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To Be A Mason, Ask A Friend

Thank you for expressing your interest in Freemasonry by actively seeking out this information. To become a Mason you must meet the qualifications, and be accepted by a Lodge.

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Freemasonry is the world's oldest largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions that are based on the belief in one God.

Who Freemasons Are

Many of our nation's early patriots were Freemasons, as well as 13 signers of the Constitution and 14 Presidents of the United States including George Washington.

Today, the more than three million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God.

One of the fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: how so many men from so many different walks of life can meet together in peace, never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship, and call each other "Brother!"

Qualifications

To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be:

  • male, at least 18 years of age
  • a believer in the existence of a Supreme Being
  • a voluntary candidate for membership
  • motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit
  • prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry
  • desirous of knowledge, and willing to earn it
  • a first-time petitioner for membership
  • willing to conform to the Ancient Usages and Customs of the Fraternity.

Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favorably considered for membership. Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being (atheists are not accepted in the Fraternity).

Those Who Seek Membership

Anyone seeking membership in Freemasonry must ask a Masonic friend to recommend him. He must sign a petition stating his age, occupation, and place of residence. Members of the lodge vote by ballot. 

What Freemasons Believe In

All Freemasons believe in one God and in respect for each other.

What Freemasons Do

Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men of charity and good works. They remain unchallenged as "the world's greatest philanthropy!"

The Freemasons of America contribute more than two million dollars every day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of humanitarianism, commitment, and concern by this unique and honorable Fraternity.

The Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge meets one evening per month to conduct its regular business and vote on petitions for membership. Here is where the bonds of friendship and fellowship are strengthened.

Square and Compasses

Square and Compasses

The Masonic Degrees

The candidate for Freemasonry receives three Masonic Degrees concluding with the Third (or Master Mason's) Degree. The Degrees are solemn, enlightening, and enjoyable experiences with no uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. It is here where the principles of Freemasonry are taught and where the new member learns that his family and his own necessary vocations are to be considered above Freemasonry.

More About Freemasonry

This briefly explains what Freemasonry is, who Freemasons are, what they believe in, and what they do. It is important for you to know that those who desire membership must seek it on their own. Unfortunately, without this understanding, many qualified men have not enjoyed the special rewards of membership and fellowship in Freemasonry.

If, after reading this you would like to have a representative of the Fraternity contact you, please complete the Pennsylvania Membership Information Request form. If you are not interested in Pennsylvania Masonic Membership, but have any questions or a desire to know more about Freemasonry, please contact the Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

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What was the origin of the expression "Blue Lodges?"

There are several theories, of which two have the most adherents. Some believe that operative Masons felt that blue, the color of the sky both by day and by night, was associated in their minds with the purity of Deity, which Masons attempt to emulate. Others refer to the change made by speculative Masons shortly after the establishment of the original Grand Lodge of England when blue was substituted for white as the official Masonic color, presumably because it was the color of the Order of the Garter of which a number of Masonic leaders were members.

Why are we called Freemasons?

The name definitely dates back to the days when Masonry was almost wholly operative in character. Numerous explanations have been suggested, such as (a) masons worked in free stone (which could be carved), and hence were called "free-stone masons", later shortened to "freemasons" (b) they were free men, not serfs; (c) they were free to move from place to place as they might desire; (d) they were given the freedom of the towns or localities in which they worked; (e) they were free of the rules and regulations that were usually imposed upon members of guilds.

 What is meant by the Golden Fleece, Roman Eagle, and the Star & Garter?

The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded by Duke Phillip of Burgundy in 1429. The Roman Eagle was the symbol of the power and might of Rome during its heyday two thousand or more years ago. The Order of the Star was founded by King John II of France in the 1300's. The Order of the Garter was created by King Edward III of England about the same time. The use of the apron as a badge is actually older than any of these.

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