Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia Announcement

Brethren,

WASHINGTON DC – The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia has issued the following letter this evening declaring the “Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Lebanon,” sponsored by the Grand Lodge of New York, as an IRREGULAR GRAND LODGE.

The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, Most Worshipful Brother Richard J,Bautista, has declared that:

“the establishment of the Grand Lodge of Lebanon, without the full participation and agreement of our Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and the Grand Loge National Francaise to be HARMFUL to the world of regular Freemasonry, creates DISHARMONY among the Brethen and Lodges of the various jurisdictions and will ultimately bring DISREPUTE to the Craft in the Country of Lebanon.”

Brethren of regular and recognized jurisdictions should take notice.

Fraternally yours,

The District Grand Master of Lebanon
Grand Lodge of Scotland
Lebanon

“Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Lebanon” Irregular

The “Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Lebanon” sponsored by the Grand Lodge of New York, has been deemed to be an IRREGULAR GRAND LODGE much like all the other irregular Grand Lodges in Lebanon.

Our Brethren, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, should be careful not to engage with any members of any of the many irregular Grand Lodges in Lebanon.

The enclosed letter from our Grand Lodge clearly states our position vis-a-vie the Grand Lodge of New York and it’s latest precipitous scheme, the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Lebanon.

Though we should all take note of this sensitive situation, I encourage you all NOT to be distracted by all this negativity and to focus on re-building our inner selves through masonic education and a deep understanding of our ceremonies.

The District Grand Master of Lebanon
Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland

Freemasonry in Egypt

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Freemasonry in Egypt provided an outlet for political and social organization in the era of British colonization, and Masons played a role in the ‘Urabi revolution.

Anti-colonialist organizers such as the Islamic thinker Brother Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, Brother Muhammad ‘Abduh, and the noted writer Brother Ya’qub Sannu’ (of Abu Naddara fame) were prominent members of various Egyptian Masonic lodges.

Al-Afghani actively sought out Freemasonry because of its political dimension as a liberation movement:

“As the Freemason society does not interfere in cosmic politics, while it includes every free builder, and as the building tools it has are not used for demolishing the old buildings to erect the monuments of liberty, brotherhood, and equality, and as it does not raze the edifices of injustice, arrogance and oppression, then may the hands of the free never carry a hammer and may their building never rise…The first thing that enticed me to work in the building of the free was a solemn, impressive slogan: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity – whose objective seemed to be the good of mankind, the demolition of the edifices and the erection of the monuments of absolute justice. Hence I took Freemasonry to mean a drive for work, self-respect and disdain for life in the cause of fighting injustice.”

Sayyid Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, a political activist and Islamic ideologist in the Muslim world during the late 19th century.

Secrets of Freemasons

In Secrets of the Masons, cameras for the first time go behind the doors of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Scotland, in Edinburgh, the home of freemasonry, and lift the veil on the inner secrets of this normally closed world. With exclusive access to its 400-year-old archive, its members around the country and its grand master, who presides over 1,000 lodges and 100,000 Scottish Freemasons worldwide, we film at lodge meetings, the selection of new candidates and the installation of grand masters.

We discover famous Scots whose careers have been “helped” by being masons, including Robert Burns and leading light in the Scottish Enlightenment, James Watt.

All Lodges under the District Grand Lodge of Lebanon fall under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and are regular and recognized internationally. Interested in becoming a Freemason in Lebanon? Drop us a line here

 

Freemasonry formed the basis of the Boy Scout movement

 

What most Brethren miss, even Freemasons in Lebanon is that Freemasonry formed the basis of the Boy Scout movement when Lord Baden-Powell was inspired by Brother Rudyard Kipling’s masonic teachings.

A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Mason is a true and trusty brother, his bond is his word, and his brothers can count on him.

A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
A Mason has a duty to God, his country, family, friends, neighbors and himself.

A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Mason practices faith, hope and charity.

A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
A Mason is always ready to extend his hand in friendship to a fellow Mason.

A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
A Mason exemplifies a demeanor of respect towards his brothers.

