Richmond Lodge No. 412 F.&A.M.
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Information every mason should know about his fraternity
Freemasonry may be traced by history and tradition back through the centuries to the remotest ages of the World. At one time or other through the years, many theories have been advanced to explain the beginning of the Craft.
The Development of Freemasonry
We have no definite knowledge as to when the custom of admitting non-operatives to membership in a lodge of Masons was started. The earliest existing record of a non-operative Member is a reference to the presence of the Laird of Auchinleck at a meeting of the Lodge of Edinburgh, Mary's Chapel, on June 8, 1600 .
The Symbolism of Freemasonry
A widely quoted definition of Freemasonry states that it is a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.
Freemasonry ---- A Way of Life.
Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance toward evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and, above all, reverence and love for God.
The contents of these pages that follow are taken from the Candidate Education Series published by the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. We thank our Brethren for allowing us to post this.