First Degree Tracing Board
A symbolic representation of the tenets of Freemasonry
What is Freemasonry?
That is actually a difficult question to answer because Freemasonry means different things to different people. To some extent you get out of it what you put in. It is sometimes said that the aim of Freemasonry is to take good men and women and make them better. That is why we will only admit applicants who can demonstrate sound morals and spiritual beliefs.
The skills required to successfully operate a harmonious Masonic Lodge are precisely those that enable one to work well in everyday life. And the three great ideals of Freemasonry, namely Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, teach one how best to interact with fellow human beings. The teachings imparted in our ceremonies may sometimes appear complex and veiled in allegory but ultimately they all lead us towards those three great ideals.
Brotherly Love means love and respect for all mankind, not just for our limited circle of Masonic brethren. Simply put, “Love your neighbour” – a saying of Jesus, although something similar appears in all major religions.
Relief is giving help to those in need. The word charity has a similar meaning, but it is often forgotten that charity does not simply mean giving money. Almost any act of kindness can be an act of charity. Helping an elderly neighbour to mow his front lawn, for example, or even just lending a sympathetic ear to someone in need of comfort.
Truth means more than simply refraining from lying. Anything done with intent to deceive is an enemy of truth. The way to perfect truth starts with being true to oneself; only when one is completely honest with oneself about thoughts, actions, and attitudes, can the outside world be faced with the honesty and probity that it deserves.
If you can see yourself being part of a group of people sharing these ideals, perhaps you should think about joining us. Contact us for more details.