Grand Commander Wilson’s Easter Message

The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of West Virginia – Easter Message

Office of
J. Stephen Wilson
Grand Commander
Series 2010-2011

Greetings, to all Sir Knights and Ladies of the Grand Commandery of West Virginia:

Easter is one of the most sacred of the holy days we observe in the Christian church. Days of vigil, the realization that our Lord bore the agony of the cross – died and descended into that place of departed spirits. By our steadfast faith we are assured by that glorious Easter sunrise that our Lord and Savior has burst the bands of death and is now the risen Christ. We hold a firm faith in our ascended Savior that he will go beyond the veil to prepare a place for us, to secure us that eternal home, that where he is we may be also.

Please attend Easter Services with your Commandery or the 81st Annual Easter Sunrise Service of the Grand Encampment which will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia, on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

Remember our military men and women need your prayers especially during this Easter season.

May we all continue to pray for their safety; their well being and that they may soon be coming home.

“The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” – Psalm 118:22-23

With Warm Fraternal Regards, J. Stephen Wilson, Grand Commander.

Given under my hand and the seal of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of West Virginia, the 13th day of March A.D. 2011, A.O. 893.

By Order of:
J. Stephen Wilson, Grand Commander

G. Ray Baker, PGC
Grand Recorder



Early Easter morning when everything was still, I looked into the distance at a lonely hill. I seemed to see a vision of three great crosses there. On one a dying Savior whose head was bowed in prayer; His voice was clear and gentle as softly it came through, “Father,” He said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Another glorious Easter is on the earth today, a time for great rejoicing, when we shall sing and pray glad hallelujah phrases to laud the Son God gave, who on that Easter long ago,was victor over the grave. But let us oft remember the pain and sacrifice that gave this day its meaning.  It cost a precious price!

In His Service
Rev. Leon H. Hevner
Grand Prelate