The Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons
The Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons is a detached independent body of men from all walks of life. They meet regularly initially to work on their personal development. These meetings which are based on Christian thought are conducted with dignity and bound in tradition.
The idea and aim of Freemasonry is to influence the process of ennoblement and personal improvement by promoting humility, tolerance and compassion. Those qualities which the members master in the lodge should be practised in their daily lives.
These human qualities can of course be attained and practised by others who are not freemasons, but the Order of Freemasons in an organisation where this thought has taken a practical form which enable its members to develop it through ancient rituals, and with dignity.
The Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons does not engage itself in national or international political issues, nor does it engage itself in religious or social disputes.
The members shall show loyalty to the authority and laws of the land. They shall show respect for the Order itself and the aims of Freemasonry.
A short history
Our present day Freemasonry grew forth in Germany, France, Scotland and England in the 1600´s as an ethical and philosophical system based on the art of building, its symbolism and history. The Order, in its original form, was established in 1705 by the Premier Grand Lodge of English Masons at York.
The system was quickly adopted by the London Lodges and became predominant in continental Europe.
What is a lodge?
It is the name given to the assembly room or building where the Masonic brothers meet. A lodge meeting, as a rule, includes a solemn ceremony where new brothers are received into their respective degrees. These admissions are conducted within a framework of solemnity with opening and closing ceremonies, with Rituals rich in Tradition. The lodge evening closes with a simple meal in an air of informality among the brothers.
The foundation for our Masonic system is the first three degrees, which are called Blue Lodge of Freemasonry or Saint John Lodges where brothers receive the titles appropriate to their degree - I. Entered Apprentice II. Fellowcraft and III. Master Mason as in accordance with the art of building.
This Degrees are only Obtained in a Blue Lodge regularly constituted under a State Grand Lodge.
This is followed by Philosophical Masonry, which works within the 4th to the 95th Degrees.
How does one become a member?
To become a member of the Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons, which has today members all over the globe, one must be sponsored by two members of the Order. Those seeking admission must profess to the Christian faith (or have a firm believe in Jesus the Christ), have reached the age of 24 and be known to have stability in his daily life.
Not secret, but closed
The Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons is not a secret order. It operates openly. It is evident from this that the Masonic system worked to has its basis in the Christian faith.
It is in point of fact a Christian Order, but within this framework no demands are made for adherence to special dogmas or creeds.
The Masonic learning system is closed to outsiders. Freemasonry is a school lasting a lifetime where a Master Mason has to work through the degrees 4th to 95th and last of Ancient and Primitive Freemasonry.
The content of each degree is held closed until the freemason himself has had the opportunity to take a standpoint on questions and challenges, which are attached to each new degree.
The Ancient and Primitive Order of Freemasons is an independent Order, unbound and under no obligation to any foreign order. There is however good co-operation between the Ancient and Primitive Order and other Masonic orders all over the world.
A humanitarian Order
To show compassion and fellowship is an obligation for each human being, but a freemason is especially bound and must be most vigilant in this area.
Regular collections are arranged to support and help our fellow mortals who might be in need of a helping hand. Annually a cause or institution is chosen for the Orders’ Common Gift, and a united collection is taken on its behalf.
"Preserving the ancient mysteries of masonry"
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