‘The Craft’ is the term which Freemasons use to refer to their organisation.
So what exactly is Freemasonry?
It is one of the world’s largest and oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal societies.
It is variously described in a number of ways, the commonest one probably being “A system of Morality veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols”.
Breaking down this rather abstruse description is important.
We are concerned with ethical and spiritual values and these are illustrated using a series of short dramas or plays which follow ancient forms and use the tools and principles from stonemasons’ practices as guides.
Our three great original principles are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Translating these into more understandable terms is important.
Brotherly Love – A Freemason demonstrates tolerance and respect for his colleagues and shows kindness in the community, courtesy and understanding towards others and fairness in all matters.
Relief – Another term for Charity. Charitable giving and voluntary works are both important aspects of Freemasonry and include assistance for those individuals in need. We give both small and large donations to local, national and international charities. A Freemason not only practices charity towards other Freemasons but also towards the community as a whole
Truth – Other synonyms would include honesty and integrity. We take pride in high ethical standards and we aim to achieve them in our own lives.
Freemasonry includes individuals from almost every trade, profession, religion and ethnic background. We currently have a wide range of nationalities including English, French, Indian, Singaporean and Greek. We have Students, Graduates, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Accountants, Engineers, University Staff, Professors and Lecturers within our membership. We have those who are new to the Craft as well as senior Brethren with decades of experience. Over the years several members have been Freemasons of importance including a Deputy Provincial Grand Master and a Grand Superintendent.
In The Craft as a whole, members are aged from 18 to more than 100 years old. In our Lodge at present our youngest member is 22 and our oldest member is 94. Each has his own individual reason for joining. Countess lifelong friendships have resulted from membership of this organisation.
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