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The Three basic tenets of Freemasonry upon which Freemasonry is founded and upon which every action of a Freemason should be grounded.


What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest secular fraternal societies. This document is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas. The explanation may correct some misconceptions.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry and Religion

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. It's essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meetings.

The Three Great Principles

For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles.
Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Relief - Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.


From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large charitable donations are given to national and local charities.


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How Do You Become a Freemason?

Freemason Membership Requirements for melrose Lodge

What are the requirements to join an English Free Mason lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa?

The requirements to join a Freemasons Lodge, are:

  • You must want to be a Freemason
  • You must be a man of good repute.
  • You must be over the age of 21 or a Student of 18 so you will need to ask.
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being.  (This is a requirement in the majority of jurisdictions around the world.)
  • You must be able to support yourself and your family.
  • You must live a moral and ethical life.
  • You must have a strong desire to want to make a difference in the world. By your actions, you want to make yourself a better man, and make your community and the world a better place to live.

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Tercentenary Celebrations: Royal Albert Hall and Battersea Evolution. London – 31st October 2017

District Grand Lodge South Africa

10th November 2016

Dear Sir and Brother

Tercentenary Celebrations:
Royal Albert Hall and Battersea Evolution.
London – 31st October 2017

As you know the United Grand Lodge of England Tercentenary celebrations culminate on the 31st October 2017 with a Masonic celebration at the Royal Albert Hall to be attended by some 5000 Brethren from around the world in full regalia. The event will be followed by a Festive Board with circa 2500 dining at the Battersea Evolution (the entertainment venue on the site of the old Battersea Power Station for those that may know it). As a District, we have been allocated 31 tickets to the Royal Albert Hall and 11 for the Battersea Evolution event. Both are restricted to Brethren who are members of the English Constitution. Please also note that the invitation to either does not extend to wives or partners, given the ‘limited number’ of spaces. Cost of the Festive Board is £135 per head.

For those wishing to attend – please read below:

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