Richard Collyer Lodge 4905
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What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest fraternal societies. It is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) through a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each lodge. These follow ancient forms and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in it members a moral and ethical approach to life. It seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness to others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Relief - Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.
To become a member of the Richard Collyer Lodge please contact our Lodge Secretary Paul Flowerday through our Contact Us page.