Freemasonry - 4 Booklets

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PostFri Sep 11, 2009 10:23 am » by Trez420


ok i will start by putting up 4 Masonic Booklets, each one tells about each degree. i will try to put one up every couple of days.... in the meantime if you think of anything to ask me, ill try my best to look it up.
Each booklet begins with:
This booklet has been prepared as one of a series of four to provide the new Mason with a greater insight into the Degrees and to encourage him to seek additional Masonic Light.

ON THE THRESHOLD
You have petitioned a lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for membership and have been accepted. You are to be congratulated on this unanimous expression of the Brethren in their belief in you as a man who is worthy of taking his place in this old and revered Order. Membership in Freemasonry is not lightly attained.

Soon you are to appear in Lodge to receive the first degree in Freemasonry, that of Entered Apprentice. The nature of the Institution in which you are becoming a member is at present unknown to you. This booklet has been prepared so that before you receive your first degree you will know as much about Freemasonry as can be told you at this time.

Freemasonry is a fraternal, benevolent, and educational Order. It teaches the practice of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Its members believe in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. It is a system of morality based on the Sacred Law.

The Constitution of the order specifies that a belief in Deity is one vital requirement for membership. Thus no atheist or agnostic can become a Freemason. Every Lodge opens and closes with the benefit of prayer, and a deep and sincere reverence for Deity is manifest in all Masonic ceremonies. On the other hand, a member is never questioned about his personal religious beliefs. Thus within the Fraternity are found Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Buddhists, and those of other monotheistic faiths, meeting and working together in perfect harmony.

Freemasonry upholds law and constitutional government. It indicates into its members the highest moral and religious principles. It fosters patriotism and teaches toleration.

You may have thought of Freemasonry - as many do - a secret society. It is not. A secret society is one whose members hide the fact that they belong to it, or even that such a organization exists. Freemasons, on the contrary, make no secret of their affiliation with the Order, and announcements of Masonic meetings appear frequently in the press. Freemasonry is not a secret society, but a society with secrets. These secrets will be revealed to you as you progress though the degrees. They are kept secret because those who have not received the degrees of Masonry would not understand them or realize their significance.

You are interested, naturally, in how this world-wide organization came into being. Some have attempted to trace its origin back to the most remote antiquity, and indeed we can find records of masons existing in the early days of Rome. But these associations were composed of men who followed masonry as a trade - in other words, they where working masons, or Operative Masons, as they are known. The present Fraternity is young by comparison, dating back to 1717. Its members are referred to as Speculative Masons. Modern Freemasonry did, however, evolve over the centuries from the Operative Masons who, in the middle ages, built the glorious cathedrals in Europe, many of which still stand today.

These cathedral builders, who in a sense were the ancestors of modern Freemason, formed themselves into Lodges after which present Lodges are patterned. After the Reformation occurred there came a sharp decrease in the number of cathedrals, monasteries, and similar structures being built. It followed that Operative Masons and their Lodges became much fewer in number, as the men turned to other occupations. In the 17th century many of these Lodges opened their doors to men of culture and social standing who were not working masons at all, but were attracted to membership in the Lodges because of there interest in architecture and the methods employed by working masons solving the intricate problems connected with great building projects.

As the years passed, these Speculative Masons grew in numbers and by the early 18th century they dominated the Lodges. On June 24, 1717, representatives of four old Lodges in the London area met and organized a Grand Lodge. Soon after the Craft became converted completely into a Speculative group.

Other Lodges became affiliated with the new Grand Lodge and the movement grew steadily. The nature of the meetings of the Lodges underwent a change as well. Gradually the Craft assumed its present character of a system of morality which teaches lessons by symbols and veils them in allegory. In a relatively short time Freemasonry spread into Ireland, Scotland, and the continent of Europe.
Masons moving from the Old World to America brought with them their love for the Order, and in 1733 the Grand Lodge of England appointed a Provincial Grand Master in New England. On July 30, 1733, the first official Lodge in North America was formed in Boston, and still functions there.

