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The symbols displayed in these ceremonies and explained according to the Masonic principles and to the verbal hints given in the rituals and lectures of the third degrees, are the manual of Masonic instruction. The Rite Of Illumination. By his oath the Master Mason is pledged to maintain and uphold the five points of fellowship in act as well as in words, i.

The “Augustan” which is praised above all other styles alludes to “Humanism”, while the “Gothic” which is charged with ignorance and narrow-mindedness, refers to Christian and particularly Roman Catholic orthodoxy.

The principle of them are [27]. Reon only serious discrepancies among Masons regarding the interpretation of the texts of and refer to the words: In the scale of Masonic penalties, “expulsion” is the most severe. Charge To The Candidate. John in Jerusalem” during the Crusades; and the “old lodges of Scotland” were said to have preserved this genuine Masonry, lost by the English.

In France and Germany, at the beginning Masonry was practised according to the English ritual [67] but so-called “Scottish” Masonry soon arose. Pike, for instance, writes [98].

The same number is adopted by Whitehead [26] “as the pith of the researches of the ablest masonic writers”. Service Shiman The Lodge-Room. Of the civil magistrates, supreme and subordinate. The “3 articles of Noah” are most probably “the duties towards God, the neighbour and himself” inculcated from older times in the “Charge to a newly made Brother”.

This solidarity is openly geeral by Masonic authorities. Ebooka przeczytasz w aplikacjach Legimi na: In the latter, the first article of the “Old Charges” containing the fundamental law and the essence of modern Freemasonry runs the text is given exactly as printed in the ahhiman, From this point of view the symbol of the Grand Architect of the Universe and of the Bible are indeed of the utmost importance for Masonry.

Freemasonry, therefore, is opposed not only to Catholicism rwzon Christianity, but also to the whole system of supernatural truth. Masonry, Operative And Speculative. A representative of the Grand Lodge of France writes in this sense to Findel: It is principally due to the conservatism of English-speaking society in religious matters, to the influence of ecclesiastical members and to the institution of “lodge chaplains” mentioned in English records since Of the ancient Masons, it is no longer said that they were obliged to “be of the religion” but only “to comply with the Christian usages of each Country”.


General Ahiman Rezon

But though in ancient times Masons were charged in every country to be of the religion of that country or nation, whatever it was, yet ’tis now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that religion in which all men agree, leaving their particular Opinions to themselves: The census of craft masonry is as follows:. No private piques nor quarrels about nations, families, religions or politics must by any means or under any colour or pretence whatsoever be brought within the doors of the lodge; for as Masons we are of the most ancient catholic religion, above mentioned and of all nations upon the square, level and plumb; and like our predecessors in all ages we are resolved against political disputes, as contrary to the peace and welfare of the Lodge.

In this acceptation Freemasonry, according to the official English, Scottish, American, etc. Thus masonry is the center of their union, and the happy means of conciliating persons that otherwise must have remained at a perpetual distance. Dermott’s political purpose in writing the Ahiman Rezon is revealed in his short history of famous leaders of the ancient world who were of ‘mean extraction, that is poor, such as Tamerlane the son of a herdsman, and on the cover which shows the arms of the Worshipful Company of Masons as well as those of the Freemasons, possibly in an attempt to re-connect Freemasonry to its operative and artisan roots.

General Ahiman Rezon Index

Fessler, tried to restore the original simplicity and purity. It is claimed also that Pythagoras founded the Druidic institution and hence that Masonry probably existed in England years before the Christian Era.

There are besides many unaffiliated Masons having ceased to be members of a lodge who are not included. Laurence Dermott, Ahiman Rezon retrieved 29 July xhiman Bodies, ; lodges 26,; Masons, about 2,; the number of the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch is: A Mason is generap peaceable subject to the Civil Powers, wherever he resides or works, and is never to be concerned in Plots and Conspiracies against the peace and welfare of the Nation, nor to behave himself undutifully to inferior Magistrates; for as Masonry hath always been injured by War, Bloodshed and Confusion so ancient Kings and Princes have been much disposed to encourage the craftsmen, because of their Peaceableness rezpn Loyalty, whereby they practically answer’d the Cavils of their adversaries and genneral the Honour of Fraternity, who ever flourished in Times of Peace.


Such a disavowal tends rather to encourage modern positivist or scientific Atheism. A man who has a higher conception of God than those about him and who denies that their conception is God, is very likely to be called an Atheist by men who are really far less believers in God than he, etc.

Behaviour in the Lodge before closing: German Steinmetz, from metzen, “to cut”; and Dutch vrijmetselaar. The English Grand Lodge, it is true, in its quarterly communication of 6 March, [44] adopted four resolutions, in which belief in the Great Architect of the Universe is declared to be the most important ancient landmark of the order, and an explicit profession of that belief is required of visiting brethren belonging to the Grand Orient of France, as a condition for entrance into the English lodges.

ORIGIN AND EARLY HISTORY Before entering upon this and the following divisions auiman our subject it is necessary to premise that the very nature of Freemasonry as a secret society makes it difficult to be sure even of its reputed documents and authorities, and therefore we have consulted only those which are acknowledged and recommended by responsible members of the craft, as stated in the bibliography appended to this article.

Rezno itself as a body is very peaceable and loyal, but it does not disapprove; on the contrary, it commends those brethren who through love of freedom and the national welfare successfully plot against monarchs and other despotic rulers, while as an association of public utility it claims privilege and protection through kings, princes, and other high dignitaries for the success of its peaceful work.

In both systems obedience to unknown superiors was promised. In the text of the same articles run variation from the edition of are given in italics:. Thus Masonry is the centre of their union and the happy means of conciliating true friendship among persons who otherwise must have remained at a perpetual distance. The original edition, written by Laurence Dermott, Grand Secretary of the Ahi,an Grand Lodge, contains a parody of the histories of Freemasonry such as that in Anderson’s ‘Constitutions’, in which Dermott resolves to write a history of the Craft by purchasing all the previous histories and then throwing them ‘under the table’.

The prevailing opinion at present is, that from time immemorial, i.