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  Masonic lodge A Masonic lodge , often termed a private lodge  or constituent lodge,  is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry. It is alsocommonly, but erroneously, used as a term for a building in which such a unit meets. Every new lodge must be warranted orchartered by a Grand Lodge, but is subject to its direction only in enforcing the published constitution of the jurisdiction. Byexception the three surviving lodges that formed the world's first known grand lodge in London (now merged into the United GrandLodge of England) have the unique privilege to operate as time immemorial , i.e., without such warrant; only one other lodge operateswithout a warrant – the Grand Stewards' Lodge in London, although it is not also entitled to the time immemorial title. [note 1]  AFreemason is generally entitled to visit any Lodge in any jurisdiction (i.e., under any Grand Lodge) in amity with his own. In some jurisdictions this privilege is restricted to Master Masons (that is, Freemasons who have attained the Order's third degree). He is firstusually required to check, and certify, the regularity of the relationship of the Lodge – and be able to satisfy that Lodge of hisregularity of membership. Freemasons gather together as a Lodge to work the three basic Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraftand Master Mason. Masonic premisesTypesOrganizationMembershipOfficersSee alsoNotesReferencesExternal links Technically, Freemasons meet as  a lodge not in  a lodge. In this context, the word lodge refers to a local chapter of Freemasons, meeting as a body. However, theterm is often misused to refer to the buildings or rooms that Masons meet in.Masonic premises are also sometimes referred to as temples  ( of Philosophy and theArts ). In many countries  Masonic centre  or  Masonic hall  has now replaced theseterms to avoid arousing prejudice and suspicion. Several different lodges, or otherMasonic organisations, often use the same premises at different times. Blue lodges , craft lodges  or ancient craft lodges  refer to the lodges that work thefirst three Masonic degrees, rather than the appendant Masonic orders such as YorkRite and Scottish Rite. The term craft lodge is used in Great Britain. The bluelodge  is said to refer to the traditional colour of regalia in lodges derived from English or Irish Freemasonry. Although the term wassrcinally frowned upon, it has gained widespread and mainstream usage in America in recent times. [1] ContentsMasonic premises Villa Blye in Paola, Malta is aMasonic Temple where Lodges of theBritish and Irish freemasons meet Types   Research lodges  have the purpose of furthering Masonic scholarship. QuatuorCoronati Lodge is an example of a research lodge; it has a strictly limitedmembership and receives visitors and papers from all over the world. Many jurisdictions have well-established research lodges, which usually meet lessfrequently than blue lodges and do not confer degrees.In Great Britain, a lodge of instruction  may be associated with a Lodge, but is notconstituted separately. The lodge of instruction provides the officers and those whowish to become officers an opportunity to rehearse ritual under the guidance of anexperienced brother; there may also be lectures around the ritual and the symbolismin the lodge within a Lodge of Instruction, in order to develop the knowledge andunderstanding of the membership.In some jurisdictions in the United States, the lodge of instruction serves as a warranted lodge for candidate instruction in otheraspects of Freemasonry besides ritual rehearsal, as well as hosting a speaker on topics both Masonic and non-Masonic.In Great Britain, the term mother lodge  is used to identify the particular Lodge where the individual was first made a Mason (i.e.received his Entered Apprentice degree). 'Mother lodge' may also refer to a lodge which sponsors the creation of a new lodge, the daughter lodge , to be warranted under the jurisdiction of the same grand lodge; specific procedures pertaining to this vary throughouthistory and in different jurisdictions. Lodge Mother KilwinningNo 0 in the Grand Lodge of Scotland is known as the Mother Lodgeof Scotland, having been referred to in the Schaw Statutesof 1598 and 1599, and having itself warranted other lodges at a time whenit did not subscribe to a grand lodge.Lodges are governed by national, state or provincial authorities, usually calledGrand Lodges or Grand Orients, whose published constitutions define the structureof freemasonry under their authority, and which appoint Grand Officers from theirsenior masons. Provincial Grand Lodges (which in England generally correspond tohistoric counties) exercise an intermediate authority, and also appoint ProvincialGrand Officers.Different grand lodges and their regions show subtleties of tradition and variation inthe degrees and practice; for example under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the MarkDegree (which is unrecognised by the United Grand Lodge of England, but has aseparate Mark Grand Lodge) is integrated into The Craft as a completion of thesecond degree. In any case, Grand Lodges have limited jurisdiction over theirmember Lodges, and where there is no prescribed ritual Lodges may thus haveconsiderable freedom of practice. Despite these minor differences, fraternal relationsexist between Lodges of corresponding degrees under different Grand Lodges.Generally, to be accepted for initiation as a regular Freemason (in a lodge following Anglo-American style), a candidate must: Be a man who comes of his own free will by his own initiative or by invitation in some jurisdictions. [2] Believe in some kind of Supreme Being. [2] Be of good morals, reputation and financially supporting himself and family. [2] Be 21 years old (but as young as 18 or as old as 25 depending on the jurisdiction). [2] Live in the jurisdiction (under some Grand Lodges in the United States.) [3] Be able