History of Freemasonry

In the Middle Ages, the terms "mason" and "Freemason" were used

interchangeably. They were operative masons who built castles and

cathedrals in England and Scotland. Because of the inherent danger

of their work, many operative masons formed local organizations,

called lodges, to take care of sick and injured members as well as

the widows and orphans of those who were killed on the job. The

masons also used the lodges as places to meet, receive their pay, plan

their work, train new apprentices, and socialize.

In 1717, the first Grand Lodge was established in London. Within the next two decades, English Freemasonry spread throughout Europe and eventually made its way to the American colonies. The first lodge organized on American soil appeared in Philadelphia around 1730.  By 1733 a Provincial Grand Lodge was organized in Boston. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and other founding fathers were among the first Masons in America. Of the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution, 13 were Masons.

A word of our Worshipful Master                                             

In this new era in which we live, anyone can easily

search Google on their mobile device and will

surely find many good answers about what

Freemasonry is.n However, only true initiates

possess the tools necessary to know to be able"

Separate the wheat from the chaff ." We know

that mere knowledge is not wisdom. Knowledge put

to good use, that is Wisdom! It is however the

understanding these two that leads to true enlightenment, true

initiatic experience.This is why anyone who truly aspires to receive

the Light, has to first prepare himself in his heart to receive the

Light. For it is from there, the heart, that Sacred Temple, from which

our true self radiates, our true essence which is also the essence of

The All, making us all but one. That Divine Spark is like a Blazing

Star that shines in each one of us. Speculative Masonry teaches with

help of parables, the secret teachings of all times. It is the same

allegories that have been told since times immemorial. Freemasonry

however, allows each of its adepts the freedom to experience it

according to their own abilities and experiences. Tolerance, virtue

which Freemasonry strongly pursues, is a main ingredient that

forever holds together the Fraternal Chain our Just Order . Even in

the Holiest place of the Temple of Solomon, there were black and

white tiles. We each are on our own path towards the G ∴ A ∴ D ∴

U ∴. There will be always some that are ahead of us and some are

behind us. In the manner that we are tolerant of others, tolerance

will also be showed to us. The pendulum always moves equally from

one side to the other. Finally, I am convinced that in this new era of

Google and Facebook, that we are also living a new age of

enlightenment. The new cycle was even painted on the celestial

canopy recently.   " As above, so below".

Masonic teachings pertain everything required to help elevate

ourselves towards this change in global consciousness. Change

however, can only come from the inside out, from within each of us

who form our fraternal chain. It rest me no more than to invite all

BBr∴ that may see this, to join us, your BBr:. of RL:. Hiram No. 102,

to labor towards being found perfectly polished stones, ready for use

in beautifying the Great Work of G:. A :. D :. U :. Masonic education

is the just key for the release from captivity. The Light is available

to all, it just hast be desired enough.                                      


Br:. Randy D. Geerman.

© R:.L:. Hiram 102 2014
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