What is Freemasonry
Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organizations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients.
The degrees of Freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. The candidate of these three degrees is progressively taught the meanings of the symbols of Freemasonry, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other members that he has been so initiated.
The initiations are part allegorical morality play and part lecture. The three degrees are offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organizations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies.
The basic, local organizational unit of Freemasonry is the Lodge. The Lodges are usually supervised and governed at the regional level - state, province, or national border by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient. There is no international, worldwide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry contrary to popular belief; each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognize each other as being legitimate.
What are Masons?
A group (Fraternity) of men who enjoy sharing the virtues of honesty, morality, integrity, and tolerance.
What do Masons do?
Masons contribute, not necessarily monetarily, but by living their lives in such a manner that such manner that the world is better just because they live in it.
What do you get out of Masonry?
Most men get the realization that it not necessary to receive something tangible for every good act or deed performed.
Is Masonry a religion?
NO! to become a mason a man must profess a belief in God; however, Masonry is not a religion, a substitute for, or a rival of any doctrine. Masonry does not perform functions of a church, has no claim to save souls or reform sinners.
How do you join?
You must ask a Master Mason and he in turn will be happy to guide you, and more pertinent information will be provided.
is a man who professes a faith in God. As a man of faith, he uses the tools of moral and ethical truths to serve mankind.
A Mason binds himself to like-minded men in a brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural and educational differences.
In fellowship with his brothers, a Mason finds ways in which to serve his God, his family, his fellow man, and his country.
A Mason is dedicated. He recognizes his responsibility for justice. truth, charity, enlightenment, freedom, liberty, honesty and integrity in all aspects of human endeavor.
A Mason is all this and more.
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