PATERNOSTER LODGE 4783

Consecrated 14th December 1925
 
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Many people have queries or are curious about Freemasonry but are not sure where to find good quality information with regard to Freemasonry. 

The following information may be of assistance to you.

Introduction

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemason's customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership
 is a belief in a Supreme Being.

Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential
qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry and Religion

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith.
 It does not allow religion to be discussed at our meetings.

The Three Great Principles

For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:

Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect 
for the opinions of others and behave with
kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Relief - Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own,
 but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving,
 and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and
 aiming to achieve these standards in their own lives.


Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged.

This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given
 to national and local charities.

Freemasonry and Society

Freemasonry demands from its members 
a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives.

Its principles do not in any way conflict with its member's duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.

The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry.

His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, 
and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonorably or 
unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.


All members are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response to enquiries for respectable reasons. Its constitutions and rules are available to the public. Like many other societies, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.

Freemasonry and Politics

Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics 
at Masonic meetings is forbidden.

Other Masonic Bodies

Freemasonry is practiced under many independent Grand Lodges with standards 
similar to those set by the United Grand Lodge of England.

There are some Grand Lodges and other apparently Masonic bodies that do not meet these standards, e.g. that do not require a belief in a Supreme Being, or that allow or encourage their members
 as such to participate in political matters.

These Grand Lodges and bodies are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as being Masonically regular, and Masonic contact with them is forbidden.

Conclusion

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbour or through charity and service to others.

None of these ideas are exclusively Masonic, but they should be universally acceptable. 
Freemasons are expected to follow these ideals.

MEMBERS

Meeting Dates

Paternoster Lodge meets on the first Fridays of March, May, October & January (Installation) date always to be decided

Disclaimer and Conditions of Use

 This website has links to other sites which are operated by other people.  
By using these links you will be leaving the Paternoster Lodge website and we therefore will take no responsibility in respect of linked sites.
 
Care should be taken when using other sites where international consumer protection and regulatory regimes may differ. 

  For all matters of Masonic regularity and/or recognition, you are directed to the Grand Secretary
 of your own Grand Lodge who will advise you of your Grand Lodge's position in this matter.
The nature of Masonic research and opinions can vary widely, and as such, 
Paternoster Lodge in no way represents any research conclusions or opinions and/or user content displayed on this web site.

Paternoster Lodge does not guarantee that websites accessed through links on this website are either Masonic in nature
 or have been approved by the United Grand lodge of England.

Paternoster Lodge specifically does not warrant that any website accessed through their pages are recognised
 by or have the approval of the United Grand Lodge of England



 
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This page was last updated on 12/13/17.


Copyright 1999  [Michael W. J. Nash]. All rights reserved.
Revised: December 13, 2017 .