Frequently Asked Questions
Who can become a Freemason?
Any Man who is at least 21, is law-abiding, of good character and believes in God, can become a Freemason. The Order is not restricted to Protestants: it is open to all Men of all Faiths, such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Contrary to popular belief, the Order has many Roman Catholics in its Membership.
Is Religion Relevant to Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is secular, i.e. non-religeous, but it encourages all its Members, who are required to believe in a supreme being and to follow their own faith. Lodge Meetings are opened and closed with Prayers, as are the daily sessions of the House of Commons, but discussion of Religion, and indeed Politics, is Prohibited at Lodge Meetings.
Does Freemasonry Have Anything to Hide?
Definitely not! If it were, this Web site would not exist and be available for Public view World-Wide. Most people know where the Meeting places are, the Ritual of the Ceremonies and the many Books written about Freemasonry can be read in Public Libraries. Members are encouraged to speak openly about their Membership. Like many other Organizations, though, Meetings of Lodges are held in Private.
How Much Does It Cost to Become A Freemason?
It varies from Lodge to Lodge but anyone wishing to join can find a Lodge to suit his pocket. On entry, there is an Initiation Fee and an Apron to buy. A Member pays an Annual Subscription to his Lodge which covers his Membership and the Administrative Cost of running the Lodge. It is usual to have a Meal after the Meeting; the Cost of this can be included either in the Annual Subscription or paid for at the time. It is entirely up to the individual Member what he gives to Charity, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities to his Family and his Business.
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