What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and
largest fraternity. It is comprised of adult men (18+) of good
character from every country, religion, race, age, income,
education, and opinion, who believe in a Supreme Being. Its
body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each
man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his
family, faith, country, and fraternity.
(often simplified to “Masonry”) enhances and strengthens the character
of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship,
charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic
tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The Massachusetts Grand Lodge
is a crowning legacy of this venerable heritage as we strive to “make
good men better.”
attending Masonic Lodge meetings and learning from your fellow Masons,
you’ll strengthen the bonds of fellowship as you join together with
like-minded men who share ideals of both a moral and metaphysical
nature. You’ll enjoy the friendship of other Masons in the community,
and you’ll be welcomed as a “brother” by Masons everywhere in the
world. Freemasonry also promises that should you ever be overtaken by
misfortune, sickness, or adversity through no fault of your own, the
hands of our great fraternity will be stretched forth to aid and assist
its earliest days, charity has been the most visible Masonic activity.
Freemasons have always been devoted to caring for disadvantaged
children, the sick and the elderly. In fact, Masons in North America
give away approximately $3 million to national and local charities each
day, of which more than 70% is directed toward the general public.
Masons are also actively involved in a great deal of community
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has advocated the education of its members
since its earliest years. Its ceremonies provide instruction to all
members, supplemented by various other activities such as seminars,
lectures, workshops, and reading. Because Freemasonry is an esoteric
society, certain aspects of its work are not generally disclosed to the
public. Freemasonry uses an initiatory system of degrees to explore
ethical and philosophical issues, and the system is less effective if
the observer knows beforehand what will happen. It is described in
Masonic craft ritual as "a beautiful system of morality veiled in
allegory and illustrated by symbols."
offers its members leadership opportunities at the lodge, District, and
Grand Lodge level. As Freemasons progress through the Craft, they
discover different aspects of themselves and develop a range of skills
that even they might not have known they possessed. By developing
leadership techniques that fit their personality, Masons unlock the
door to their full potential. For more than 10 years the Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts has sponsored the Masonic
Leadership Institute for its members to
strengthen leadership within our Fraternity and to contribute to the
personal growth of Massachusetts Masons.
Frequently Asked Questions about Freemasonry
Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
Freemasonry has publicly displayed buildings and our members are always
willing to discuss their Masonic affiliation and the work we do.
Freemasons participate in public events such as parades and work
publicly in charities in their local area. Our yearly installations of
Officers are open to the public. Freemasons do keep many of their
formal ceremonies private to preserve longstanding traditions.
Can I join Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is open to adult men of all races and religions. If you are interested in Masonic membership:
- The three requirements for joining Masonry are simple:
- you must be at least 18 years of age,
- of good moral character,
- and have a belief in a supreme being.
- Masonry is open to men of all races and religions that meet the above age, moral, and belief requirements.
- The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts does not
have strict requirements governing exactly which Lodge (geographically
speaking) within the state you must join. We generally recommend that
you join a Lodge within reasonable driving distance of your work or
home so that you can attend and enjoy Lodge frequently. If Littleton is
not a reasonable distance from where you are, you can contact us and we can help you locate a Lodge closer to where you are.
- Freemasonry is unique among organizations
in that we exist only to promote brotherhood, moral behavior, and
perform charitable work. If you are interested in membership,
please contact us. We will set up a time where you can come in and meet with us to learn more about Freemasonry and Tahattawan Lodge.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
While Freemasons are encouraged to worship in the religious institution
of their own choosing, and while Freemasons all must have a belief in a
Supreme Being, Freemasonry is not a religion. In fact, one of the two
issues that cannot be discussed in a Lodge is religion (The other is
Why don't Masons discuss Religion or Politics in a Lodge?
the early days of Masonry, discussions of Religion or Politics have
been prohibited. It is felt that these are subjects that tend to
separate men, rather than bring them together. Since the Masonic
fraternity prides itself on warm, harmonious relationships between
members, we avoid any discussion of religion or politics.
If I choose to join, what will I encounter in the Masonic degrees?
degree ceremonies are like plays that are performed by the Officers of
the Lodge for the candidates. The degree ceremonies are intended to
teach lessons of friendship, morality, charity, and Brotherly love.
There is never anything embarrassing or intimidating to the
candidate in any of the ceremonies.
I have heard that Masons take an "obligation" - what is this obligation?
take an obligation to help fellow Masons to the best of their ability.
However, whenever this obligation is mentioned it is always preceded
with a statement wherein the Mason acknowledges that obligations to his
God, his country, his neighbor, his family, and himself come first,
I have other questions about Freemasonry. How can I get them answered?
We're happy to answer any of your questions. Just contact us and we will respond to you by email, US Mail, or telephone, per your preference.
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