Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Freemasonry
If you take a look in the Washington Monitor and Freemasons Guide, in the back is a glossary of words. Fraternity- a brotherhood, in which blood-bonds are replaced by a common devotion to a principle, code, or creed.
While Masonry is sometimes referred to as an Order, it is more properly designated as a Fraternity, because its essence is that of brotherhood.
My theme this year is- “Faith in God, Hope in Immortality, and Charity for all Mankind.” These are the basic precepts of Freemasonry as mentioned in the First Degree.
We open our meetings with the flag ceremony stating “ This flag, emblem of civil and religious liberty”. Though Freemasons have faith in the Great Architect of the Universe, we may practice many religious beliefs.
We close our meetings with the prayer, “may we daily increase in Faith, Hope and Charity; more especially in that Charity which is the bond of peace and the perfection of every virtue.”
The Charge tells us to “be diligent, prudent, temperate, discreet.” These are values we learn from reading through the Washington Monitor and Freemasons Guide. As we go through the three degrees, we learn more about the values and morals that our symbols represent. It is well to re-read these and take them to heart as guides to what a Mason can strive for.
We have just gone through the Installation of Officers for Doric Lodge. The first charge for the Worshipful Master is to agree to be a good man and true, and strictly to obey the moral law. Each and every officer is charged with upholding the virtues and moral values a Mason encompasses.
This is the first in a speaker series for the coming year-
Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Freemasonry. In December we will have our Official Visit from Deputy to District Four- VWB Neil Quinn who will also speak on the subject.
To promote work on Ritual, Degrees and Mentoring our newer Brothers- on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, Mentors and Masters will be held in the Doric Lounge. I, along with other Masonic Mentors will be there and I invite you to attend when possible from 6:00-8:00pm. Each month I will have a drawing for a Band of Brothers t-shirt to present to a Brother who has attended.
We will kick off the new year of Charity efforts with our MLK Day of Service on January 21st, in concert with Fremont Baptist Church and other Fremont Community groups such as those that I invited to the Installation. This will promote Service in the area and beyond! It will be a great day to be a Mason!