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Next LOI Meeting
Tuesday 25th September 2018
Next Regular Meeting
Wednesday 10th October 2018
3rd Degree Ceremony
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Demonstration of an early
19th Century Third Degree Ceremony
by The Northumberland Demonstration Team
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Why become a Freemason?
People join Freemasonry for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted by the valuable
work that the society performs in raising money for charity. A proportion of these
funds is used to assist Freemasons and their dependents in times of need, particularly
the sick and the elderly, but the greater part goes to non-
Masonic symbolism has a purpose
Freemasonry has been in existence for over 300 years and over this time has developed a pattern of rituals. They are no more stranger than ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament but, like this event, they perform a valuable function in reminding members of the heritage and standards they are expected to maintain. Once people have become Freemasons the context of the rituals and symbolism become more meaningful.
Why the mystery?
The ‘mysteries’ of Freemasonry are revealed to members as they progress through the ceremonies and are nothing more than sound advice that helps them to lead a balanced life, for example, through thinking about the welfare of others. Similarly, Masonic passwords are simply keys to the doors of the different levels within Freemasonry. Learning these principles on a step by step basis makes them easier to absorb and understand. Masonic ceremonies are similar to short morality plays in which members play different parts. Like any form of theatre, it demands the learning of words and the movements on stage. Through taking part in these ceremonies, Freemasons come to understand the truths that they contain.
So what is involved?
In the convivial atmosphere of a Masonic meeting, members relax and enjoy taking
part in something rather special. It’s a place where everyone can be themselves and
contribute in a way that suits their own personality. Many members actually find
that learning and performing these rituals is a useful programme of self development.
For those that want to do it, Freemasonry also provides the opportunity to practise
How time consuming is it?
The majority of lodges in the Province of Hertfordshire meet four times a year. The formal part of the proceedings, which include the ceremonies, usually start towards the end of the afternoon. These are followed in the evening by a dinner and a few, usually short, speeches. Additionally there are instruction meetings where members learn more about the principles of Freemasonry and to master the ritual performed in the ceremonies. The number of these instruction meetings can vary per lodge but at Tudor Lodge these meetings are once or twice a month between September and May.
Freemasons also gain great pleasure in visiting lodges other than their own, making
new friends and seeing different traditions followed. While there are numerous opportunities
to engage in Masonic pursuits and other social activities, Freemasonry encourages
its members to live well rounded lives and always stresses that family and personal
affairs must always come first. In the interests of domestic harmony, people interested
in becoming Freemasons are strongly recommended to discuss their future membership
with their wife or partner.
Is it affordable?
What about the membership cost? Membership subscriptions compare favourably with everyday sports and social clubs. Freemasonry is an affordable hobby and a rewarding pastime for the many.
What else is involved in becoming a Freemason?
You have to be aged 21 or over and be of good character, which means not having any criminal convictions. You must also believe in a Supreme Being, but Freemasonry is not a religion; men from a variety of faiths belong.