, vocal and instrumental, and in the exercise thereof, many are engaged in the evening and are consequently debarred the privileges of Masonry.

2. Many of their friends in the profession are, for like reason, prevented from uniting themselves with our beloved institution.

3. They propose, should the prayer of the petitioners be granted, to hold their lodge in the afternoon and thus gratify the wishes of their professional brethren, as well as enable those who are not Masons to become such.

4. We hope to form a "Masonic Musical Corps" that may add greater interest to all ceremonies of the craft.

This petition was endorsed by Kane Lodge No. 454 on January 10, 1865 with the following words: "We the officers and members of Kane Lodge do most cheerfully recommend the granting of the prayer of the above named brethren, believing them to be good Masons and true men."

As the lodge began to grow, its vitality and reputation began to attract a wide variety of men from various professions, including actors, entertainers, newspaper people, producers, directors, theatre owners and managers, stagehands, etc. It also attracted men from non-theatrical professions who enjoyed the friendship of its members.