Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably, it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.
In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several. There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.
Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million, including approximately 150,000 under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland, over a quarter of a million under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England, and just under two million in the United States.
Membership of the Craft is open to every respectable man who believes in his personal Supreme Being – usually known in Masonic terms as the Great Architect of the Universe, Grand Geometrician of the Universe or Most High. These descriptive names show the importance the Freemason places on his Supreme Being in the order of things in Life.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Freemason, please send an e-mail to [email protected] a phone number on which you would be happy to receive a call. Someone will get in touch with you to have a chat about Becoming a Freemason and answer any questions you may have. This could take place via e-mail if preferred. If you are still interested in becoming a Freemason a private meeting would be arranged. Should you then wish to take things further, someone else will also wish to meet you and they would ultimately be your supporters in your application. One of these meetings would probably be at your home, and they may wish to speak to some friends or family members as well. There is nothing to be concerned about, these meetings are to help your sponsors get to know you and feel able to propose you with confidence. It will allow you to get to know them too! They then arrange an interview with senior members of the Lodge who will ask you probably much the same questions. All being well, your name will go before the brethren at the next Lodge meeting for your candidature to be approved. If approved, a slot will be found in the program for your initiation ceremony. Your supporters will explain what is involved and reassure you , if you have heard any alarming reports as to what that may entail. Remember, Freemasonry is about brotherly love, truth, and relief.