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Masonic Lady F.A.Q.

Masonic History

What is Freemasonry? 

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. They symbolically apply the principles of operative masonry to the building themselves into better men. They are guided by the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, while learning temperance, fortitude, prudence, and justice. Freemasons must have a belief in a Supreme Being, but are not required to follow a particular religious belief or religion. In fact, the men never discuss politics and religion in lodge.

What do all these words even mean? Free? Accepted? Operative? 

Don’t worry! Your partner isn’t joining some weird cult! Here is a quick breakdown of words you may hear often in regards to Freemasonry:

Operative – this relates to the actual work of being a stone mason. An operative mason is someone who actually works as a stone mason and historically were part of guilds. Principles of operative masonry such as using a square to create square stones and a trowel to spread mortar are used in Freemasonry today to teach lessons on morality rather than how to build a building. 

Free – this word relates to historical masons and their guilds. Unlike most tradesmen who were often unable to travel from city to city, the ability of masonic guilds to move where they were needed to build things like castles and cathedrals was a key part of their work. They were ‘free’ to travel as needed. 

Accepted – being an accepted mason also goes back to the 15th and 16th century when members of masonic guilds were ‘accepted’ because they understood the principles of masonic construction. As architectural needs changed and the need for guilds decreased, the shift from operative needs occurred and the moral and spiritual lessons took more of a center stage until in the 18th century, Freemasonry became whole a fraternal organization and no longer an operative guild. 

Isn’t Freemasonry a European thing?

The United Grand Lodge of England officially recognized American masonic lodges in 1730 and the first American Grand Lodge was established in Pennsylvania in 1731. Freemasonry in America is older than the United States and many of the Founding Fathers were active members of masonic lodges. 

 

Lodge Life

What is a ‘Blue’ Lodge?

A Blue Lodge is the lodge that your loved one joins and becomes a member of. 

What are all these weird titles I keep hearing? Worshipful? What does that mean?

The titles that you’ll hear at masonic functions can seem very strange and confusing. One of the most confusing is the ‘Worshipful’ honorific. This does not mean that the person with this title is worshipped during lodge meetings – instead it is an archaic word (there are many used in masonry) meant to show respect and esteem. It is very similar to referring to a judge as ‘your honor’. Other titles you’ll hear are: 

Brother – a member of the lodge that has not held the office of Master of the Lodge
Worshipful Brother – a member of the lodge that is a current or Past Master
Very Worshipful – a Deputy or Past Deputy of the Grand Master
Right Worshipful – an Elected Officer of the Grand Lodge
Most Worshipful – the Grand Master or Past Grand Master

What am I expected to do as a Masonic Lady?

For a great description of what it means to be a Masonic Lady, I recommend you read the following blog post: 

https://themasonslady.com/2014/11/04/227/

But, in short, Freemasonry doesn’t require you to do any more than you want to do. If you want to be heavily involved then there are concordant bodies you can join with your husband and even groups for kids. If you want to stay home and relax, then you’re welcome to do that too. Lodge meetings are only for men, but there are often other activities held that women are welcome to attend. 

What sorts of activities can I expect to be invited to?

There are lots of different lodge functions you may be invited to attend. Some will be official functions and others unofficial. Official functions include things such as: Official Visits to Lodge meetings, District Meetings, Special Anniversaries of the Lodge, Honor Nights, Lodge Installation of Officers and other functions such as Cornerstone Ceremonies. Unofficial functions may include Christmas parties, picnics, holiday activities and parades and even sporting events. 

What is the dress code for masonic events?

The dress code varies depending on the event and often times the lodge. Some events are casual, others formal, and many in-between. 

 

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