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    Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies. The lessons Freemasonry teaches in its ceremonies are to do with moral values (governing relations between people) and its acknowledgement, without in any way crossing the boundaries of religion, that everything depends on the providence of God. Freemasons feel that these lessons apply just as much today as they did when it took its modern form at the turn of the 17th century. Despite what many people claim, Freemasonry is not in any way a secret society. Freemasonry’s so-called secrets are solely used as a ceremonial way of demonstrating that one is a Freemason when in Lodge meetings. In any case, they have been exposed by the media for almost as long as Freemasonry has existed and are not important information anyway. The real point of a Freemason promising not to reveal them is basically a dramatic way of promising to keep one’s promises in general.

Perhaps one of the most notable ways of determining a persons involvment in Freemasonry is by some of the jewelry that person might wear. Most notable would be the 3rd degree Master Mason’ Ring.  Many examples of this rings are found on www.foxjewelry.net.

     Other reasons why Freemasonry cannot be called a secret society are that Freemasons do not promise to keep their membership secret (they can tell anyone they wish), where and when Freemasons meet are matters of public record (you can look up masonic centres in telephone directories) and our rule book, the Book of Constitutions and our aims are readily available to anyone. It is ironic that because Freemasons used to be reticent about their membership (because they were and still are taught never to use it to advance their own interests), critics have taken this the wrong way round and think that there is something secretive and nasty going on. Nothing could be further from the truth. sonry cannot be called a secret society are that Freemasons do not promise to keep their membership secret (they can tell anyone they wish), where and when Freemasons meet are matters of public record (you can look up masonic centres in telephone directories) and our rule book, the Book of Constitutions and our aims are readily available to anyone. It is ironic that because Freemasons used to be reticent about their membership (because they were and still are taught never to use it to advance their own interests), critics have taken this the wrong way round and think that there is something secretive and nasty going on. Nothing could be further from the truth.

07.08.2008

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The powers of the Worshipful Master are very great. Once the Worshipful Master makes a decision, there can be no appeal to the lodge. He answers only to the Grand Lodge for his actions taken growing out of his official duties. The Worshipful Master has the right and duty to bar from entrance, or remove from the Lodge any brother that may be in a condition that is not appropriate behavior for a Mason. The Worshipful Master regulates discussion within the Lodge and can call an end to debate whenever he sees fit.  Once a Master Mason has served as the Worshipful Master, he may wear the Past Master Ring or the Master Mason Ring. The Top Hat and Gavel shown on the Past Master Ring shown above are emblems indicative of the Past Master.