to pass interviews and pass the Investigation Committee's inquiries about his past with people who haveknown him, which can take up to 2 years. [2] Lodge room in Schloss Rosenau(Austria) Organization Plaque of Lodge St. George, the1797 Masonic Lodge which has beenhoused in Bermuda's former StateHouse since 1815 Membership  Be of sound mind and body. [4]  (this is not a universal requirement). [2] Be a Free Man . This may have arisen from the refusal of operativemasons to pass their secrets to slaves, who could be ordered to divulgethem to others. [5]  It may also have arisen from a requirement of earlyspeculative lodges that a new Freemason should at least have a licenseto trade and employ others, making him a Free Man of the city orborough of the lodge. [6] Pass the vote of the Lodge to allow his membership. [2] After a Lodge elects or approves a candidate in accordance with the requirements ofits Grand Lodge, it will decide whether to give the candidate each degree in order.Generally speaking those who have only received the Entered Apprentice degree areconsidered Freemasons, but hold limited privileges until they attain the MasterMason degree; under UGLE only a Master Mason will receive a Grand Lodge certificate, which may be demanded by any otherLodge he wishes to visit.A Master Mason is considered a full lifetime member of the Lodge where hereceived his degrees. He can demit (resign) [7]  if he so desires but only if he is ingood standing and his dues paid. A Mason might demit for personal reasons or to join another Lodge in those jurisdictions where multiple membership is notpermitted. After demitting, he continues to be regarded as a Mason in absentia andmay rejoin through a new application, but he and his family have no rights,privileges or claims on Freemasonry. [8]  Some sources (Mackey) claim that leavingthe lodge does not exempt him from his obligations nor the wholesome control ofthe Order over his moral conduct. [9]  A Mason may be expelled from his Lodge andFreemasonry in general if convicted of particularly serious violations of Civil orMasonic law. Expulsion from all of Freemasonry can only occur from a GrandLodge while lesser chapters can expel members from their specific lodges. [9] A Master Mason in good standing (i.e. whose dues are current and who is not subject to Masonic investigation or discipline) may join another regular Lodge; he need not take his degrees again, but may be expected to serve the new Lodge in office.If a Master Mason is dropped from the rolls for non-payment of dues, under most circumstances he may be immediately reinstated ingood standing simply by paying his current dues as well as any back dues owed, although in many jurisdictions there is a requirementto ballot for re-admission.Many Grand Lodges permit Master Masons to be plural affiliates, or members of more than one Lodge simultaneously. In some jurisdictions plural affiliates are prohibited from serving as an elected officer of more than one Lodge at any given time.These rules are different for Freemasons of the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees. In some Grand Lodges an EnteredApprentice or Fellowcraft may not receive a demit, but may join another Lodge with the intent of earning the Master Mason Degreewith the consent of his srcinal Lodge.The names, roles and numbers of Lodge officers vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In most cases, there is an equivalentoffice in the Grand Lodge of the given jurisdiction, with the addition of the prefix 'Grand' to the title in question.There are certain 'progressive' offices through which members move by a process of effective promotion, but also other morepermanent offices, usually held by experienced members. Masonic musicFreemasons lodgeKimbolton, NZ: Masonic LodgeNo.123 OfficersSee also   Media related to Freemasonry at Wikimedia CommonsRetrieved from This page was last edited on 13 December 2017, at 15:53. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using thissite, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the WikimediaFoundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.A. ^  ...the premier Grand Lodge was established on 24 June 1717, St John’s Day, when a feast was held at the Gooseand Gridiron Ale House in St Paul’s Churchyard. The four Lodges involved met at the Goose and Gridiron, theCrown Ale House in Parkers Lane (near the present building in Great Queen Street), The Apple Tree Tavern inCharles Street, Covent Garden and the Runner and Grapes Tavern in Channel Row, Westminster. Three still surviveand are now known as Lodge of Antiquity No 2, Fortitude and Old Cumberland Lodge No 12 (srcinally No 3) andRoyal Somerset House and Inverness Lodge No IV. These are known as time immemorial lodges the only lodges within the English constitution with this distinction. They, together with Grand Stewards’ Lodge, have the ability tooperate without a warrant. [10] 1. Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry( How To Become A Freemason ( MasonicLodge of Education . Retrieved November 10, 2013.3. Become a Mason: Requirements ( Grand Lodge of Illinois, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. Archived from the srcinal ( on 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08.4. Would you like to become part of history ( FreemasonNetwork  . Retrieved November 10, 2013.5. Robert L. D. Cooper, Cracking the Freemason's Code , Rider, 2009, p. 1976. Rev Neville Barker Cryer, What do you know about Ritual  , Lewis Masonic 2008, pp 7-87. Demit ( Masonic Dictionary  . Retrieved November 10, 2013.8. Demits ( NC Secretary Corner  . Retrieved November 10, 2013.9. Expulsion ( Masonic Dictionary  . Retrieved November 10, 2013.10. Green, Michael. Parkins, Brian, ed. The Grand Stewards and Red Apron Lodges: Introduction ( Archived from the srcinal ( on March 3, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017. NotesReferencesExternal links
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