What is a Freemason? What does a Freemason do?
Freemason – free·ma·son. Definition: Often more commonly called a Mason, a Freemason is a member of one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies, dedicated to a moral and ethical approach to life.
Freemasons come from all faiths and backgrounds. A Freemason believes in a ‘Supreme Being’ and is concerned with moral and spiritual values. A moral and ethical approach to life is at the core of a Freemason: showing thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Each Freemason is urged to regard the interests of his family as paramount and practice concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
What does a Freemason Do? A Freemason is taught moral lessons and self-knowledge by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical plays performed within each Lodge. These rituals follow ancient forms, using stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
For a flavour of what it means to be a Mason why not watch these informative two part video interviews with Rick Wakeman by Lewis Masonic. He talks about his family, his masonic membership and what Freemasonry means to him:
Rick Wakeman interview (part 1)
Rick Wakeman interview (part 2)
What it means to me to be a Freemason:
I am someone who enjoys the company and fellowship of like minded men. Freemasonry provides an ideal mix of formality and informality derived from our ceremonies, the meal which follows each Lodge meeting and our charitable and social activities. My efforts in the Lodge room are always recognised on these occasions. As a visitor to other Lodges, I have always been made truly welcome, just as we welcome our own visitors.
I care about my fellow men, their welfare and the impact that my activities and actions have on them and on the world in general.
I endeavour to conduct my life according to high moral standards and integrity.
I enjoy participating in all aspects of Lodge activities, whether helping to organise a social event, set up a website, taking part in one of our ceremonies or helping my fellow Brethren to develop their own Masonic skills and knowledge. The pleasure I get from contributing to the success and reputation of our Lodge is immense. The fellowship we share is what makes Freemasonry a spiritually rewarding thing to do.
Finally, I derive great pleasure from studying and learning our ceremonies, researching the background to our ritual and its rich store of symbolism.
Just one of our member’s perspective – no two are the same!
To read some other perspectives on how and why people became Freemasons go to How I became a Freemason
Hopefully the above has given you some insight into: What is a Freemason and What does a Freemason do? If not, why not contact us for more information. If we have peaked your interest why not consider joining Freemasonry? If you would like to join please read our How to be a Freemason page. If having read that and you are still interested, to join you only need to ask us!