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In most areas of the world Masons gather together in Masonic Lodges to work the three degrees of Freemasonry: A Master Mason is the designation of a Freemason who has completed the Third Degree in Masonic Lodge (aka Blue Lodge or Craft Masonry). ... the Square and Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ...

  • 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 organizations. This somewhat colloquial term was originally frowned upon, but has gained more widespread and mainstream usage in recent times. The term Craft Lodge is more usual in Great Britain.


Masons who have belonged to more than one Lodge may use Mother Lodge to identify the particular Lodge where they were first "made a Mason", i.e., received the first degree. Mother Lodge may also refer to a Lodge which warrants or sponsors the creation of a new Lodge, although these specific procedures vary throughout history and in different jurisdictions.


Although concordant bodies of Masonry (such as the York Rite, Scottish Rite, Swedish Rite and Shriners) may grant so-called "higher" degrees, numbered as "fourth" and above, it is said that there is no degree in Freemasonry greater than the third, or Master Mason degree. Bodies governing Blue Lodge or Craft Masonry are the core of all Masonic practice and are recognized as the authoritative voice of Freemasonry by concordant and appendant bodies in their particular jurisdiction. The York Rite is one of the two main branches of Freemasonry in the United States which a Master Mason may decide to join for further exposure to Masonic knowledge, the other branch being the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. ... The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is a Masonic Order. ... The Swedish Rite is a variation of Freemasonry that is worked in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. ... 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. ...


Lodges are governed by national or provincial groups, usually called Grand Lodges. Recognition or regularity of a Lodge or a Grand Lodge is granted by mutual agreement with existing Grand Lodges, according to established traditions and principles. Lodges formed outside of the boundaries of these principles are generally considered irregular or clandestine by other regular Lodges and are excluded from fellowship and visitation. This article needs to be wikified. ...


Grand Lodges and regions may include further traditions and variations on the three degrees. In England, the third degree is "Completed" within a Holy Royal Arch Chapter, sponsored by a Craft Lodge. Together they form "The Craft" under the English Constitution. This "addition" facilitated the end of the Schism of "Antients" Grand Lodge with the "Moderns" in 1813. In Scotland, the Mark Degree (as a completion of the second degree), is integrated into "The Craft" under the Scottish Constitution. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Scottish Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ...


In some countries, craft lodges under different jurisdictions operate in the same territory in perfect harmony and collaboration. For example, in Catholic Malta, the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta has some nine subordinate lodges, whilst the Scottish Constitution operates another lodge, Lodge St. Andrew, and The United Grand Lodge of England operates a further two lodges, namely Lodge De Rohan, and Lodge St. John and St. Paul. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The United Grand Lodge of Englands Coat of Arms 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). ...


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Bodies governing Blue Lodge or Craft Masonry are the core of all Masonic practice and are recognized as the authoritative voice of Freemasonry by concordant and appendant bodies in their particular jurisdiction.
Lodges are governed by national or provincial groups, usually called Grand Lodges.
Lodges formed outside of the boundaries of these principles are generally considered irregular or clandestine by other regular Lodges and are excluded from fellowship and visitation.
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