Freemasons host Capewide open house Saturday, February 25

Cape Cod Freemasons welcome public to enlighten, educate, and inform

Joining with Masonic lodges across the Commonwealth, Freemasons meeting in 12 Cape Cod communities from Bourne to Provincetown, as well as the Islands, will open their doors to the public on Saturday, February 25, between 9 am and 3 pm. Billed as the 2012 Early Spring Open House, it is a state-wide celebration of Freemasonry. 

If you have ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templars, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out.

More than 230 lodges will be hosting Open Houses to help the public gain a better understanding of what Freemasonry is, and the positive impact that is has on its members, their families, and community.  Members will provide tours of their building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs, and symbols, and explain what they do. To find the closest Lodge, visit AskaFreemason.org and use the “Find a Lodge” tool.

Here on Cape Cod the Masons are well known for their charitable works.  From bloodmobiles to the MyChip child identification program to scholarship assistance, the Masons have supported local families since the 1700’s when Paul Revere opened several Lodges on the Cape.  Readers of Cape Cod Today know the Masons best for their Masonic Angel Fund program and the MAF’s Laptops for KidZ project.

“The 2012 Spring Open House is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry to meet and talk with Masons in their community,” said Richard J. Stewart, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and the presiding officer of 36,000 members.  “Although many have heard of us, very few are aware that for over 275 years we have been part of an unbroken tradition of great men who have changed our world in ways both big and small.  Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thurgood Marshall, and John Glenn, for example, all joined the Masons prior to achieving the greatness we recognize them for.  There are countless other great men, whose names are not widely known, that made their families, workplaces, and communities better because they were Masons.  I warmly invite the public to join us on February 25th.”

Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the last millennium.  As construction of these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their trade.  These new members, influenced by the “Age of Enlightenment,” transformed the organization from a group for builders to one focused on developing the character of its members.  Freemasonry was formally organized in London, England in 1717. In 1733 it was formally organized in Massachusetts, making it the oldest Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world. In 2008, Massachusetts Freemasons celebrated their 275th Anniversary.

Cape Cod & Islands Lodges:

Courtesy of the Freemasons.

Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion and develop the bonds of friendship between them.  Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3,000,000 is given to charity every day, 70% of which benefits the general public.  During its initiation ceremony, which uses symbolism and allegory, its members are encouraged to value principles, ethics, and morality and to live their lives accordingly.  By “making good men better,” Freemasonry positively benefits its members, families and communities.  Freemasonry in Massachusetts is comprised of 36,000 members and more than 230 lodges throughout the Commonwealth.  For additional information, please call 800.882.1020, or visit askafreemason.org.

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