Masons, or Freemasons, are members of the oldest and largest fraternity in the world, with over two million active members. Freemasonry in its current format originated in the late 16th or early 17th century, and its members have included kings, presidents, scholars, and religious figures.
Odyssey is a happy lodge that meets in Crook, County Durham Four Times a year. Its members are diverse, and friendly, with a relaxed and fun attitude.
Understanding the Basics
Freemasonry is founded on a commitment to support each other in friendship, fellowship and service to mankind. For thousands of years, people have found spiritual and philosophical fulfillment through freemasonry, which still operates on the same core values.
In order to become a Freemason, it is necessary to meet these requirements:
Have a sound reputation, and be well-recommended by your peers.
You must believe in a Supreme Being, regardless of your religion.
Be over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing.
Students over 18 can join one of 55 University Lodges. UGLE oversees lodges in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, whilst Scotland and Ireland have their own Grand Lodges.
Be interested in character building and morality.
“Better men make a Better world.” Freemasonry stresses honour, personal responsibility and personal integrity, and offers the following to its members:
You should be able to commit to Monthly/bi-monthly gatherings at lodges. Remember practice is as important as the lodge meeting itself
Teachings on the history of Freemasonry etc.
Encouragement to live for the good of all mankind, and ideas for practicing good citizenship and acting with charity and love.
An invitation to participate in the ancient rites of Freemasonry, including a handshake, the rituals of initiation, and freedom to use the Masonic square and compass symbol.
Becoming a Freemason
To become a Freemason, you must proceed through the process of obtaining three symbolic degrees
Begin as an apprentice. . The Entered Apprentice is the first degree, and introduces candidates to the basic principles of Freemasonry. Moral truths are impressed upon new candidates by the symbolic use of building tools.
Proceed to the Fellow Craft degree. The second degree continues to instill in candidates the principles of their new membership, especially their close association with the arts and sciences.
Become a Master Mason. The Master Mason degree is the highest degree a Freemason can earn, and the most difficult.
As all things in life, you only get out what you put in. If you are interested in joining Odyssey 9739, you should be able to Commit to Four Meetings Per Year, on the 2nd Thursday at 10.30am in March, May, September and November. To further gain understanding – you should also be able to commit informal Lodge of Instruction meetings, at Crook Masonic Hall. Instruction really helps you grow and Learn, while also make friends.
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