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Saskatchewan Masonic Lodge - Edmonton

Instituted December 9, 1915 Chartered June 1, 1916

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This is the official public home of Saskatchewan Lodge #92 of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons (Freemasons) located in Edmonton, Alberta. We are part of the Northern Lights District and governed under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Alberta.

Although our Masonic Lodge is called Saskatchewan Lodge, we are situated and meet in Edmonton. Click HERE for more about Saskatchewan Lodge

We meet on the second and fourth Thursday evening every month at 7:30 from September to June at the Freemason's Hall in Edmonton.

What is Freemasonry?

 

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Freemasonry is a philosophy and practice of morality and ethics imparted to its members through the symbolic use of the tools of ancient stonemasons and by initiation ceremonies based upon rituals that are centuries old.

 

The heritage of modern Freemasonry is derived from the organized guilds or unions of stonemasons who constructed the beautiful cathedrals and other stately structures throughout Europe during the middle ages. Over time, the demand for operative stonemasons declined until they were eventually  replaced with  members who emphasized the teaching of moral philosophy rather than the technical and working skills of earlier centuries.

 

Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. In essence it is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Freemasonry is composed of people of all nationalities, religions, occupations and ages. Freemasons believe in truth, tolerance, respect, and freedom. Anyone may petition to be a Mason so long as they meet a few requirements. Freemasons believe in “making good men better” which implies that its adherents should seek continual improvement and growth. A maxim in ancient Greece, “Man Know Thyself”, has echoes in modern ceremonial Freemasonry and implies the importance of learning about self, for by becoming a more enlightened and principled individual it is most probable that a person will in turn be a contributing citizen to their society. It is important that a Mason be a good family member, friend, neighbor and employee. Freemasons believe in living a life of positive contribution and to the building up of self, society and the world. Masonry is not a substitute for a person's chosen faith but rather supplements faith, spirituality, life and living. 

 

Many famous people were Freemasons - among them George Washington (and other US presidents), Voltaire, various Kings and other royalty of England, Enrico Fermi, John A Macdonald, John G Diefenbaker, John Eaton, Tim Horton, Glenn Ford, Oscar Peterson, Gordon Sinclair, Benjamin Franklin, Douglas MacArthur, Alexander Keith, Jesse Jackson, Henry Ford, John Hancock, John Molson, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Joseph Seagram, Willie Mays, George Patton, Steve Wozniak, Joseph Smith, Paul Revere, and many others - all Masons who lived their lives by the principles of loyalty, patriotism, liberty, courage, and faith, which are also deeply embedded in Freemasonry. A more comprehensive list is HERE.

 

Freemasonry means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships through Masonic Brotherhood that transcend the boundaries of race, religion, and culture, as well as those of geography. But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking or expecting anything in return.

 

Freemasonry is not a religion. In fact, discussing religion is forbidden in Masonic meetings. Every man desiring to become a Mason must believe in a Supreme Being; how each man views that deity is their own personal belief. Masonic meetings open and close with a prayer but not as a place of worship or a church.

 

Men who become Masons come from all walks of life and levels of income. They represent every race, creed, and culture. In Masonry, it doesn't matter whether a man is a bricklayer or a physician, a waiter or the mayor of the city. All are “on the same level” in the Lodge room.

 

The ceremonies and practices of the Masons have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. No matter where a Masonic Lodge is located, its members share the common bond of having passed through the same degree work, rites, and rituals. Because of this, members can find brother Masons wherever they go. Across the country and around the world, there are Lodges in nearly every city and in many smaller communities.

 

It's a good feeling to know that, wherever a man's travels may take him, he has friends he can depend upon and trust.

 

 

The Three Guiding Principles of Freemasonry

Brotherly Love
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Relief
Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care - not only for their own - but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Truth
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

 

Source: Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund

 

 

Masonry Facts

 

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Ideal of a Freemason

 

If you see a man who quietly and modestly moves in the sphere of his life; who, without blemish, fulfils his duty as a man, a subject, a husband and a father; who is pious without hypocrisy, benevolent without ostentation, and aids his fellow man without self-interest; whose heart beats warm for friendship, whose serene mind is open for licensed pleasures, who in vicissitudes does not despair, nor in fortune will be presumptuous, and who will be resolute in the hour of danger;

 

The man who is free from superstition and free from infidelity; who in nature sees the finger of the Eternal Master; who feels and adores the higher destination of man; to whom faith, hope and charity are not mere words without any meaning; to whom property, nay even life, is not too dear for the protection of innocence and virtue, and for the defense of truth;

 

The man who towards himself is a severe judge, but who is tolerant with the debilities of his neighbour; who endeavors to oppose errors without arrogance, and to promote intelligence without impatience; who properly understands how to estimate and employ his means; who honours virtue though it may be in the most humble garment, and who does not favor vice though it be clad in purple; and who administers justice to merit whether dwelling in palaces or cottages.

