About Masonry

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MASON?

It means being part of an unbroken tradition that stretches back over 500 years to a time when guilds of Freemasons traveled throughout Europe laying the stones of the great Gothic cathedrals.

It means sharing the values of our nation’s founding fathers – among them George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Paul Revere – all Masons who lived their lives by the principles of loyalty, patriotism, liberty, courage, and faith, which are also deeply embedded in Freemasonry.

It means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships through Masonic Brotherhood that transcend the boundaries of race, religion, and culture, as well as those of geography.

But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking or expecting anything in return.

IS FREEMASONRY A RELIGION?

Freemasonry is not a religion. In fact, discussing religion is forbidden in Masonic meetings. Every man desiring to become a Mason must believe in a Supreme Being; how each man views that deity is their own personal belief. Masonic meetings open and close with a prayer but not as a place of worship or a church.

WHO BECOMES A MASON?

Men who become Masons come from all walks of life and levels of income. They represent every race, creed, and culture.

In Masonry, it doesn’t matter whether a man is a bricklayer or a physician, a waiter or the mayor of the city. All are “on the same level” in the Lodge room.

Members can find brother Masons wherever they go. Across the country and around the world, there are Lodges in nearly every city and in many smaller communities.

It’s a good feeling to know that, wherever a man’s travels may take him, he has friends he can depend upon and trust.

THE MASONIC TENETS

Freemasonry is built upon three basic tenets – Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Brotherly Love is the practice of the Golden Rule. Relief embodies charity for all mankind. Truth is honesty, fair play, and adherence to the cardinal virtues of Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice.

These moral lessons are taught during three ceremonies, or “degrees” through allegory and symbolism using the traditional stonemasons tools.

MASONIC SECRECY

Freemasonry is not a secret organization although some aspects are kept just amongst the members. The “Secrets” that Masons possess are various ways of identifying each other and our meetings are closed to non members. Most aspects are public, such as our philanthropy, what we are about, many of our events, and more.

GIVING FREELY OF YOURSELF AND ASKING NOTHING IN RETURN

Selfless giving is a trademark of Freemasonry. Locally, Masonic Lodges may offer scholarships to students pursuing higher education; they may conduct Child Identification programs in coordination with local police departments; they may also volunteer their time in a host of other ways for the betterment of their local community.

Nationally, Masons contribute nearly $2 million every day to relieve suffering and for the enrichment of mankind. Masons are the founding sponsors and supporters of the Shriners Burns Institutes and the Shriners Hospitals for Children, both of which offer their services free of charge; the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program helps children with speech and language disorders throughout the United States, while numerous other Masonic affiliated organizations support worthy and needed causes.

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