Freemasonry is the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being (i.e. God). It is based on strong moral values, and aims to “make good men better”. Although of a religious nature, Freemasonry is not a religion. It urges its members however, to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs.
You’ll find Masonic Lodges around the world. The organization of Freemasonry is based on a system of Grand Lodge, each sovereign within its own territory. There is no central authority governing all Grand Lodges. However, to be acknowledged by others, accepted traditions, standards and practices must be maintained.
In our Province the governing body is called the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. It is under the leadership of a Grand Master. He presides over the 57,000 Masons who belong to one or more of the approximately 610 Lodges in our jurisdiction, and includes one military Lodge, known as Canada Lodge UD in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Each of these lodges is under the direction of a Master.
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles, it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature and its ceremonies are private. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality; it promotes self-improvement.
Today the tools of stone masons, and the Holy Bible, are used in the Lodge to symbolize and teach the basic principles of brotherly love, charity and truth which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives, Charity is tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in like fairly warrant it.