Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Masons are a secret and fraternal organization which is believed to have evolved from the ancient guilds of the stonemasons... Membership is open to men only, requires no allegiance to a single faith or religion, although belief in a god is considered a necessity...Because of their secret rituals and pop-culture references portraying them as a dark, cryptic society,Masons have always been shrouded in mystery....But this past weekend, I was reading were they invite the public into their world...Now growing up I remember that both my grandparents were part of this secret society...My grandfather was a Prince Hall Mason and my grandmother was a Eastern Star....At My grandmother church on certain Sundays they would have something call turn out Sunday...That's were all the Eastern Star ladies would wear all white and they would have some kinda sash which would be thrown across their shoulder with some kinda of writing on it...At my granny funeral I remember the Eastern Star ladies were all dressed up in formal and did some kind of ceremony over her casket it frighten me ...At my grandfather funeral the men dressed in black tuxedos and white gloves....When you are young things like that will scare the heck outer you for years to come...Any way The basic unit of Freemasonry is “the Lodge,” which exists under a charter issued by a Grand Lodge exercising administrative powers... The Lodges are linked together informally by a system of mutual recognition between Lodges that meet the Masonic requirements. The Lodge confers three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. Additional degrees are conferred by two groups of advanced Masonry: The York Rite (which awards 12 degrees) and the Scottish Rite (which awards 30 higher degrees). The original Freemasons were required to be actual craftsman, either in stone laying or brick masonry... However, in and around the year of 1722, the Freemasons became known as the “Free and Accepted Masons” where the members were no longer required to be of the craft...My question how did this secret society find its way into the church? This has always puzzled me I am not saying it should not be there but why is it there? There is a rumor that our president is a 33 degree what ever that is.