Rabia Temple No.8 held their inaugural Day of Remembrance outside of their Springfield to commemorate loved ones lost in 2021. The community was invited and inspired to list the names of family and friends or those dear to them on their constructed signature wall outside the temple. Participants were also inspired to light a candle which represents the love and light their loved ones leave with their family members whom continue to mourn and celebrate their legacy. The color coded candles signified: ‘Red for the blood and spark from God to man; yellow for old age, the signs of vigor and strength no longer seen; and green for immortality of the soul and the undeviating faith’.
Following a prayer for comfort, strength and support and moment of silence, the crowd released three doves into the sky. The Doves were symbolically chosen because they carry forth the love and that continues to shine in the hearts of their loved ones.
“As time goes on we have to remember our family members and not forget what they did here on earth. This covid and other calamities can strike at any time. Our mantra is to serve others” said member Ill. Potentate Alonzo L Wilson III.
Rabia Temple No.8 Ancient Egyptian Arabic Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America Jurisdiction PHA. Inc., was organized in 1974. Rabia is one of the 257 Temples throughout the world and is in 47 States and is the oldest Temple in the World. Jacksonville’s Temple No.8 is the oldest active Prince Hall Shrine temple in a state which boasts some of the oldest temples in the nation. Shown is Claudette Watts writing the name of her loved one as husband Noble Byron Watts looks on.