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Common Maintenance – Part IV

Why does Freemasonry have a strange symbolism, like the skull?

The skull and bones, or specifically the skull (or the head of the dead) is actually the symbol of death because no one can avoid death and we are all equal in front of it. This is more of a means to remind us that regardless of our status in life, rich or poor, we all have the same fate and that our goal is to make this world better for all. The meaning of this symbol is that all Masons must participate in our noble efforts, namely, Brother love, Help and truth.

 

How much does it cost to be a Mason?

It varies from the lodge to the lodge, but all those wishing to join can find the right lodge. At the time of adhesion, there is an initiation fee and a sort to buy. The Mason member pays a monthly or annual fee (subscription) representing the cost of membership and administrative costs for the operation of the lodge. Normally, after the outfit is organized the L’agapa whose cost can be included in the subscription or can be paid separately.

Charitable donations are entirely at the discretion of the Mason, but always without prejudice to other responsibilities it has.

 

What happens in the Lodge at a Masonic reunion?

As in any association, there are certain administrative procedures – transcripts of the last meeting, proposals and elections for new members, discussing and voting on financial aspects, the election of officials, news and correspondence. Ceremonies are held for the admission of new members, the annual installation of the Venable master and the appointment of new officials, etc.

Ceremonies for admission a new member have two parts – a slight dramatic instruction in the principles and lessons specific to the Masonic works, followed by a lecture in which the candidates ‘ duties are specified.

 

 Are the meetings compulsory?

Not. No meeting is “compulsory.” Once a candidate has been raised to the degree of Master Mason (3rd degree), participation is completely voluntary. Moreover, a Mason is not obliged to only go to his lodge once he has obtained all 3 degrees and has attained a certain level of competence. As a full-fledged member, Master Mason can go to any lodge or Masonic meeting in his obedience.

However, when visiting other lodges, certain protocols must be fulfilled.

Ideally, once it has gone through all grades, there is faith that the new member will want to attend regular meetings and bring his contribution to the Organization and development of the Masonic order as long as time permits.

 

How many degrees exist in Freemasonry?

Freemasonry consists of the three basic degrees of “Masonic Works” (Apprentice, Companion and Master Mason), complemented by Royal Arch.

There are many other Masonic degrees and orders, called “additional” because they are added to the basis of the work and knowledge of the Royal Arch degree. They are not the basis for Freemasonry but supplement it by interpreting and illustrating the principles outlined in the work of the Masonic and Royal Arch. Some of these additional degrees are superior to the third degree numerically, but this does not affect the fact that they are additional and in no way superior to Masonic works.

The ranks represented by the additional grades do not constitute an opposition to the Royal Arch.

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