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Masonic Lodges in Lebanon

‘Secret society’, ‘religion’, and ‘conspiracy theories’ are some of the words that most people think when they hear the word ‘Freemasonry.’ However, most of these beliefs are speculations by people who are mystified about the organization.

 

The Freemasonry

masonIt was in 1717 that the first grand lodge was created in London. Freemasonry began in medieval Europe as an organization for stonemasons. But as the time passed by, it became a social organization or a modern fraternity.

Conspiracies started when people noticed the meetings of the members. Since most of the members are from different places, have different jobs, and doing rituals, people thought that they are from a secret society. There were even 20 decrees from the Catholic Church against Freemasonry. The first decree was issued by Pope Clement XII in 1738 and is still applicable today.

As for what we know, Freemasonry is a social organization. There are 22 children’s hospitals where patients don’t have to pay for anything. There are even reports stating that the organization is donating $2 million every day. Furthermore, they are active with charity works like holding and participating fundraisers for different causes. They are just like social workers who give vouchers to people that can be exchanged for goods and/or services.

 

How to Become a Member

masonryIf you want to become a member, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Believes in a Supreme Being;
  • Has good morals and a good reputation;
  • Must apply on your own free will;
  • Must be unanimously elected by the Lodge members.

Note that you can’t be a member if you are an atheist. According to Brent Morris, a Masonic historian, the organization was believed to have been built in order to bridge the gap between religious civil wars – which was happening during the time it started.

 

The Masonic Lodge

masonic LodgeMost people get the wrong idea about the “Masonic lodge.” They think it is the physical structure where Masons meet. In actuality, it is the term used to describe the basic organizational unit of the Freemasonry.

Inside the Masonic Lodge, there are top 3 officers: the Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden. The Master is similar to the head of an organization. The Senior Warden is the second in command; thus, he assists the Master. The Junior Warden is third in line of the organization and is in-charge of helping the lodge to run smoothly.

 

Masonry in Lebanon

masonry in LebanonIn Lebanon, the first Masonic Lodge was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1861. It was given with the name of Palestine Lodge No. 415 and operated in Beirut but it became dormant in 1895. There are several other Masonic lodges built in Lebanon but some of these were extinct, merged with other, and undergone a change of jurisdictional authority after World War I and II.

Currently, the Masonic Lodges in Lebanon include Peace 908, Kadisha 1002, Zahle 1047, El-Mizab 1130, Mount Lebanon 1312, King Hiram 1351, Harmony 1830, Pythagoras 1841, and Trinity 1846.


  1. I’ve always wondered how these secret society has gotten into power. hmmmnn….

  2. It’s doesn’t matter how long they have been in power. This group has more power than the Pope!

  3. Brandon says:

    Just like any other organization, the freemasons has been grounded on religion. That’s the reason why they still exist to this day.

  4. I have seen so many less fortunate people get to benefit to all these organizations relief efforts. It’s amazing how people help other people in need. 🙂

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