Learning the truth about Freemasonry reveals an organization built on community and inclusivity. Explore how propagated misinformation clouds the real nature of this philanthropic organization.
- Principals of Secrecy: Many people think that the Freemasons are steeped in secrecy and shadow. This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, most tenets of Masonic membership have been published for centuries in newspapers, at the Library of Congress, and online. It is true that Masons take an oath to limit conversation about these tenets among non-members. However, those who wish to know more can do so by visiting a lodge with a Mason friend.
- Behind the Rituals: Main components of Mason membership, such as handshakes and passwords, are used as a way to honor the traditions of stonemasonry guilds. These early guilds and their practices form the foundation of the Masonic organization. Passwords and handshakes are used not as a form of exclusion, but as a way for Masons to universally recognize one another outside the lodge. Likewise, Masonic rituals are initiation ceremonies that give new members opportunities to display their commitment to the principles of the organization. Maintaining relative secrecy of these practices is merely used as a way to instill a sense of fraternity among lodge members.
- Joining the Order: Following in the footsteps of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin is as easy as starting a conversation. Candidate initiation is handled by local lodges through of petition signed by a Mason friend or family member. Simply visiting a local lodge will give you an opportunity to meet and converse with local Masons. Relationships built with these members will help you earn a friend who is happy to sign your petition.
Identify your nearest lodge today by contacting the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts at (857) 233-0563. Prospective members should visit our website for more initiation details.