What To Expect From Masonry
Masonry does not guarantee or ensures anything, however, it teaches us ideals and helps us find our own way to a better life
Firm in Resolve
Masonry is hard work and isn’t always exciting.
The expectation is for our members to help others in destitute circumstance and in dedicating their time to improving themselves as moral, wise and upstanding members of society is a firm resolve.
Sound of Mind
Upon becoming initiated, it is required to learn a series of catechisms for each of the three corresponding Blue Lodge degrees.
An instructor can only impart these catechisms verbally, they cannot be written down or recorded in any other fashion.
These questions and answers are lengthy and in an older, less common form of English. It can often take a year just to learn the first set of catechisms for the first degree.
Once these are learned, they must be recited entirely from memory before the Lodge to be judged as proficient or not.
Consistency of Spirit
Our meetings typically consist of performing degree work to initiate others, learning, practicing the work or discussing upcoming activities.
We expect our members to attend, and participate as often as they can and when they are genuinely able to.
Participation in Lodge activities is always encouraged.
Pure of Heart
Masonry is not designed for financial, political, or social gain.
It is possible that these may occur naturally, but joining with the intent of increasing one’s own status in any means will be met with rejection.
Freemasonry is not a cult. It does not perform cult or satanic or magical rituals.
Contributer of the Craft
There are one-time fees collected for the conferring of each of three degrees.
After that, a Mason pays yearly dues to the Lodge of which he has become a member.
Dues are for supporting the lodge and it's charitable activities.
Peaceful Member of Society
We require our members to be excellent, upstanding individuals of the society in which they live.
To always walk upright and uphold the masonic teachings and morals.
A mason should act accordingly anywhere he is or he goes
What To Expect From Masonry
What's after being a Master Mason
Having been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, you have reached a level where you're able to vote, hold office, visit other lodges if found worthy, and benefit from all of the rights and privileges associated with being a Master Mason.
You also find yourself faced with many interesting opportunities and challenges. On one hand, you can enjoy the satisfaction of having experienced a unique set of degrees the purpose of which is to provide you with the essential elements of a philosophy of living day-to-day life. You have bound yourself to an ancient brotherhood based on shared moral values and the aspiration of living an admirable life. The brothers of this Lodge have invested many hours in teaching you basic principles, lectures, and other important material to support this end.
You will hear of other opportunities in organized Freemasonry such as the York Rite bodies, the Scottish Rite, and social organizations. You may find people encouraging your involvement and even offering you petitions for membership.
It quickly becomes clear that you have discovered the tip of a very large iceberg. We all know the essence of Freemasonry is contained within the lectures and experiences of the first 3° and should remember the lessons of the Fellowcraft degree of monitoring us to approach each challenge as a student of the Liberal Arts and Sciences always endeavoring to study, learn, and grow as a Mason.
It would be wise for you to attend Lodge regularly to again witness the work being presented. You should ask questions of those around you and consult with knowledgeable brothers about the questions you have regarding any aspect of Freemasonry.
The brothers around you have limitations. However, it is the wise brother who will answer a difficult question with "I'm not sure, but we can find out together." It would also be wise for you to begin to expand your reading list to see what other great minds have said about Freemasonry and be prepared to discuss your readings with those around you to help determine what elements of truth are contained within those writings as well as which writings have been written from a misguided or misinformed view of Freemasonry.
As the newest Master Mason to join our ranks, it becomes your responsibility to demonstrate the initiative to seek more light in masonry, ask questions, pursue existing knowledge, and begin to think your own thoughts, and develop your own understanding of what Freemasonry is and can be in your life. This is, indeed, a lifelong process as you continue to work at improving your personal "Masterpiece" which will be presented to the Great Architect of the Universe when we are called from this lodge to the grand lodge above.
This chart helps detail the order, degrees, and appendant bodies of Freemasonry
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“To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race."
- George Washington, First worshipful master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22