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The Craft of Freemasonry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rodney Dawson   

Masonry consists of ceremonies of initiation called degrees that teach moral and spiritual lessons. Symbolic lodge consists of three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason. These rituals have a traditional basis in Judeo-Christian beliefs and bear resemblance to rites of initiation which have appeared throughout recorded history (ancient Egypt, for example). Our craft utilizes symbols from the operative stonemasons of Europe.

The lessons of each degree build upon those that preceded it. New candidates are required to show certain proficiencies before progressing. The ceremony of each degree consists of a preparatory stage, obligation or oath, a lecture which expounds upon the ceremony, a charge which suggests actions or behaviors, and follow-up educational resources. Some degrees include an allegorical play in which the candidate participates, to further expound upon the lessons. The ceremonies are almost exclusively conducted from memory. Members participating in a degree have undertaken the responsibility to commit some specific role to memory. This enables them to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the lessons they share.

There are many degrees beyond the first three which provide more light. All Masons who have received the first three degrees have the option to continue their Masonic education through participation in related Masonic bodies, such as the York Rite, Scottish Rite, Grotto and Shriners.

It should be noted that Freemasonry is open to all men who believe in a supreme being. It doesn’t matter what religion you practice or your specific beliefs. My childhood roots were in Christianity, but I now adhere more to the tenets of Buddhism than any other practice and received my initiation with the Dhammapada, a Buddhist scripture.

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Golden Gate #245 is a chartered lodge of The Grand Lodge of Ohio, Free and Accepted Masons, sharing its historic building in Chagrin Falls with other Masonic bodies including; Solon Lodge #757 F.&A.M., Chagrin Falls Chapter #152 Royal Arch Masons, Golden Rule #442 Order of the Eastern Star, Oriental Commandery #12 Knights Templar, and Windermere Council #113 Royal & Select Masons. Learn more about Freemasonry by contacting us or a lodge near you.