What is a Freemason?

Freemason – free·may·son. Definition: Often more commonly called a Mason, a Freemason is a member of one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies, dedicated to a moral and ethical approach to life.

What is Freemasonry  

Freemasons come from all faiths and backgrounds. A Freemason believes in a ‘Supreme Being’ and is concerned with moral and spiritual values. A moral and ethical approach to life is at the core of a Freemason: showing thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Each Freemason is urged to regard the interests of his family as paramount and practice concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.   A Freemason is taught moral lessons and self-knowledge by a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical plays performed within each Lodge. These rituals follow ancient forms, using stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

For a view of what it means to be a Mason, here's an informative two part video interview with well-known musician and presenter Rick Wakeman (Youtube uploades by Masonic publisher Lewis Masonic) as he talks about his family, his masonic membership and what Freemasonry means to him:

Rick Wakeman Interview - Part 1 Rick Wakeman Interview - Part 2
Interview (Part 1) Interview (Part 2)

What it means to be a Freemason

We enjoy the company and fellowship of like-minded men. Freemasonry provides an ideal mix of formality and informality derived from our ceremonies, the meal which follows each Lodge meeting and our charitable and social activities. Our efforts in the Lodge room are always recognised on these occasions.  As visitors to other Lodges, we are always made truly welcome.

We care about our fellow men, their welfare and the impact that our activities and actions have on them and on the world in general.

A Freemason endeavours to conduct his life according to high moral standards and integrity.

He enjoys participating in all aspects of Lodge activities, whether helping to organise a social event, set up a website, taking part in one of our ceremonies or helping his fellow Brethren to develop their own Masonic skills and knowledge.

We derive great pleasure from studying and learning our ceremonies, researching the background to our ritual and its rich store of symbolism.

What it means to be a Freemason (10 minute video)








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