 

The man who, without courting applause, is loved by all noble-minded men, respected by his superiors and revered by his subordinates; the man who never proclaims what he has done, can do, or will do, but where need is will lay hold with dispassionate courage, circumspect resolution, indefatigable exertion and a rare power of mind, and who will not cease until he has accomplished his work, and then, without pretension, will retire into the multitude because he did the good act, not for himself, but for the cause of good!

 

Source: The Canadian Craftsman, March 15, 1868. M.W. Bro. Otto Klotz

 

If you ever meet such men you will have seen see the personification of brotherly love, relief and truth; and you will have found the ideal of a Freemason. Can you envision yourself striving to be such as man?

 

 

Joining Freemasonry and Becoming a Mason

We are continually looking for worthy men and worthy men alone to join our Lodge.

To Become a Freemason You Must:

  1. Be a man, freeborn, of mature age, of good repute, and well-recommended

  2. Have a belief in a Supreme Being

  3. Be able to support one's self and family

  4. Come to Freemasonry of your own free will and accord

 

Click HERE for more on Joining Freemasonry and becoming a Freemason

 

 

When are Men Considered Masons?

 

Men are considered Masons when they exhibit behavior, believe and practice the positive elements of:

 

  1. Virture

  2. Nobility

  3. Sympathy

  4. Friendship

  5. How they Live their Life

  6. Happiness

  7. Remembrance

  8. Faith

  9. How they Treat their Fellow Man

  10. Hope

  11. God

  12. and Secrecy

 

When he can look out over the rivers, the hills and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope and courage, which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic and as lonely as himself; and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea even in their sins - knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them and above all, how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt birds without a gun and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When starcrowned trees and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and see majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and sees something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song; glad to live, but not afraid to die! Such a man has found the only secret of Freemasonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world.

 

Source: Joseph Fort Newton author of "The Builders"

 

 

Masonic Links

 

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Our Lodge

 

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Virtual Tour

 

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Declaration of Principles of the Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F.&A.M

 

Freemasonry is a way of life. It is fraternal in organization, religious in character, based on the belief in the Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of man, and immortality of the soul. Freemasonry is NOT a secret society as many surmise. It is a voluntary association wherein the interested one comes of his own free will and accord. Freemasonry is NOT a religion as many claim it to be. Freemasonry, in its every effort and purpose strives to do charitable work within its membership and for society and through its teachings, seeks to make good men better men. The lessons conveyed by our ritual are based on the Golden Rule. It is a band of men bound together in the bonds of brotherly love and affection that extends throughout the world.

Freemasonry is:

 

kindness in the home - honesty in business
courtesy in society - fairness in work
resistance toward the wicked - pity and concern for the unfortunate
help for the weak - trust in the strong
forgiveness for the penitent - and above all
love for one another and - reverence and love for God.

Freemasonry as a Society is:

 

Charitable - it is devoted to the welfare and happiness of mankind.
Benevolent - teaching that the good of others is of primary concern.
Communal - recognizing that Society is made up of individuals, it impresses upon its members the principles of personal righteousness and responsibility, enlightens them in those things which make for human welfare; and inspires those feelings of charity and goodwill toward all mankind leading to practical application of those cherished principles.
Educational - its authorized ceremonials teach a system of morality and brotherhood based upon Sacred Law.
Religious - it acknowledges a one and caring Deity. Neither secular nor theological, reverence for a Supreme Being is ever present in its ceremonials. The volume of the Sacred Law is open upon its Altars whenever a Lodge is in session.
Social - in so far as it encourages the meeting together of men for the purpose of its primary objectives, education, fellowship and charity.

To these several ends:

 

It Teaches - and stands for the individual's worship of a Supreme Being: truth and justice; fraternity and philanthropy, enlightenment and liberty - civil, religious and intellectual.
It Charges - each of its members to be true and loyal to the government of the country to which he owes allegiance, and to be obedient to the law of any state in which he may be.
It Believes - that the attainment of these objectives is best accomplished by laying a broad basis of principles upon which men of every race, country, sect and opinion may unite rather than by setting up a restricted platform upon which only those of certain races, creeds and opinions can assemble. Holding these beliefs and in the knowledge that the true Freemason will act in civil life according to his individual judgments and the dictates of his conscience.

 

Grand Lodge Affirms:

 

Its Continued Adherence - to that ancient and approved rule of Freemasonry which forbids the discussion in Masonic meetings of creeds, politics or other topics likely to excite personal animosities.
It’s Dedication - to those basic Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth; and by their consistent practice, the lessening of the aggregate of human suffering and the promotion of the true and lasting happiness of Mankind.
Its Conviction - that it is not only contrary to the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, but dangerous to its unit strength, usefulness and welfare, for Masonic bodies to take action of attempt to exercise pressure of influence for or against any legislation, or in any way attempt to procure the election or appointment of government officials, or to influence them, whether or not members of the Fraternity, in the performance of their official duties.
 

Source: The Grand Lodge of Alberta
 

 

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