How to become a Freemason

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The path to Masonic membership is fairly straightforward, however there are several points to consider before you join the fraternity.

Masonry Does Not Seek, It Must Be Sought:

  • Freemasonry does not solicit new members. Men interested in joining the fraternity must inquire of membership of their own free will. This is because Freemasonry believes men who truly desire membership and seek it out will become much stronger and useful Freemasons than those who join by invitation.

Have an idea of what you’re getting into:

  • Potential members should have a general idea of what Freemasonry is all about. Freemasonry is often cited as being a “peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and represented by symbols.” This vague description means Freemasonry is a system of guidelines by which to live lifestriving to be a better and useful man to yourself, your family, and your community. It is worth talking to a Freemason at length to discuss the ins and outs of the Fraternity and if its a good fit for you.

Freemasonry is not for everyone:

  • Being a good Freemason requires work in self reflection, self discipline, and service to others. Freemasonry is not a social club nor a civic organization. Members are held to high standards and are expected to be productive members of society.

Understand Freemasonry’s time and financial obligations:

  • Becoming a Master Mason can take many months. Initiation requires the memorization and recitation of a catechism as well monthly meetings.
  • Initiation and membership carry certain financial obligations. Though fees vary from lodge to lodge, a man should understand he will be required to pay initiation fees upon his election to membership, montly membership dues, and charity requests. These time and financial obligations should not be a burden on a man’s duty to his family, occupation, or community.
  • A man will not obtain the full benefits of membership if he does not have the time to attend and participate in a reasonable number of meetings and other activities without neglecting his family and other duties. A man should examine his own lifestyle and determine if it will suit him to be a Freemason.
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Happy Chanukah

happy-chanukahWishing all a Hanukkah full of beauty and light. Happy holidays!

 

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The Grand Lodge of New York open two college Lodges

For too long, Freemasons have largely ignored colleges as potential sources of new men seeking bonds of fraternalism and association with quality men of character, experience, and maturity. That is very, very slowly starting to change. The Grand Lodge of New York is enthusiastically embracing the “Academic Lodge” concept that is being actively being promoted by the Masonic Renewal Committee, using examples developed in other East Coast jurisdictions, along with the UGLE’s “Universities Scheme.” New York Masons have established a Committee for Fraternity on Campus under the leadership pf RW Edmund “Ted” Harrison. They are currently seeking interested members to form two academic lodges in New York City—one for the Columbia University community to be called Columbia Lodge U.D., and another for the City University of New York (CUNY) community to be called Illumination Lodge U.D. Neither lodge will have any official university affiliation, and both of them will meet at the Grand Lodge headquarters building on 23rd Street, and not on either of the schools’ campuses. They will be joining the Seventh Manhattan District under the leadership pf Daniel Eckman and Earnest Hudson. Both lodges are expecting their dispensations by the beginning of the year. […]

Presently there are the following chartered Lodges:

The Harvard Lodge, Cambridge MA; Boston University Lodge, Boston MA; The Colonial Lodge No. 1821, George Washington University, DC; The Patriot No. 1957, George Mason University, Virginia; State College Lodge 770, North Carolina State University, NC; Terrapin Lodge No. 241, University of Maryland; The Eagle Lodge 1893, American University, DC.

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Freemasony lectured in Macau

A lecture is scedulled for today, the 24th November, in Macau concerning the 300 years of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster recently commemorated with a public event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The lecturer is Arnaldo Gonçalves, Professor of the Polytechnic Institute in Macau and researcher in Masonic historiography and symbolism. He is the author of an article about Freemasonry in Macau, published some years ago by Revista de Cultura, the revue of Macau Cultural Institute. It is the first initiative in more than 20 years abot the Craft taken place in Macau, now a territory under sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China. The lecture is organised by Luso-Asian Forum, an NGO focused in the intercultural exchange between Portugal and China. It is the third conference of a cycle entitled “From the Sacred to the Profane. Conferences at the Delta of the River”.

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Th Spirit of Freemasonry by Kamel Oussayef

Unknown-1Kamel Oussayef, a longtime resident of Winchester, recently published “The Spirit of Freemasonry,” his second book. It is an annotated translation of a rare manuscript written by Jean Frédérique Doszedardski in 1804, the year that Napoleon Bonaparte crown himself Emperor of the French.

The 500-page book is available at the Winchester Public Library and on the website of the Masonic Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington at scottishritenmj.org. It is divided into 12 chapters that can be read in any order.

“The Spirit of Freemasonry” as related by Doszedardski, is a compilation of fascinating excerpts from various commonplace books, descriptions of Masonic rituals and ceremonies and a few historic and religious events that have shaped the history our world.

To our delight and surprise, more trivial topics were included such as, the protocol of a “Table Lodge” where Freemasons gather in a lesser formal setting for copious meals, libations and camaraderie. It is clearly described and its strange origin and vocabulary are explained. To the initiated, “firing a cannon loaded with strong red powder” simply means “to drink a glass of red wine.” Enjoy … the book without moderation.

Doszedardski was a prominent Freemason who held the prestigious title of Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and last Degree, the highest rank in Freemasonry. He also described himself in one of his manuscripts as Doctor in Medicine, Count, Knight and former Captain. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1770.

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A Master’s Work (Robert Jackson)

 
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I’ve heard before that our job as Masons is to make more Masons. What does that mean? How do we successfully do that job? In one light, we can think that it’s just the degree work. Open the doors, get them through, either through one day classes or in the traditional method. But does simply taking a degree make a man a Mason? If you are reading this, I’m betting your answer is “no.”

So how do we do our job? Much like fatherhood, there is no real instruction manual. What is the best way to make a Mason? I would argue that making a Mason has little to do with kneeling at the altar and taking an obligation. Funneling people through the machine doesn’t make Masons. Churning the machine, however, does have an impact on the Fraternity. The importance on the ritual can be diluted, and worse yet, the Masons supportive of the machine, can burn out through a serial repetition of degree work. So, if our job is to make Masons, how else can we achieve this goal?

Throughout our lives, we rarely have a comprehensive view of the full impact of our actions, either good, or bad. Everything we do has an impact on others. Whether it is holding a door open for somebody, hanging with a friend while he’s getting his first tattoo, or cutting somebody off in traffic. Your action ripples, and at least partly determines what kind of day somebody is going to have. Beyond that, their actions from that day could impact their life for years to come (cue Butterfly Effect). Note that none of these scenarios required the recipient to be a Brother.

By being men of strong moral character, applying those working tools each day, we spread a positive opinion of the Fraternity and the Craft. A courteous and helpful hand, who just happens to be wearing a Masonic ring, could do more for our Fraternity than all of the advertising campaigns combined. More importantly, however, we are able to distribute the compassion and care that our world seems to so desperately need. I would humbly submit that the best way to create Masons, is simply by living the lessons of our Craft, spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection.

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