Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest fraternal societies
Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. In essence it is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles and believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life. They are:
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 them in their own lives.
Freemasonry is a way of life
Freemasonry is a way of life and is composed of people of all nationalities, religions, occupations and ages. Freemasons believe in truth, tolerance, respect, and freedom. Anyone may petition to be a Mason so long as they meet a few requirements.
Freemasons believe in “making good men better” which implies that its adherents should seek continual improvement and growth. A maxim in ancient Greece, “Man Know Thyself”, has echoes in modern ceremonial Freemasonry and implies the importance of learning about self, for by becoming a more enlightened and principled individual it is most probable that a person will in turn be a contributing citizen to their society. It is important that a Mason be a good family member, friend, neighbor and employee. Freemasons believe in living a life of positive contribution and to the building up of self, society and the world. Masonry is not a substitute for a person’s chosen faith but rather supplements faith, spirituality, life and living.
How to become a member?
Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria: You must be a male, at least 21 years of age (varies by province). You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being. You must be a man of good morals and reputation.
Contact a Lodge near you, meet with the members, and when you are comfortable, ask for a Petition.
What is a Blue Lodge?
A Blue Lodge, or also referred to as a Craft Lodge, or just Lodge, is the basic unit in Freemasonry.
There are some allegorical, symbolic and historical meanings for the color blue to be associated with Masonic Lodges, but they are not expressly named in Masonic ritual nor is the term “Blue Lodge” ever specified in the Rules & Regulations
The jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Alberta has over 600 Particular Lodges.
What is Freemasonry?
An ancient system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.