Joining with Masonic lodges across the Commonwealth, Freemasons meeting in the Marion, Pythagorean Lodge building, 13 Spring St., will open their doors to the public on Saturday, October 19, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, as part of the Square and Compasses Day, a statewide celebration of Freemasonry. If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templars, or what the inside of their buildings look 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, the positive impact that it has on its members, their families, and their communities. Members will provide tours of their building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs, and symbols, and explain what they do.
Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion in order to 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 high principles, ethics, and morals 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 32,000 members in more than 230 different lodges throughout the Commonwealth. For additional information, please call 800-882-1020, or visit www.askafreemason.org.