Frequently Asked Questions about Masonic Lodges, Masons, Freemasonry.
Question 1: What goes on in Masonic Lodges?
The Lodge is the center of all Masonic activities. When Masons meet to discuss business matters, the lodge is often closed to anyone who is not a 3rd degree Master Mason. Many Masonic Lodges use their building specifically for stated meetings, and other functions the lodge members deem worthy. Common uses are fundraisers such as fish fries, open house, special recognition ceremonies, and of course, practice for both the older and the newer Masons.
Question 2: Why are the Masons secretive?
If the Masonic Order is a secret society, someone sure messed up. Freemasonry has to be one of the worst kept secrets in history. Masons wear rings, tie clasps, buttons, pins, et cetera. in public. The Square & Compass are recognized the world over. Masons hardly keep it a secret that they belong to the local lodge. Ask a Mason if they are one, and they never deny it. In fact, they are usually quite proud of their membership and quickly tell you so. The Lodge buildings are clearly marked on the outside. The address and phone numbers are listed in phone books. If there is a Website, it includes an “Upcoming Events” page. The local lodge activities are often announced in newspapers. Answering machines typically list future lodge activities.
Question 3: Do Masons have secrets?
Of course they do. So do fraternities, organizations, and countless other groups. Most groups have codes, symbols, hand shakes, et cetera. so they can recognize other members. That keeps pretenders out.
Question 4: What are Masonic Symbols and their uses?
If you pull up to a stop sign with no words on it, you instantly recognize it as a STOP sign. Ever notice that Masonic rings have only a symbol and yet you recognize it immediately? Stop lights use colors to instantly convey their message. No words needed in these particular instances. Point is that we all use symbols and signs every day in our lives and have since we began learning. Symbols deliver the message quickly. Symbols and pictures are the oldest communication techniques known to humanity. It is easily the oldest way of teaching and it works.
Question 5: What is the future of Masonry?
Masonry is a vibrant group comprised of vibrant men, who share the ideals that honor, integrity, and plain-dealing are the mark of a solid citizen. If those ideals go out of style soon, then Masonry will be in trouble. Otherwise, like-minded men will continue to find the organization, recognize its benefits and their own potential, and the institution will perpetuate.
Question 6: I’ve got additional questions, and might be interested in joining. What do I do next?
Contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. Be assured, that you won’t be pressured or pursued. However, becoming a Mason is a decision that each man must make on his own.