Are Masons encouraged to be active in their community?

We try to teach every Mason to be a good citizen and to perform his civic duties. We do not try to keep anyone from expressing his opinion or from serving his city, county, state or nation in an honorable manner. However, anyone who serves in political office should not act politically as a Freemason, or in the name of Freemasonry, in exercising his rights - such as showing affiliation with any lodge in his campaign advertising.

What are the qualifications of a Petitioner in the United States?

First, he must be a man. Second, he must believe in a Supreme Being. Third, in New York he must be 18 years of age. Finally, he must be able to read and write English.

Why is it called the Blue Lodge?

We are not sure where the name Blue Lodge originated. There are three reasons that could explain why this term originated.

It could be because blue is generally regarded to be the color of truth and fidelity, and these are the basic teachings of the Craft.

Blue also is the color used to characterize friendship, as in a true blue friend.

Finally, blue has been used to trim and decorate Masonic aprons, collars and clothing down through the ages, and this could be why we call it the Blue Lodge.

How can a candidate prepare himself for initiation?

To receive the greatest benefit from the initiation ceremonies, a candidate should first prepare his mind for its reception. He should not be apprehensive and should enter the lodge with the attitude which will enable him to appreciate the serious and solemn ceremonies through which he will pass. The candidate should pay strict attention to every part of the ceremony in order that he may gain as much understanding as possible of the teachings of Freemasonry.

The methods used in teaching are allegory and symbolism and will be new and unusual to the candidate. These methods have been used for almost three centuries and have not changed very much since they were originated. Finally, he should understand that every Mason in the lodge room is his friend and soon to be his brother.

Is there any horseplay or hazing during the ceremonies?

There is no place for horseplay or hazing during Masonic ceremonies, and the candidate can be assured there will be none. The rituals are serious and solemn, and are to teach spiritual lessons with great dignity.

Anything which is told the candidate in a joking manner or otherwise, serves only to desecrate the honorable purposes of Freemasonry. The candidate should have no apprehension about entering a lodge. He is always entering a society of friends and brothers, where he will be treated with dignity and decorum at all times.

What do Freemasons support?

Freemasonry is not a fraternity or association of men banded together for social, political or economic advantages. Our foundation is built on a philosophy of friendship and brotherly love, but we also make many worthwhile contributions to our society.

There have been many famous Masons who have made considerable contributions for the benefit of Humanity. Some of the better known are: George Washington, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, Harry Truman, John Glenn, Gerald Ford, Davey Crockett, Sam Houston, James Bowie, Simon Bolivar, Juan Pablo Duarte, Harry Houdini, Fiorello H. La Guardia, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ringling Brothers, Washington T Booker, Voltaire, Walt Disney, Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus and countless others.