Why are Freemasons so secretive?
Not so, Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are actively encouraged to do so.
Is Freemasonry only for men?
No, Freemasonry is not confined to men, Womens’ Lodges do exist and any female wanting information on these can be made available to interested persons.
How many Freemasons are there?
Under the United Grand Lodge (which oversees England, Wales and certain Districts overseas) there are 200,000+ members, whilst worldwide there are thought to be approximately 6 million.
What happens at a Lodge meeting?
The meeting is normally in 3 parts
- Administration – matters of an administrative nature
- Ceremonial – admitting new members or the annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers.
- Festive board – a term used to describe a meal / drinks after the ‘business of the day’.
Why do Freemasons take Oaths?
- New members make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society.
- Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family, public obligations or the laws of the land.
Do only new Freemasons go through the ceremonies?
Every Freemason has taken the same three degree oaths / ceremonies irrespective of their background – a great leveller in society !
Why do Freemasons wear Aprons?
Wearing aprons and regalia is both historic and symbolic and similar to any uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?
Basic Freemasonry, known as Craft Freemasonry, consists of three degrees each with its own ceremony :
1st Degree : Entered Apprentice
2nd Degree : Fellowcraft
3rd Degree : Master Mason
There are additional Masonic Orders that extend a Freemason’s experience beyond the Craft and confer other degrees of membership.
Do Freemasons give preferential commercial benefits to their members?
Absolutely not ! This would be totally unacceptable and probably lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining a Lodge, each member must clearly state that he expects no material gain from membership.
What relationship does Freemasonry have with religion?
All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief in a Supreme Being, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute. It concerns itself with man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.
Why do some churches oppose Freemasonry?
There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives. They confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy. There are many Masons active in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation. Masonry has always actively encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.
Are Roman Catholics allowed to be Freemasons?
Yes. Four Grand Masters of English Freemasonry have been Roman Catholics and today there are many active Roman Catholic Freemasons.
What relationship does Freemasonry have with politics?
Freemasonry, as a body, never expresses a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited for obvious reasons !
How do the rules of Freemasonry impact on the Law of the Land?
They do not! Each member must promise to obey the Laws of the country in which they reside or are under the protection of.
What costs are there to be a Freemason?
It varies from Lodge to Lodge but the normal fees include :-
- A fee on entry and in due course, purchase of regalia.
- An annual subscription
- A dining fee (modest fees)
- Contribution to Charity (voluntarily donated and without any negative impact on the individual or family/dependents)
Members are invited to give to charity but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute, without any negative impact on them or their family’s needs.