Lets start with ‘What is Freemasonry?’
It is a body of men united with the same aims: Friendship, charity and integrity. In masonic terms they are called: Brotherly love, relief and truth.
Brotherly Love – by showing tolerance, fairness, respect and kindness to others.
Relief – Practising charity and care for freemasons and the wider community as a whole.
Truth – Honesty and high moral standards in all aspects of life.
Freemasonry teaches moral lessons and citizenship through participation in symbolic ‘plays’ which we refer to as ‘ceremonies’.
To be a Freemason a belief in a supreme being who we refer to as the ‘Great Architect’ is required.
This allows our membership to be made up of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and others. The ‘Great Architect’ embraces all faiths. We make our promises on the Volume of the Sacred Law . For Christians this is the Bible. For others it is the Holy Book of their religion, e.g. the Koran.
After our Lodge Meeting we usually dine. This is referred to as the Festive Board. The formalities of the Lodge Meeting give way to less formal socialising over a meal. This gives the opportunity to converse with friends both old and new in the form of visitors from other Lodges. Some Lodges invite interested non-masons to the Festive Board. Abbey is one such Lodge. To come and meet some Freemasons email us to arrange your visit.
Want to find out more? Here is a link to the Grand Lodge of England’s Solomon resource site. You don’t need to generate an account or sign-in.
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