A Masonic Lodge

We try to build a better world . . . by building better men to work in our communities. Membership in Texas is limited to adult males, 18 years of age or older, who can meet recognized qualifications and standards of character and reputation. We are not a secret society. A secret organization is one which conceals its membership, has secret meeting places and of which the public has little knowledge regarding its organization or its principles. This does not fit the Masonic Fraternity at all. Our secrets are very few in number and deal with methods of personal recognition, various details of our rituals of meeting procedures, degrees and the privacy of each member's ballot.

Freemasonry is not a religion, although it is spiritual in character. Every applicant for the degrees in Freemasonry must express a belief and a trust in a Supreme Being, but Masonry does not take the place of religion. The Masonic fraternity encourages every member to attend and support the religion of his own choice. Lodges meet in regular monthly sessions and on such other days as are necessary to conduct its business and ritualistic work.

A Mason's attendance is earnestly solicited, but it is not intended that a Lodge should interfere with one's regular vocation or duty to family, God, or country. Countless opportunities are offered through active participation and membership in Masonic-related organizations. Family activities are often scheduled. Non-Masonic friends and families may also take part in many Masonic programs. If you find these descriptions appealing, we would love to have you, a friend, or a loved one visit with us. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably, it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.

In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several. There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.

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