Saskatchewan Masonic Lodge - Edmonton
Instituted December 9, 1915 Chartered June 1, 1916
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.
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.
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.
Source: Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund
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:
Men are considered Masons when they exhibit behavior, believe and practice the positive elements of:
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"
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.
kindness in the home - honesty in business
Charitable - it is devoted to the welfare and happiness of mankind.
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.
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.
Source: The Grand Lodge of Alberta