What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a society of men who meet on a regular basis in Lodges and enact a series of ritual dramas which follow ancient form and use stonemason’s customs and tools as descriptive guides.
English freemasonry has been in existence since 1751 and the basis of the ritual dramas has not changed. Freemasonry meetings, in common with many other organisations, are private and, as might be expected, only open to members.
Each Lodge has officers and at its head is the Worshipful Master (a position that is usually only held for one year). The officer positions are structured in such a way that brethren advance annually to the next office and learn more of the ritual, on their progression to the masters chair. Taking office is not compulsory as most brethren enjoy their membership involvement and are happy just to watch the ceremonies performed.
Over and above these principles is the practice of charity. Freemasonry from its earliest days has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This continues today and is not just restricted to distressed freemasons but also to the distressed in the community. There are Freemasons Lodges throughout the world further extending it’s branches of charity. Through the personal generosity of Freemasons their charities are amongst the largest in the country.
Following a meeting brethren usually retire to a social and convivial festive board consisting of a dinner with wine incorporating toasts and speeches referring to the ceremony enacted in the meeting and freemasonry in general.
It would be remiss of us to leave it at that. English freemasonry is governed by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and should you wish to further extend your interest we strongly advise that you read the more in depth explanations on it’s website
This brief explanation is meant to provide an ‘easy read’ approach to freemasonry in general however, we have produced a more in-depth guidance with connections to our lodge for you to download…
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