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A Grand Lodge, or "Grand Orient", is the usual governing body of "Craft", or "Blue Lodge", Freemasonry in a particular jurisdiction. The first Masonic Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717. Grand Orient is an alternative name given to a governing body of Craft, or Blue Lodge, Freemasonry in a particular jurisdiction other than Grand Lodge. ... The Masonic Square and Compasses. ... This article deals with organization in Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population...

The head of a Grand Lodge is called the Grand Master, and the other officers of the Grand Lodge prefix "Grand" to the titles of Lodge officers. Some Grand Lodges have established Provincial Grand Lodges as an organizational layer between themselves and member Lodges. In most areas of the world Masons gather together in Masonic Lodges to work the three degrees of Freemasonry: 1° = Entered Apprentice 2° = Fellow Craft 3° = Master Mason Blue Lodge is used to specify the basic Masonic Lodge granting the first three degrees and to differentiate it from other Masonic...

Grand Lodges are typically based on an area of civil government. They also function independently of any other Grand Lodge, with one notable exception: A Grand Lodge that is not "in amity with" (or recognized by) another Grand Lodge will not permit its members to visit Lodges in the second Grand Lodge's jurisdiction. The cause of a lack of amity is usually due to a perceived or actual violation of one of the Landmarks of Freemasonry. Furthermore, with a few exceptions, any Grand Lodge not recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is also not recognized by any Grand Lodge in amity with UGLE. The United Grand Lodge of Englands Coat of Arms Headquarters of The UGLE. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the main governing body of Freemasonry within England, and certain jurisdictions overseas (normally ex-British Empire and Commonwealth countries). ...

While the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of Ireland and the Grand Lodge of Scotland each govern Freemasonry within their respective countries, Continental European countries typically have more than one Grand Lodge per country. Historically, the United States of America had one Grand Lodge per state, independent of the Grand Lodge of any other state. Today, most have two: a "mainstream" Grand Lodge and a Prince Hall Grand Lodge. All of the "mainstream" Grand Lodges in the United States of America are recognized by each other, and most recognize each other's Prince Hall counterparts. The Grand Lodge of Ireland is the second oldest Grand Lodge of Freemasonry in the world. ... The Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland was founded in 1736 – although, in fact, only about a third of the independent lodges were represented at the foundation meeting of the Grand Lodge. ... This page is a list of all Masonic Grand Lodges that are recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). ...

Prince Hall Masonry, which was formed while Masonry in the United States was effectively segregated, has a predominantly black membership. Various philosophical and technical reasons historically prevented US "mainstream" Grand Lodges from recognizing or acknowledging Prince Hall Grand Lodges as regular bodies operating in accordance with the Landmarks of Freemasonry. Originally having one Grand Lodge for the whole United States, separate Prince Hall Grand Lodges now operate in most US states and jurisdictions. Many PHGLs also sponsor and govern Prince Hall Lodges abroad, principally on or near US military bases. Since the early 1990s onward, most, but not all, US Grand Lodges and Prince Hall Grand Lodges began to extend mutal recognition and promote visitations and fellowship between their members. Prince Hall Freemasonry derives from historically unique events which led to a tradition of separate, predominantly African-American, Freemasonic fraternal organization in North America. ... This article deals with organization in Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry. ... A military base is an isolated facility, settlement, or installation that shelters military equipment and personnel. ...

Other organizations which only accept Master Masons, such as Scottish Rite and the Shriners, have their own governing bodies, not called Grand Lodges, which are not directly accountable to the Grand Lodge in the jurisdiction in which they operate. Other Masonically-affiliated orders, such as the Order of the Eastern Star and DeMolay, are also independent. However, these organizations' governing bodies, as a rule, defer to their Grand Lodges as the essential authority over Masonry in their regions. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is one of several different rites of the worldwide fraternity known as freemasonry. ... A member of the Syrian Corvettes group of Shriners participates in a Memorial Day parade The Shriners, or Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, are an Order appendant to Freemasonry. ... General Grand Chapter logo The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world that both men and women can join. ... DeMolay International (originally known as the Order of DeMolay) is an international youth fraternity for young men between the ages of 12 to 21 (members who reach the age of 21 are referred to as Senior DeMolays). The organization helps prepare young men to lead successful, productive and happy lives...

There is no central body to oversee all of the Grand Lodges in the world, and therefore, individual Grand Lodge policies and practices can and do vary, though they have a similar basic framework in common. The lack of a central authority means that Grand Lodges are held together simply by fellowship with one another. This tends to negate many of the New World Order (conspiracy) conspiracy theories leveled against Masonry as a whole. New World Order (Novus Ordo Mundi) refers to a conspiracy theory in which a powerful and secretive group (Illuminati, Freemasons, etc. ...

On the other hand we do not have to forget that some Grand Lodges have a very high reputation like "ORIENT DE CANAAN" in Lebanon, this grand Lodge is very well known for his strong commitment toward all the brothers in Lebanon or in the surounding countries,specialy during the last war on Lebanon "ORIENT DE CANAAN" has opened his doors to hundreds of the civilians and brothers giving them the shelter and the protection.

ORIENT DE CANAAN is one of the greatest logde in the Middle East,with more than 2000 working brothers and sisters,it is located in the centre of Beirut,Lebanon.

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