The Freemason society is a brotherhood of men who strive to better themselves and the world around them through the teachings of Freemasonry.
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Introduction to Freemasonry
The Freemasons is a fraternal society that has its roots in the late medieval period. It is open to men of all faiths who meet certain basic qualifications. Freemasonry is based on the premise that all men are equal and that they are brothers, regardless of race, religion, or social status. The society teaches tolerance, charity, and self-improvement.
Freemasonry uses a variety of symbolism to teach its lessons. Its members meet in lodges, which are symbolic of the individual’s journey through life. The lodge is also a symbol of the universe, and Masonic rituals often make use of astronomical symbols.
There are three main degrees in Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Each degree has its own set of rituals and symbols. In addition to these degrees, there are also several side degrees that Freemasons can pursue if they so desire.
The History of Freemasonry
Masonry (or Freemasonry) is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. During the 17th century, Freemasonry was greatly influenced by the rituals of the medieval stonemasons’ guilds, or lodges. The membership of these lodges was strictly limited to working stonemasons and architecture students, but early in the 18th century, membership was opened up to men of all classes who shared the values of FREEDOM, EQUALITY and FRATERNITY.
The exact beginnings of Freemasonry are unclear, but it is known that it arose from anetwork of professional stonemasons who were members of craft lodges in England during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. There is evidence that some Masonic lodges existed in Scotland as early as the 1590s, but the first Lodge under a Grand Lodge (the governing body of Freemasonry) was not established until London in 1717.
Since its formation, Freemasonry has been influential in both political and social spheres. In Europe during the Enlightenment, many prominent thinkers and philosophers were Masons, such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. In America, George Washington and 13 other Presidents were Masons.
The Freemason society is a worldwide fraternal organization that traces its origins back to the local fraternities of stonemasons that built the cathedrals and castles of Europe in the Middle Ages. Freemasonry today has millions of members who meet regularly in local lodges, or chapters, to perform rituals, socialize, and engage in charitable work. While Freemasonry is not a religion, its members are expected to believe in a Supreme Being and to live by a moral code based on the tenants of brotherly love, relief, and truth.
What Freemasons Believe
Freemasonry is built on the belief that every man, regardless of his background or station in life, has a fundamental opportunity to improve himself.
We also believe in the resolve of men to work together for the common good. These beliefs have sustained Freemasonry for centuries and continue to make it relevant today.
Masons are taught to practice charity and care for the less fortunate, to be faithful to their families and country, and to develop self-control and integrity.
How to Become a Freemason
To become a Freemason, you must:
1. Be a man over the age of 21
2. Belief in a Supreme Being
3. Of good moral character
4. A desire to improve yourself and make the world a better place
5. A willingness to abide by the rules and regulations of Freemasonry
6. A willingness to take part in the activities of Freemasonry, including attending meetings and participating in charitable events
The Structure of Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that arose from obscure origins in the late fourteenth century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world with membership estimated at around six million. The aims of Freemasonry are to promote Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love among its members.
Masons, or Freemasons, meet as a lodge. A lodge is a group of Masons who meet regularly, usually once a month, in a building called a Masonic Hall. The structure of Freemasonry at the local level is based on the hierarchical system of Ancient Craft Masonry. This system includes the following:
-Lodge: A lodge is the basic organizational unit of Freemasonry. Each lodge is either self-governing or governed by another body, such as a grand lodge or provincial grand lodge.
-Grand Lodge: A grand lodge is the governing body of Freemasonry in a particular jurisdiction, such as England, Ireland, or Scotland.
-Provincial Grand Lodge: A provincial grand lodge is similar to a grand lodge, but it governs Masons in a smaller geographic area within a jurisdiction.
-District Grand Lodge: A district grand lodge is similar to a provincial grand lodge, but it governs Masons in an even smaller geographic area within a jurisdiction.
Freemasonry and Charity
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that is committed to charitable work and self-improvement. Freemasons strive to make themselves better men through moral and spiritual development, and they also work to make society as a whole better through their charitable efforts.
One of the most important Masonic charities is the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which provides financial assistance to Freemasons and their families in need. The Grand Charity also supports other worthwhile causes, such as medical research, education, and disaster relief.
Another important Masonic charity is the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, which provides care for aging and infirm Freemasons and their dependents. The RMBI runs several retirement homes around England and Wales where residents can receive the care they need in a supportive environment.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution are just two of the many ways that Freemasonry works to improve the lives of its members and those around them. If you would like to learn more about Freemasonry or get involved in its charitable work, please visit our website or contact us today.
Freemasonry and Politics
Since its establishment in the early 18th century, Freemasonry has been the subject of many conspiracy theories. Some of these theories link the Freemasons to political conspiracies, while others claim that the organization is secretly control global affairs.
There is no evidence to support these claims, and Freemasonry does not have any official position on political matters. However, some individual Freemasons have been involved in political scandals, and the organization has occasionally been accused of being too close to certain governments.
Freemasonry and Religion
While Freemasonry is not a religion, it is comprised of men who have a belief in a Supreme Being. In order to become a Freemason, a man must have a belief in a Supreme Being, and he must declare this belief when he applies to become a member of the fraternity. There are many Freemasons who are members of different religions. The fraternity recognizes that each individual has the right to his own religious beliefs, and that each religion has its own way of expressing these beliefs. Freemasonry does not try to replace a man’s religion, but it does try to build upon it.
There are many famous Freemasons who have made their mark on society throughout history. Some of the most notable Freemasons include:
-George Washington: The first president of the United States was a Freemason. He was initiated into a lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1752.
-Benjamin Franklin: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was also a Freemason. He was initiated into a lodge in Philadelphia in 1731.
-Winston Churchill: The British Prime Minister during World War II, Winston Churchill was a Freemason. He was initiated into a lodge in London in 1901.
-Voltaire: The French philosopher Voltaire was a Freemason. He was initiated into a lodge in Paris in 1778.