It is defined as “A peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols”.
So what does this mean?
Freemasonry consists of a body of men banded together for the purpose of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement and pledged to preserve our traditions. Its members endeavour to cultivate and exhibit love and charity to one another and the world at large and, as individuals, search for the truth in their being.
‘The essential condition for membership is a belief in a ‘Supreme Being’.
Freemasonry recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of loyalty and citizenship. It does not permit any of its members to discuss religious or political questions in Lodge.
It offers no financial advantages binding one Freeason to deal with another, or to support him in any way in the ordinary business relations of life.
Freemasons support a wide variety of Masonic and non-Masonic charities and good causes (see Abbey Lodges giving for 2016-2017 here) but Freemasonry is not in any financial sense a mutual-benefit society. Masonic Charities are solely for the less fortunate.
Freemasonry teaches that a man’s first duty is to his family. People should not therefore join if the associated fees and charitable contributions will be to the detriment of their loved ones.
Each Mason should be sure:
- He desires the intellectual and moral improvement of himself and others
- He is willing to devote time, means and efforts in the promotion of brotherly love, relief and truth
- He seeks no commercial, social or pecuniary advantages; and
- He is able to afford the necessary expenditure without detriment to himself or his dependants.
As we progress on our Masonic journeys we begin to understand the advantages of membership and the additional meaning it brings to our lives. We joined because someone we knew, admired or loved – a friend or family member – was a Freemason, and they wanted to share with us what they enjoyed, and we wanted to experience it too.
In East Lancashire we want Freemasonry to be fun, dignified and stimulating. This may be achieved through your quest for knowledge, giving back to society, gaining new friends from all backgrounds and age groups, self-improvement or achievement. There is nothing quite like Freemasonry elsewhere in life!
Here are some quotes from Freemasons that they attribute to their membership of a Lodge:-
We enjoy distinctive meetings not available in other organisations followed by dinner amongst friends.
Freemasonry has well managed fund raising and giving activities.
Our meetings are mentally stimulating, sometimes challenging, always enjoyable.
The history of Freemasonry and its links with society generally are fascinating.
We are reminded to consider our moral outlook and character – this system for living has made me a much better father, family member, colleague and Mason.
I have developed increased confidence, especially with public speaking and on a social level.
We meet with like minded people from differing backgrounds on equal terms.
We share journeys of personal development together.
My wife enjoys Freemasonry too and is very active on our Lodge Social and Ladies Committee.
Come down to Whalley Masonic Hall and have a look around, meet some Freemasons and ask any questions you have.
Our mantra is ‘Always a warm welcome at Whalley’.