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This article deals with organization in Craft or "Blue Lodge" Freemasonry. For information on organization in appendant Masonic bodies such as York Rite and Scottish Rite, please see the appropriate article. 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 worldwide Masonic fraternity. ...

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Regularity

Regularity is the process by which individual Grand Lodges recognise one another for the purposes of allowing formal interaction within a ritual context at Grand Lodge level and intervisitation by Private Members. A Grand Lodge is the usual governing body of Craft or, Blue Lodge, Freemasonry in a particular juristiction. ...


There are a number of groupings of Masonic jurisdictions which consider themselves regular, and recognise others as regular, however consider others to be irregular. The largest colletion of mutually recognised Grand Lodges derive their regularity from United Grand Lodge of England. 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). ...


There is no overarching Masonic organisation globally and as a result the criteria for regularity are not fixed across all Grand Lodges. Those used by the Home Grand Lodges (UGLE, Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland) were articulated on Sept 4 1929 as[1]:

  • Regularity of origin is established by a duly recognised Grand Lodge or three or more regularly constituted Lodges.
  • A belief in the Great Architect of the Universe and his revealed will shall be an essential qualification for membership.
  • That all Initiates shall take their Obligation on or in full view of the open Volume of the Sacred Law, by which is meant the revalation from above which is binding on the conscience of the particular individual who is being initiated.
  • That the membership of the Grand Lodge and individual Lodges shall be composed entirely of men; and that each Grand Lodge shall have no Masonic intercourse of any kind with mixed Lodges or bodies which admit women to membership.
  • That the Grand Lodge shall have sovereign jurisdiction over Lodges under its control; ie that it shall be a responsible, independent, self-governing organisation, with sole and undisputed authority over the Craft or Symbolic degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason) within its' Jurisdiction; and shall not in any way be subject to, or divide such authority with, a Supreme Council or any other power claiming any control or supervision over those degrees.
  • That the three Great Lights of Freemasonry (namely, the Volume of the Sacred Law, the Square, and the Compasses) shall always be exhibited when the Grand Lodge or its subordinate Lodges are at work, the chief of these being the Volume of the Sacred Law.
  • That the discussion of religion and politics within the Lodge shall be strictly prohibited.
  • That the principles of the Antient Landmarks, customs and usages of the Craft be strictly observed.

Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU) is a term used within Freemasonry to denominate the Supreme Being which each member individually holds an adherence to. ...

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and its recognized jurisdictions are what is generally meant as "Regular Freemasonry" when this term is not further defined. This is because UGLE is considered to be both the oldest and largest grouping. Therefore, UGLE recognition is generally the barometer by which a jurisdiction is considered regular. 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). ...


UGLE provides a list of recognised Grand Lodges on its website[2].


France

There are no less than 12 national Grand Lodges operating in France. The largest of these, the Grand Orient de France (GOdF) was recognised by most Grand Lodges in the world until the middle of the 19th Century - when the GOdF recognised a previously "unrecognised" and thus "irregular" Masonic organisation in Louisiana and did away with the requirement to believe in a Supreme Being [3]. The Grand Orient de France is the oldest masonic organisation in Continental Europe, founded in 1728. ... A Grand Lodge is the usual governing body of Craft or, Blue Lodge, Freemasonry in a particular juristiction. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 210 km 610 km 16 29°N to 33°N 89°W to 94°W Population... A deity or a god, is a postulated preternatural being, usually, but not always, of significant power, worshipped, thought holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, or respected by human beings. ...


The Grande Loge Nationale Francaise (GLNF) [4] is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and concordant jurisdictions.


United States

In the United States, although state Grand Lodges are in amity with the UGLE and with each other, there is no Masonic Blue Lodge authority beyond the state level. The state Grand Lodges hold final authority in matters such as ritual, membership and finances. As a result there are slight differences in Masonic Blue Lodge rituals and practices from state to state.


Prince Hall Freemasonry

Beginning in the 1990s most state Grand Lodges and a Prince Hall Grand Lodge have recognized each other. As they complete this process, other Grand Lodges around the world have recognised the Prince Hall Lodges, the other US States' Grand Lodges already being in the (UGLE), and concordant jurisdictions, grouping. A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ... // Africa Grand Lodge of Benin Grand Lodge of Burkina Faso Grand Lodge of Gabon National Grand Lodge of Guinea Grand Lodge of the Ivory Coast Grand Lodge of Liberia National Grand Lodge of Madagascar National Grand Lodge of Malienne Grand Lodge of Mauritius Grand Lodge of Senegal Grand Lodge of...


The exceptions to these new recognitions are in the states of the former confederacy, where the mainstream Grand Lodges generally do not recognize their Prince Hall counterparts. Ironically, the Prince Hall Grand Lodges in states where they are recognized, also recognize the Prince Hall Lodges in the old confederacy area. Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: With God As Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861 Richmond, Virginia May 29, 1861–April 9, 1865 Danville, Virginia April 3–April 10, 1865 Largest city New Orleans February 4, 1861–May 1... Prince Hall (c. ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: With God As Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861 Richmond, Virginia May 29, 1861–April 9, 1865 Danville, Virginia April 3–April 10, 1865 Largest city New Orleans February 4, 1861–May 1...


References

  1. http://www.grandlodge-england.org/pdf/cr-rule-update2-141205.pdf Page xiv Basic Requirements for Grand Lodge Recognition
  2. http://www.grandlodge-england.org/provinces/olodges/olodges.htm
  3. "U.S. Recognition of French Grand Lodges in the 1900s" published in Heredom: The Transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society -- volume 5, 1996, pages 221-244
  4. Website of the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise, accessed 27 february 2006, no English version.

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Regularity is the process by which individual Grand Lodges recognise one another for the purposes of allowing formal interaction within a ritual context at Grand Lodge level and intervisitation by Private Members.
There are a number of groupings of Masonic jurisdictions which consider themselves regular, and recognise others as regular, however consider others to be irregular.
Regularity of origin is established by a duly recognised Grand Lodge or three or more regularly constituted Lodges.
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