Do You Want to be a Mason?
Among millions of Masons, for hundreds of years, it was not lawful to invite a friend to apply for membership. Our code of conduct prevented it. Thus, no faithful Mason could invite you to join. Now under the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts you can ask a friend of neighbor to become a member of your lodge if you believe he will make a good Mason!
He must first ask himself if he's suitably prepared to enter the "gentle craft of Masonry" . . . to become a brother in the world's most exclusive fraternal order. Few men are intellectually or spiritually prepared to understand or appreciate even the most apparent meanings of Masonry.
Does he reflect on the nature of man's purpose in life and will he make obligations to God, his family, and himself?
If such ethical and moral questions hold little interest for him, then he will gain little benefit from the teachings of the Craft. But if he seeks a more meaningful quality of life - and the spirit of charity and good fellowship which flow from it - then Freemasonry has much to offer.
We want the world to know what we believe, how we act, and what we do . . . and, then, should your friend become a Mason, we want him to be proud of our Fraternity and to participate in our work. Only those who desire membership because of their favorable impression of us should seek a petition to join.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date back to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. Instead, it is a friend to all religions which are based on the belief of one God.
Who are Freemasons?
Many of our nation's early pioneers were Freemasons, as well as thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States; beginning with George Washington.
Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. The come from diverse political ideologies; but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God. They represent every race, creed, and culture
In what do Freemasons believe?
All Freemasons believe in one God and respect for each other.
What do Freemasons do?
Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men of charity and good works. They remain unchallenged as "the world's greatest philanthropy."
The Freemasons of America contribute almost two million dollars every day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and honorable Fraternity.
What We Ask of You
Any man who is twenty-one years of age or older and of good moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason.
For more information on Masonry in Massachusetts, go to Application Information or contact Webmaster@DalhousieLodge.org.
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