Le secret maçonnique — Hiram.be

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Boris Nicaise est membre de la Grande Loge de Belgique après avoir été initié au Grand Orient. Il est l’auteur de plus de vingt livres. « Le secret maçonnique » est son huitième ouvrage maçonnique. La société civile contemporaine n’apprécie guère le maintien de secrets que la… Cet article Le secret maçonnique est apparu en premier sur…

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La Grande Loge d’Espagne félicite le pape pour le dialogue entre les religions — Hiram.be

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C’est par un article de il Giornale.it que l’on apprend que la Grande Loge d’Espagne, l’obédience régulière espagnole, réputée proche de la GLNF, a remercié le pape pour sa position sur le dialogue interreligieux : (…) La Grande Logia de España a salué l’homélie faite par… Cet article La Grande Loge d’Espagne félicite le pape pour…

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Freemasons

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Freemasons today use the terms “operative” and “speculative” to describe the difference between two types of Freemasonry. Operative Masonry refers to the time before the 18th Century where Masons were really working with stones, chisels and hammers. After the operative Masons began to be replaced by “admitted” and gentlemen the Order changed into a philosophical, fraternal and in some countries charitable organization that become known as “speculative” Freemasonry. As identifying symbols Masons adopted the working tools of the operative Freemasons, namely the square, the compasses, and the level. 

In previous lectures in the Lodge, we talk about the mythical origins of the Brotherhood that date back to the building of King Solomon in Jerusalem, in 1000 BC. King Solomon’s Temple was the greatest and most magnificent monument to man’s faith in God, constructed during the Biblical era. The generally accepted historic origins of modern Freemasonry can be traced to the stonemason’s guilds that were formed during the Middle Ages in Scotland, England and France. As early as the 18th century, Masons were being organized and instructed by Charles Martel in France. The earliest English documents claim that Athelstan, who was reputedly the first King of all England, organized a guild of Masons in York in 926 AD. 

There is a great historical discussion where the term Freemason comes from. Some historians say that the members of the mason guilds were not required to stay in a certain city so they were free to travel and look for work, so the term “free” masons. Other historians say that it can be a shortening of the term “freestone mason”, referring to a kind of soft stone that can be carved, like sandstone or limestone. In this case it opposed to the harder rock with heavy grain that need to be split. The Freemasons know how to build gothic cathedrals and castles from massive stone and they know the science of geometry. Mason guarded these secrets and the knowledge was not even shared to bishops, priests or kings who empowered the Masons. Because this group was a craft guild, its members today refer to Freemasonry as the Craft. 

The oldest surviving document recording rules of the Freemasons is the Regius Manuscript which is guarded in the British Museum. Some historians say that this document was a copy of an even older document, probably from the 11th or 12th centuries. The Regius Manuscript describes a series of rules that establish the standards of morality and conduct Masons should abide by. It covers standards of workmanship, a moral code, rules for membership and a strong desire for friendship among the members. Although the rules changed somehow through the centuries, the essential structure of direction for today’s Masonic lodges are to be found in this document.

Guilds were developed to train men in the skills required to construct these buildings, to enforce standards of workmanship, and to hold their members to high standards and also – we should never forget – to protect their valuable secrets. If everybody knows how to do it, it would not be a highly paid job anymore. And if you know the “secrets” you could travel and work all over the country where the guild was working.

Master Masons were, according to the tradition, in possession of the Master’s word and a secret grip, methods these workmen used to recognize each other. It was a simply quick to identify oneself as a trained member of a guild, as business cards and diplomas have not been invented yet. Apprentices began as young as age 12 and were under the tutorship of a Master for seven years. After these years they went through an initiation ceremony.

Le surréalisme et la franc-maçonnerie — Hiram.be

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Dans le cadre de l’émission Divers aspects de la pensée contemporaine, sur France Culture ce dimanche 6 janvier à 9h40, Daniel Morfouace recevra pour le Grand Orient de France Patrick Lepetit. Le thème de l’émission sera : Le surréalisme et la Franc-Maçonnerie. Patrick Lepetit commence par… Cet article Le surréalisme et la franc-maçonnerie est apparu en…

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The issue 66 of the revue Franc-Maçonnerie was published — Hiram.be

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Le numéro de Janvier-Février 2019 du magazine Franc-Maçonnerie magazine est maintenant en kiosque. Son focus est consacré à « Eglise et franc-maçonnerie, Les coulisses d’un moment historique ? » Dans son éditorial titré « Un moment historique ? », Jean-Marc Vésinet, le rédacteur en chef du magazine nous explique… Cet article Franc-Maçonnerie magazine N° 66 est sorti est apparu…

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