Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
By definition, Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organizations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of degrees. Its members are taught its principles by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, using stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Your first step in Freemasonry begins at Doylestown Lodge no. 245, the foundational blue lodge of our York Rite system. To join, you may contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone to 215-348-7510.
What To Know Before You Join:
- Membership is a long-term commitment.
- Members must meet and maintain Masonic standards.
- There is a one-time Initiation Fee.
- Membership Dues are paid annually.
For more information on Freemasonry in general, you may also visit the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania website.
Meaning of the Square and Compasses:
The Square and Compasses is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect’s tools and are used as emblems in Masonic ceremonies to teach symbolic lessons. Some Lodges explain these symbols as lessons in conduct, e.g.: “The square teaches us to square our actions by the square of virtue; the compasses, to circumscribe our desires and keep them within due bounds.”