Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, earnest in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and reverence and love for God.
Freemasonry is many things, but above all, Freemasonry is a way of life, not “apart” from society but a “part of society”.
Membership of our Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour or creed, on condition that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being.
Have you ever considered becoming a Freemason?
For more than two hundred and eighty years, Freemasonry as we know it has pursued its peaceful way alone. It has sought no public acclaim; it has asked no help from outside it’s circle; it has permitted the world to think what it may about it’s objects and it’s works.
It’s best advertisement has been the fact that it does not advertise itself or it’s works. It has had, and today has, only one job to perform, only one reason for existence.
That job is to take material that comes to it and make good men and better men out of that material. Everything else, our charities, all our works, are incidental to that one purpose. If Masonry does that job – if it works at it honestly, even only with a measure of efficiency, it has lived up to it’s purpose and fulfilled it’s highest ideal.
If you are interested in joining Belfast Lodge 651 which meets in Freemasons’ Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, please contact our Lodge Secretary by email.
You can write to us at:
Secretary Lodge 651, Freemasons’ Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, BT1 4FF
Freemasonry is the oldest, and largest Fraternity in the world. Its members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Postmen, Statesmen, Carpenters, Generals, Admirals, Engineers, Musicians, Policemen, High Court Judges, corporate CEOs, Opera stars, Movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbor.
Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity.
It’s ready to welcome you, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honour, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Freemasonry teaches that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honour is hollow and empty – that a man who acts without honour is less than a man.
Do you believe in a Supreme Being?
No atheist can become a member of a Freemasonry Lodge.
Masons do not care what your individual faith is – that is a question between you and your God – but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.
Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?
Masons insists on toleration – on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to walk or read or see – the world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, it’s also more fun?
Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling – unlike any other – to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude, we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that’s there too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.
Do you feel that there’s something more to life than just financial success?
Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Masons believe that a country is strong so long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development are afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principles of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
Do you agree that man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together – a private friendship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony in his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Masons call this way of life believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every Mason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one the of greatest forces for good in the world.
Then consider the following:
You must be a man, at least 21 years old and reside in Ireland.
You must have a belief in a Supreme Being of any faith. (No particular religion or faith is required or excluded; all are welcome.)
You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.
You should be coming to Masonry “of your own free will and accord”, to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you “get ahead” in business.
You must be loyal to our country, a law abiding citizen and of good character.
Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:
You have the time to participate. This is usually two evenings per month at first for meetings and instruction and thereafter, we encourage members to attend at least one meeting per month — more often if you get involved in lodge activities.
You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.
There are fees, £100 for initiation and annual dues of £100 sterling
Consider the following:
No one should enter Freemasonry in the hope of some material gain or advancement.
To do so will only lead to disappointment.
Membership is entirely voluntary. The rules require an intending member to be motivated by his own desire to join the Craft. He will be accepted if the members feel he has the qualities making for happy and successful participation in their Lodge.
So how do I find a lodge to join?
There is a popular misconception that to become a Mason one needs to be invited to join, that there is some cloak and dagger operation involved. In fact the reverse is true – a longstanding convention within Freemasonry is that it is the potential candidate who should do the asking! If you know a friend or neighbour who is a Mason and you have a notion of joining just ASK him. He will be delighted to talk with you, as all Masons are proud to be members of their own Lodge.
If you are interested in joining Belfast Lodge 651 which meets in central Belfast, please contact our
Lodge Secretary by email, or you can also write to us at: Secretary Lodge 651, Freemasons’ Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, BT1 4FF
For a Lodge in Ireland closer to where you live – just E-mail Grand Lodge of Ireland stating your name in full, postal address, County and Post Code, along with your landline telephone number and area code.
In due course a member of staff from Freemasons’ Hall will contact you and hopefully will be able to provide you with the name of the Secretary of a Lodge near to you. No one will twist your arm. Your name will be put before the Lodge. A committee (of perhaps two or three) will talk to you to ascertain that you are a man of good character and that you believe in God (Atheism and Freemasonry are incompatible). The committee will report its recommendation back to the Lodge. A vote will be taken and, if found acceptable, you will be on your way to being a fully fledged Mason, and you will have joined the oldest global brotherhood in the world.
Affiliation: Applications for membership are also welcomed from any Freemason who is a member of a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Ireland. Please contact our Lodge Secretary for details.
Additional information can be found on the Grand Lodge of Ireland Website