As our country developed, Masonry spread into all parts of the New World. After the Revolutionary War had ended and America had secured its independence from England, it naturally followed that Masons of this country desired Masonic independence as well from the Grand Lodge of England, and this came about in due course.

Today in the United States there are forty-nine Grand Lodges with one in each of the original Forty-eight states, plus one in the District of Columbia. Masonic Lodges in Hawaii are under the jurisdiction of California while those in Alaska are under the jurisdiction of Washington. Each Grand Lodge operates as a separate and sovereign body which is all powerful in its own jurisdiction. All are united, However, by the common bond of Freemasonry.

Under the jurisdiction of these Grand Lodges are some 16,000 individual Lodges, with a total membership of around four million men.
Freemasonry was brought to Ohio by Capt. Jonathan Heart when he moved American Union Army Lodge, which was charted in 1776 by St. John’s Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, to Marietta. He formally opened this Lodge in Marietta on June 28, 1790. Thus American Union Lodge, which was a military Lodge, became and is now American Union Lodge No.1 under the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

It participated in the forming of the Grand Lodge of Ohio when the representatives of six Ohio Lodges met at Chillicothe for that purpose on January 4, 1808. The formal organization took place on January 7 of that year.

The first annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Ohio was held in Chillicothe on the first Monday in January, 1809.
From that time the Grand Lodge of Ohio has grown to include more than 676 subordinate Lodges, with over 270,000 members.

A local, or subordinate, Lodge is an organization of Master Masons empowered by the Grand Lodge to confer the degrees of Masonry and to do such work and to carry on such activities as are pertinent to the operation of the Lodge. Such authority is conferred first by a temporary Dispensation issued by the Grand Master, then by permanent Charter issued by the Grand Lodge. The subordinate Lodge is governed in its actions by laws laid down by the Grand Lodge Code and by its own By-laws.

Each Lodge in this jurisdiction has at least 11 officers, eight of whom are elected by ballot. These are the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon, and Tyler. To these are added two Stewards and a Chaplain, appointed by the Worshipful Master. There are three or more Trustees with one being elected each year.

The word “Worshipful” in the master’s title comes from the Old English “Worchypful”, meaning worthy of great respect. As used in Freemasonry it means that the Master is entitled to the reverence and respect of every member of his Lodge, for he can only attain to this high office only after long service and due proof of his ability. He is literally “Master” of his Lodge, and not simply a presiding officer as in other organizations. He has great powers, but equally great responsibilities.

There are three degrees of Masonry - Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. These are conferred only at an authorized meeting of the Lodge. After each degree the candidate is required to commit to memory a certain portion of it. This is for two reasons: First, that he may perfect his knowledge of the degree and demonstrate his proficiency in it in open Lodge; second, that it will remain with him all his life.

In the conferring of these degrees you will note that the work is done in a serious and solemn manner. Dignity and good order prevail. There is no levity. At no time will you be embarrassed.

Masonry is not something you enter into lightly, or to be put on or taken off at will. As you take the degrees you will be receiving something pf imperishable value which will remain with you during your lifetime. Cherish it accordingly.

Before your introduction to the first degree of Masonry you should prepare yourself mentally and physically to receive it. The ancient rituals of many philosophies specified that each aspirant should perform a “Rite of Lustration”, i.e., he was required to bathe in the running waters of a stream. This symbolized purification of the soul as well as the body. You, too, should prepare yourself and arrive at the Lodge clean in body and spirit.

Feel free at all times to ask questions of the Brother who will be appointed as your counselor. He will answer all those which he may answer without violation of his obligation. He will counsel you on all matters pertinent to the degree in which you are working.

We welcome you into Fraternity, not only on behalf of the Lodge you petitioned, but on behalf of all Freemasons among the far-flung nations of the world. Once you have become a member you will find that wherever your destiny carries you, the hand of a Masonic Brotherhood will be there to greet you.

jetxvii

PostFri Sep 11, 2009 10:26 am » by jetxvii


Ron Paul is a Freemason. The Elites are at War with each other right now we have separating opponents in the society now. it's good vs. evil. Heaven and Hell. The battles there and hopefully the right Masons win.



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