As an Entered Apprentice Mason, you were taught the beginnings of Freemasonry, its symbolism and morality. Further, you were given working tools for that Degree, and taught the manner in which to use them toward achieving proficiency and perfection. The second, or Fellowcraft Degree in Freemasonry, is symbolic of the advancement of your mind. In this degree, science, intellect, and industry are emphasized to teach young Brothers how to conduct themselves in a manner that impacts the whole of humanity in a positive way. Honorable conduct, wisdom to make decisions, and strength to such decisions and conduct are exemplified to each Entered Apprentice. Industry has been the cornerstone of mankind since its inception, and the labor to which a Mason is to undertake is explained in great detail. In accordance with the lessons of science and industry, and to continue the education and perfection of the symbolic and moral lessons taught in the Entered Apprentice Degree, each Fellowcraft will begin to learn the catechism of this Degree. Again, the Masonic catechism is a question and answer forum that will allow the Fellowcraft to comprehend and understand all that has occurred in this degree, its symbolic meanings and representations. Mastering this degree will require the Fellowcraft to successfully complete this catechism with proficiency to the Master Masons of the Lodge. Upon proven proficiency, he will then be raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
Upon demonstrated proficiency in the catechisms of the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees, you will be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. As a Master Mason, this is the highest degree that can be conferred upon you within a Masonic Blue Lodge (your home Lodge). Although this is the last degree within your Lodge, it is not the end of your search for knowledge and Light. In fact, it's just the beginning! In this degree, you will be taught lessons of integrity and tragedy. As you will learn, the working tools of a Master Mason are many, and it is only by the use of all the tools that a Master Mason will discover truth and Light. After being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, you will have the opportunity to learn the catechism of this degree. If you complete this catechism with proficiency, you will be given your own Masonic apron, which will include the dates of each previous initiation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Freemasonry and Masonic Lodge Membership
How old do I have to be to join a Masonic Lodge in Florida?
Answer: Currently, the minimum age requirement to petition a Masonic Lodge in Florida is eighteen.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
Answer: No. Freemasonry accepts men of all religions. The only requirement is that you must believe in Deity.
Is Freemasonry a secret society?
No. Freemasons are part of a worldwide fraternity of Brothers. While many of our rituals and communication are secret, or known only to Brothers, there is quite a bit of information made available to all regarding Freemasonry. If we were truly a secret society, we wouldn't be known to all people, and none of our symbols would be visible by anyone.
What do Masons do?
Masons believe in three principal tenets: relief, truth, and charity. As Masons, these tenets are exemplified not only within the fraternity, but throughout life. Freemasonry is a lifestyle, not a membership, and promotes family, honor, and the betterment of society. Masons currently contribute approximately two million dollars per day to various philanthropic organizations within the United States.
Can I be a member of two Masonic Lodges?
Assuming that you are in good standing with your home Lodge, you may petition a Florida Lodge for dual membership. A dual membership form is available here.
Do I have to be a Mason to join the Shriners?
Yes. All members of the Shrine are Master Masons in good standing.
If I petition a Masonic Lodge, will I be investigated?
Yes. The Digest of Masonic Law states that you must be a man of good moral character, and shall not have been convicted of a felony crime. As part of the petition process, you will be required to submit to a full background check. Additionally, an investigation committee from the Lodge will schedule a visit to your residence at a time convenient for you.
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