Are The Masons?
Masons (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and
largest fraternal organization in the world. Today, there
are more than two million Freemasons in North America.
Masons represent virtually every occupation and profession,
yet within the Fraternity, all meet as equals. Masons come
from diverse political ideologies, yet meet as friends.
Masons come from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet
all have belief in deity.
What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry (or Masonry) is dedicated to the Brotherhood of
Man under the Fatherhood of God. It uses the tools and
implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically
in a system of instruction designed to build character and
moral values in its members. Its singular purpose is to make
good men better.
Where Did Freemasonry Begin?
No one knows just how old Freemasonry is because the actual
origins have been lost in time. Most scholars believe
Masonry arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the
majestic castles and cathedrals of the middle ages. In 1717,
Masonry created a formal organization when four Lodges in
London joined in forming England's first Grand Lodge. By
1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the Fraternity, there
were already several Lodges in the Colonies.
Today, Masonic Lodges are found in almost every community
throughout North America. A Mason can travel to almost any
country in the world and find a Masonic Lodge where he will
be welcomed as a "Brother."
What Do Freemasons Do?
Beyond its focus on individual development and growth,
Masonry is deeply involved in helping people. The Freemasons
of North America contribute over two million dollars a day
to charitable causes. This philanthropy represents an
unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment of this
great and honorable Fraternity.
Several Masonic Principles Are –
What Is The Masonic Lodge?
- Faith must be the center of our lives.
- All men and women are the children of God.
- No one has the right to tell another person what he or
she must think or believe.
- Each person has a responsibility to be a good citizen,
obeying the law.
- It is important to work to make the world a better
place for all.
- Honor and integrity are keys to a meaningful life.
The word "Lodge" means both a group of Masons meeting
together as well as the room or building in which they meet.
Masonic buildings are sometimes called "temples" because the
original meaning of the term was "place of knowledge" and
Masonry encourages the advancement of knowledge. Masonic
Lodges usually meet once or twice a month to conduct regular
business, vote upon petitions for membership, and bring new
Masons into the Fraternity through three ceremonies called
degrees. Here the bonds of friendship and fellowship are
formed and strengthened.
Who Can Qualify to Join?
Applicants must be men of good character who believe in a
Supreme Being. To become a Mason, one must petition a
particular Lodge. The Master of the Lodge appoints a
committee to visit the applicant prior to the Lodge
balloting upon his petition.
So Who Are The Masons?
Masons are men of good character who strive to improve
themselves and make the world a better place. They belong to
the oldest and most honorable fraternity known to man. If
you think you may be interested in becoming a member, you
can begin by contacting a Lodge in your area or speaking to
Lodge of New Jersey
for the 17th Masonic District
Bodies at the Lodge
|Corson Commandery No.
15, Knights Templar
|Corson Commandery No. 15,
meets at Navesink Lodge Masonic Temple, Red
Bank, at 8:00 PM, the second Thursday of
each month. There are no meetings in July
& August or on holidays.
|Charity Court No. 38,
Order of the Amaranth
|Charity Court No. 38, meets
at Navesink Lodge Masonic Temple, Red Bank,
at 7:30 PM, the first Friday of each month
(except for May & September, when it is
the third Friday). There are no meetings in
July & August or on holidays.
the Lodge Blood Drive & Escort Service