Mothers Day Pancake Breakfast White Rock Elks 431
The White Rock Elks 431, established in1958 honors the tradition of Elk's Mother’s Day Ceremony with a special Pancake Breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Elks of Canada have many Celebrations. Mothers Day has been celebrated in a special ceremony since the foundation of Elks of Canada in 1912.
A Bit of History on Elks Mother’s Day Celebration.
Traditionally before the ceremony begins each Elks pins a carnation to their lapel, a red one for a living Mother, or a white one for a departed Mother.
The President of the Club opens the ceremony with the following passage.
"Our purpose in meeting here today is to show our deep and lasting recognition of a Mother's influence as a continuous, predominant force in our lives. In this way we are responding to the deep sense of reverence for Motherhood, which finds universal expression throughout Canada on the second Sunday of May in every year. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, for which we are proud to be members, has taken a leading part in the promotion of this celebration of Mother's Day across the country. Our Ceremonial today represents our part in that celebration, and we welcome gladly your participation in it.
Because Remembrance, Benevolence, Protection and Inspiration - the highest attributes of Motherhood - find a cherished place in the code and life of every Elk, we join in this service with what we feel is our own."
"Let me suggest that in this hour we should stay the flight of time, and fortify ourselves with Remembrance of Mother's Benevolence and Protection. Let us encourage the flow of the Inspiration that this celebration in her honour naturally brings to us. Let us wander, for a brief spell, back through those Golden Gates which Memory has left ajar for us. May we proclaim again our Reverence and our Love, and maintain in ever-increasing measure our Loyalty and our Devotion through the years to come."
"Not for the star-crowned heroes,
The men who conquer and slay,
But a song for those who bore them:
The Mothers, braver than they."
" We have arranged this simple ceremony in honour of Mother. We realize that full justice to such a subject can scarcely be done by any human being, or assemblage of human beings.
We might fill this room with the rarest and most fragrant flowers, a Celestial Choir might sing the sweetest songs, silver-tongued orators might do their best to sway you with their eloquence, but all of these would fail to pay adequate tribute to the theme of this occasion. Songs and addresses, coupled as they may be with the best our Service of Remembrance can offer, may do no more than remind us of the debt we owe. This, my Friends, is a debt we can never repay in full."
"You have heard in the past many references to Mother as ‘The One Who Went Into the Valley of the Great Shadow in order that we might have our being'. How true that is! And how
many shadows has this ever-faithful guardian endured so that you and I might be equipped with the forces of life! Where could we find another who would make the sacrifices, suffer the pains and continue to face the storms of life so that the child might be protected? Who can measure the value of that priceless jewel, a Mother's Love? If there is a treasure-chest in which to place the jewels of Love, Kindness, self-sacrifice, Devotion and Patience, It must be adorned with a Mother's heart."
"From the cradle to the grave this treasure-house has poured out its blessings to guide, to heal and to cherish mankind. There is no thought of reward or recompense for the hours of patient waiting at the bedside of sickness, or for the pain and disappointment on those occasions when you or I may have failed to fulfil a Mother's deepest longings and desires for us."
"Who are the real heroes of Life? Are they the great leaders of nations, the generals, the statesmen, the financiers, the scientists, the philosophers, the poets and the geniuses? Or are they the quiet, patient, unselfish Queens of every home - the women who have planted in the hearts of their men the Inspiration for the acts which brought fame to them?"
"We do not need to go far afield in order to make the test of a Mother's devotion. We have countless examples of it in our own country, in our own Province, in the home of every Elk. You Brothers and Sisters who are wearing the red carnation today in honour of the Mother who still lives, know all about her sacrifices. You can feel, too, the influence of the Love that fills her wonderful heart, the heart that would give life-blood for you. Today the white flower is to honour the memory of the Mother who has laid down her burdens, and who rests from her labours, have the recollection of that sweet and noble face to encourage you, and to cheer you on in the battles of life."
"Tonight (today) let us blend the red with the white, and link them both with the golden chain of Respect and Affection for the best friend we have ever known, represented by the finest word in our language - Mother."
excerpts from the Elks Mother's Day Ceremony Service.
Date and Time
Sunday May 14, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
White Rock Elks 431
White Rock Elks 431 604-538-4016