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Ask A Mason http://www.masonforum.com/ Ask A Mason en Copyright 2019 2019-01-11T22:11:13-05:00 Glad I joined the Masonic Brotherhood http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12132/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12132/#When:23:49:01Z <p>Good Evening Brethren,<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Just checking in reading some post here and just happy as I continue through the seats. This year I have the privilege of sitting in the Senior Wardens Chair. It is going to be a fun year as I prepare to get ready for the year and especially our Inspection Season. I really enjoyed last year as Senior Deacon which I learned a lot with the Candidates.&nbsp; This year will be challenging for me and I am really excited!&nbsp; Hopefully next year will be in the East. I’m still working on my first Lecture and hope to deliver that soon in the FC Degree. This will be my 4th year and how quickly the time goes! Really trying to learn and take in as much as I can with out getting overwhelmed. I wished I would have joined years ago as a young man. Im here now and Proud to be a Mason!!!!<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Continued Learning and Success, </p> 2019-01-08T23:49:01-05:00 English and American Orders differences explained http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12133/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12133/#When:05:37:17Z <p>Hi Bretheren,<br /> I saw this on UGLE Solomon and thought it was an easy explanation of the historic differences between the orders in England and in the USA.</p> <p>It is in the USA that the greatest difference is seen. There, the Royal Arch forms part of a linked system<br /> designated the ‘York Rite’, as opposed to the ‘Scottish Rite’, which is their name for what we call the<br /> ‘Ancient and Accepted Rite’. The York Rite developed as a result of the great influence of the Antients’<br /> Grand Lodge of England on the development of American Freemasonry. The warrants of Lodges under the<br /> Antients’ Grand Lodge stated that they were working ‘according to the ancient institutions granted by<br /> Prince Edwin at York in AD 926’. This resulted in American Brethren referring to themselves as ‘Ancient<br /> York Masons’.<br /> We also know that the Antient’s Lodges believed that their warrants empowered them to work any of the<br /> known Masonic degrees within the Lodge and so they developed a linked system of the three Craft<br /> Degrees followed by the Mark, Passing the Chair (if the candidate was not already an Installed Master), the<br /> Excellent Master and High or Super Excellent Master Degrees (the Veils ceremony) which qualified the<br /> candidate for Exaltation and then allowed him to proceed to the Knight Templar, Rose Croix and ne plus<br /> ultra degrees. This was the system that prevailed when the America lodges declared their independence<br /> after the British colonies became the United States of America, and it continued when the Craft separated<br /> itself from the other degrees, and the State Grand Chapters and other governing bodies began to be<br /> formed.<br /> Today, in general terms (as there are local differences) the York Rite in the USA consists of the Royal Arch,<br /> in which the necessary preliminaries are the Mark, a Virtual Master Degree (many American Grand Lodges<br /> do not have a special Installation ceremony like ours) and the Veils Ceremony, followed by the Knight of<br /> Malta, Knight Templar and Red Cross degrees, the whole being worked as a progressive system. </p> <p>Confusingly for us, despite the linking and interdependence of the Degrees, the various sections of the York<br /> Rite - the Royal Arch, the Cryptic and the Knight Templar; each has its own sovereign and independent<br /> State governing body and each has a national body which acts in an advisory capacity. </p> 2019-01-10T05:37:17-05:00 Prince Hall Lodge in Dubai, UAE http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11123/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11123/#When:12:41:05Z <p>Yes there is now for the past 1 1/4 year, a Prince Hall Lodge here in Dubai, UAE </p> 2014-12-03T12:41:05-05:00 Religion and oaths. http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12130/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12130/#When:16:05:01Z <p>Hey everyone. So I asked for a petition and I filled it out, got a few signatures and everything. I then went to my preacher and asked how he felt about Freemasonry. I attend the church of christ which is a non denominational church.He was telling me that Masonry is a religion and some guy said that theres a great lodge in heaven. He was also telling me that you take a blood oath and by doing that you’re in an oath with people who are not Christian’s but people who have different faiths, which is not allowed in the bible. I want to be a Freemason still but I need more information on this. </p> 2018-12-27T16:05:01-05:00 FREEMASONRY IN KENYA http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12129/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12129/#When:08:54:05Z <p>Masonry in Kenya or do i call it east Africa in general.The craft is so much a secret in Kenya.Their website has been hacked and more so no contacts in their website,only an email address which after you request for inquiries about membership nobody replies.I understand its a fraternity of secrets but its not fair because so many innocent souls are out there requesting to join and in the process many of them are conned by scammers who direct them to send money to them. </p> 2018-12-19T08:54:05-05:00 Anyone from Lake Buena Vista Area? http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12128/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12128/#When:15:08:45Z <p>Greetings Brethren,</p> <p>Anyone from Lake Buena Vista - Orlando, FL area?</p> <p>I will be there for 20 days and would be nice to meet with some Brethren, or even visit your Lodge.</p> <p>If yes, please let me know so that I ask our Secretary for the formalities.</p> <p>Fraternally, </p> 2018-12-07T15:08:45-05:00 I’m ready to become a Mason BUT. . . http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12126/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12126/#When:21:58:43Z <p>Hey there! Thanks for looking here. Okay so a quick recap. About a year or two ago I asked to become a mason. I thought then that the time was right and looking back now, I wasn’t ready. A new year quickly approaches now and I’m ready. I have four main problems right now though.<br /> 1. I already asked to be a Mason, and I’m not sure who i can ask now and if i can ask again. </p> <p>2. I live in a small town and I want to attend this lodge but again I asked one of the members and I’m not sure if it’s right to ask again</p> <p>3. My friend wants to join with me. I’m not sure if that’s allowed or if we need to take our own paths or what. He said he’ll join when I join. </p> <p>4. Again I live in a small town and unfortunately a lot of people know my father as an alcoholic, a drug addict, etc. My father also has had run in with the police multiple times and a lot of the police that he has dealt with are in fact masons that attend the lodge I want to attend. Ofcourse I know that I need to take my own path and better myself. Actually a side note: as I write this I can hear my father ramble on drunk in the other room. </p> <p>Can someone help me out here? I feel stuck and I’m not sure what to do. My situation is tense. Thank you for reading this and answering my questions I appreciate it.</p> <p>EDIT:I’m also afraid of being black balled for these things. </p> 2018-12-03T21:58:43-05:00 Wisdom, Strength and Beauty http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12121/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12121/#When:18:24:41Z <p>Hello.</p> <p>I have a few questions to ask and was wondering if a Mason could give me an answer.</p> <p>1) As I understand it within the Lodge the ranking of the pillars are Wisdom, Strength and then Beauty. Why is Wisdom placed above Beauty in the Masonic lodge? </p> <p><br /> 2) Do Masons consider themselves the Tribe of Judah? (or at least those of the York Rite)</p> <p><br /> 3) Considering the massive amount of antimasonic propaganda and distorted public opinion, do you fear that you will suffer another WWII masonic holocaust in the lead up to, what seems like, WW III?</p> <p><br /> What has been is what shall be, what has been done is what shall be done. There is nothing new under the sun.</p> <p><br /> Thank you </p> <p><br /> Kim </p> 2018-11-21T18:24:41-05:00 I feel led to freemasonry http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12123/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/12123/#When:20:46:54Z <p>Hello everyone,</p> <p>I am new to the site. I am 23 years old and live in Utah, although that is not where I am from. I do not have family members that are, or have been masons (that I know of). Throughout a series of spiritual experiences and epiphanies, I feel led to freemasonry. My interest is totally organic, which leads me to one of my questions: is this a common theme amongst masons? Feeling organically led without knowing any masons personally or having family involved? I’m just curious. Also, are there any platforms I can go visit to casually chat with masons and maybe exchange skype or phone numbers? I have taken a tour of the local lodge in the past and went to a meetup, but have only very recently committed to attending regularly so that I can submit my petition. My first meetup in over a year and only 2nd meetup ever is on thursday the 29th. Thank you and I look forward to my journey in becoming a better man. </p> 2018-11-26T20:46:54-05:00 Lodge in Saudi Arabia http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/5421/ http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/5421/#When:06:46:31Z <p><span style="font-size:16px;">Hello Brothers.</p> <p>I would like to know is there any mason lodge or masons websites lodge in Saudi Arabia?<br /> please pm me or post the contact number.</p> <p>Thanking in advance!</span> </p> 2012-04-20T06:46:31-05:00

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