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WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being. Although of a religious nature, Freemasonry is not a religion. It urges its members, however, to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs.
organization of Freemasonry is based on a system of Grand Lodges, each sovereign
within its own territory. There is no central authority governing all Grand
Lodges. However, to be acknowledged
by others, acceptable traditions, standards and practices must be maintained.
our Province the governing body is called the Grand Lodge of Canada in the
Province of Ontario. It is under the leadership of a Grand Master. He presides
over the 80,000 Masons who belong to one or more of the 649 lodges in our
jurisdiction. Each of these lodges is under the direction of a Master.
a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy
friendly companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and
guided by strict moral principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind.
Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual
dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self-improvement.
The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic
principles of brotherly love, charity and truth, which Masons are
encouraged to practice in their daily lives.
Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances
in life fairly warrant it.
fraternity does not conceal its existence, purpose, aims or principles. Masonic
Halls bearing the lodge name and emblem are familiar sights in towns and cities
throughout Ontario. Many members proudly wear Masonic insignia on rings and
traditions can be traced directly to the associations of operative masons. They
were men of outstanding character and high ideals, who built the cathedrals,
abbeys and castles of the Middle Ages.
the decline of cathedral building in the 17th Century, many guilds of
stonemasons, called "Operative" masons, started to accept into their
membership those who were not members of the masons' craft and called them
or "Accepted" masons.
was in these groups, called lodges, comprised mainly of "Accepted"
masons that Freemasonry, as we know it today, had its beginning.
1717, four such lodges, which had been meeting regularly in London, united to
form the first Grand Lodge of England under the direction of a Grand Master. From
that first Grand Lodge, Freemasonry has spread throughout the world. Today,
some 150 Grand Lodges have a total membership of approximately four million
of Freemasonry's customs is not to solicit members. However, anyone should feel
free to approach any Mason to seek further information about the Craft.
is for men, 21 years of age or older, who meet the qualifications and standards
of character and reputation, who are of good moral character, and who believe in
the existence of a Supreme Being.
man who wants to join a lodge must be recommended by two members of that lodge.
He must understand that his character will be investigated. After
approval by the members of that lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant for
membership in Freemasonry.
doors of Freemasonry are open to men who seek harmony with their fellow man,
feel the need for self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world
a better place in which to live.
man who becomes a Mason is taught a pattern for living - reverence, morality,
kindness, honesty, dependability and compassion. He must be prepared to honour
his country, uphold its laws and respect those in authority. He must be prepared
to maintain honourable relations with others and be willing to share in Masonic
Grand Lodge A.F.
& A.M. of Canada
in the Province of
363 King St W,
Hamilton, Ontario LSP 1B4