EVER CONSIDERED JOINING?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. Its members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Judges, Corporate CEO’s, Opera Stars, Movie Stars and probably your next door neighbour or a member of your family.
And Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity.
It’s ready to welcome you if you can answer yes to a few questions.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honour and that a man has the responsibility to act with honour in everything he does?
Masons teach that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honour is hollow and empty - that a man who acts without honour is less than a man.
Do You Believe in a Supreme Being?
No Atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your individual faith is - that is a question between you and your god - but we do require that a man believes in a Supreme Being.
Do you believe you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others, we must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects or helping children to work or read or see - the world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Do you believe it is not only more blessed to give than receive, it is also more fun?
Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling - unlike any other - to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude, we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it?
Masonry is mutual help. Not necessarily financial help, but help in sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.
Do you feel that there is something more to life than financial success?
Masons know that self development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work on building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works on building a house.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen?
Masons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality and the opportunity for human development is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principles of good government and oppose every influence which would divide it into a degrading manner.
Do you believe that man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness towards people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men to see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
IF YOU ANSWERED YES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BECOMING A MASON
Freemasonry offers much to its members - the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals - men who have answered “YES” to these questions.
If you are interested in becoming a Freemason, approach any Mason that you know, who will be glad to help. A personal contact such as this is ideal, but if you live in or near Wigan and do not know of anyone in the Craft, contact us by email, and we will do our best to assist you.
Pemberton Masonic Hall