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Freemasonry

 

   


About Freemasonry

    

Introduction

 

Freemasonry is an “art”, using a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides, to teach moral and spiritual values.

The world-wide society of men concerned with these values is organized into a fraternity with specific rules, identical for all regular masonic bodies . The Laws and Regulations governing each Grand Lodge have been based on these rules (called the Ancient Duties), on the Landmarks (basic principles, generally accepted, which may not be revised) and masonic tradition.

 

 

Qualifications for Membership

 

The essential qualifications for admission into and continuing membership of any regular Grand Lodge are: 

1.     Belief in a Supreme Being, as a minimum prerequisite, a starting point for establishing a moral way of life.

2.     Membership is open to men over 21 years of age, of any race or religion, who can fulfil the first qualification and who are of good repute.

 

 

The Three Great Principles

 

Freemasonry strives to have its members following three great principles:

Brotherly Love - A true Freemason must not only show tolerance but also respect for every opinion of and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures. 

Charity – A true Freemason must care, not only for his own, but also for the community as a whole, and for anybody who is in need. He must practise charity both by giving money, and by voluntary individual work. 

Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

  

 

Freemasonry and Religion

 

 Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. The on ly  essential qualification required for joining is the belief in a Supreme Being. That means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. Discuss on religious subjects is not permitted at Masonic meetings. 

   

Freemasonry and Society  

Freemasonry demands from its members that they respect for the law of the country in which they live or work. Its principles encourage them to fulfil their public and private duties. The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's personal or professional interests is prohibited, and is contrary to the conditions on which he joined. His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons . Any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to the teachings of Freemasonry.  

  

 

Freemasonry and Politics  

 Freemasonry is non-political. Any discussion of political matters at Masonic meetings is forbidden.

  

Secrecy

Freemasonry is not a secret society. It centers its activities on philosophic research, morality and charity. Its aims and principles are in no way secret. Members are free to disclose their Masonic identity. Its constitutions and rules are available to the public. Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.  

  
The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with its traditional modes of recognition between members, have been the same through the ages, and do not convey clandestine information or messages.

 

 



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