The Grange

From Clarksdale & Coahoma County A History by Linton Weeks:

In 1875, the Grange, a secret farmer’s organization, banded together and a white frame assembly hall was constructed. Soon, this Grange Hall became the center of county activity–dances, meetings, political rallies.

From Wikipedia:

When the Grange first began in 1867, it borrowed some of its rituals and symbols from Freemasonry, including secret meetings, oaths and special passwords. It also copied ideas from Greek and Roman mythology and the Bible. Small, ceremonial farm tools are often displayed at Grange meetings. Elected officers are in charge of opening and closing each meeting. There are seven degrees of Grange membership; the ceremony of each degree relates to the seasons and various symbols and principles.

From The Grange:

Grange ritualism begins at the local or Subordinate level and at its most basic, is organized into seven degrees, the first four of which are the seasons of the year: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The county Grange proffers the Fifth Degree, the State Grange the Sixth Degree and the National Grange, the Seventh; these degrees are those of Pomona, Flora, and Ceres or Demeter.

Pomona–Roman goddess of the fruit of trees
Flora–Roman goddess of flowers and spring, fertility
Ceres–Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships.

Galatians 4:9-10 (AMP)
Now, however, since you have come to know [the true] God [through personal experience], or rather to be known by God, how is it that you are turning back again to the weak and worthless elemental principles [of religions and philosophies], to which you want to be enslaved all over again? [For example,] you observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years.

Forgive us, Lord.
O Ancient of Days, we acknowledge that You are from everlasting to everlasting. Our times are in Your hands. The times in the Mississippi Delta are in Your hands. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter are in Your hands.
Forgive us, Lord.
We acknowledge that You are our Creator. You created the soil, the water, and the atmosphere. You created seed bearing plants and all living creatures. You are the Lord of life.
Forgive us in the Mississippi Delta for turning to elemental principles of religions and philosophies in the Grange. Have mercy. Amen.

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