A Scout is Kind.
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
A Mason shows brotherly love to his brothers and may gently correct their errant ways.

A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
A Mason is loyal to his country, respects the rule of law and squares his actions by the square of virtue.

A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Mason greets a fellow brother with a smile, a firm handshake and a greeting.

A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Mason thrives to preserve the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity.

A Scout is Brave.
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Mason understands that wisdom, strength and beauty are the pillars of a well governed lodge.

A Scout is Clean.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Mason is pure in thought, words and deeds.

A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.
A Mason has a belief in God, living his life by that great book and seeks the blessing of deity.

Excerpted from page 47-54, Boy Scout Handbook, 11th Edition,
(#33105), copyright 1998 by BSA, ISBN 0-8395-3105-2

Scout lodges differ little from regular lodges except the name and the background of the members. In addition, the members usually have one meeting each year when they attend in scout uniform and wear masonic regalia over their uniform. At the festive board of scout lodges it is fairly common to add to the list of toasts, ‘Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell. ‘ These lodges often have meetings where Scouters and or Rovers may be asked to attend for presentations. When this happens, and the lodge has been called off for this purpose, the young men see the leaders they admire in a fraternal setting. It is through this first contact with masonry and seeing the principles of masonry in operation that induces many young men to aspire to membership in the Fraternity.

Rotary, Lions & Freemasonry

Thanks to the fraternal principles espoused by Freemasonry, other organizations found their birth – the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Oddfellows, the Eagles, the Knights of Pythias, the Optimist Club, The Grange… the list goes on and on and on.

Nearly all of these have at least their inspiration, if not even a basis in Freemasonry, but NONE of them are Masonic.

Interestingly enough, Freemasons were founding members of both the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. Gustave E. Loehr, a Mason, was a charter member of the Rotary Club (though it was founded by Paul P. Harris, who was not a Mason), and Melvin Jones, the founder of the Lions Club, was actually a Mason. But again – Lions and Rotary are NOT Masonic though they have a large number of Freemasons as their members.

Also, some Lodges were largely if not entirely composed of Rotarians. The discovery of a badge with the Rotary wheel encircling the Masonic pair of compasses and the letter ‘G’ is evidence of this.

One such Lodge is ROTARIAN LODGE. No.4195: A Masonic Lodge for Members of the Rotary Movement whose Badge is in the Emblem. The Rotarian Lodge No. 4195, still active today, of London was granted its warrant by the United Grand Lodge of England on November 3, 1920. The lodge had 29 petitioners (founder members), all of whom would have had to have been Freemasons before they petitioned Grand Lodge to form a new lodge. A letter accompanying the petition, from one of the founders, Charles Dewey, states that the petitioners were all
members of the London Rotary Club, which at that time had over 300 members.

This is not the only Rotary lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England and it was not the first. The first was the Nottingham Rotary Lodge No.3941, formed in 1919 and mentioned in the Dewey letter. Another was the North Notts Rotary Lodge and in more recent times there have been five other Rotary Lodges, the Rotary Lodge of Suffolk No. 9306, East Lancashire Rotary Lodge No. 9359, Rotary Lodge of Norfolk No. 9367, Rotarian Lodge of Hong Kong No. 9378 and Rotary Lodge of Hampshire No. 9389. These last five have all been formed in the last twenty years.

Older Rotarians have said that there used to be Rotary Clubs that only accepted Masons as members. However, an edict came down sometime in the late 1930s from R.I. that quietly instructed such clubs to admit non-masonic members or they would lose their charters.

Ancient Wisdom – Freemasonry in Lebanon

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Freemasonry, as you know, has always found a great purpose in fostering human evolution. When everything else has been in darkness, Masonry has carried the glimmering light from generation to generation.

It originated with Ancient Wisdom, the true Light of Freemasonry. When the whole human family is united again, then shall this Ancient Wisdom benefit the whole of Humanity; then shall this light shine once more through the Beauty of harmonious life in one Brotherhood.

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