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Freemasonry Questions

Freemasonry Questions

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies and which originated in Scotland. Lodge Southern Cross No.398 is what is known as a “Scottish Lodge on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland“. Below, we try to explain Freemasonry as it is practised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Scottish Lodges around the world.

So What is it Actually?

Freemasonry is a society of men (there are however Female and Mixed Lodges) concerned with moral and spiritual values. Members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas – think of these as plays acted out by the members, each with a unique lesson. These remain substantially the same form used in Scottish stonemasons lodges, and use Scottish stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Who Can Become a Freemason?

The short answer is; any man above a specific age with some conditions. What are these conditions? The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being, the Supreme Being in question is the one chosen by each member according to their Faith and Religion. Important also is that the Supreme Being the member places their Faith in is Benevolent.

Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

The minimum age which someone may be to join is 21 years old, with the exception of candidates who are a son of a Master Mason, in which case they may be referred to as a Lewis and may apply to join the Lodge at the age of 18 years old.

Is Freemasonry a Religion or Alternative?

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute or alternative for religion. The one essential qualification means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects and encourages them to continue to follow their own faith. It is not permitted for Freemasons to discuss religion at Masonic meetings.

What are the 3 Great Principles?

For a Freemason, there are 3 Principles all members are encouraged to follow and hold dear to themselves;

Brotherly Love

Freemasons will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Relief

Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care – not only for their own – but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Truth

Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

In Short, What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a society that encourages it’s members to do their duty first to their God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice. He is expected to, without detriment to his family and dependents, be charitable and offer service to his neighbour.

Of course, these are not exclusive ideas to Freemason’s and should be universally acceptable, but Freemason’s are expected to follow them.

Become a Freemason

Are you interested in becoming a Freemason, or would just like to know more? Please feel free to Contact us by filling in the form on our Contact Page, by leaving us a message on our Facebook Page or by emailing us at; LodgeSouthernCross398@gmail.com.

Grand Lodge Visit to Kaduna, Nigeria
Lodge Charity, No.1343 visited by Grand Lodge. Kaduna, Nigeria.