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Masonic landmarks

Albert Mackey, a distinguished masonic historian and lawyer, in his “The Principles of Masonic Law”, made a complete list of masonic landmarks, that define the difference between masonry and any other organisation, initiation-based or not.

  1. The signs and words of recognition.
  2. The division of symbolic masonry into three degrees.
  3. The legend of the third degree.
  4. The government of the fraternity by a presiding officer called a Grand Master who is elected of the brethren.
  5. The prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every assembly of the craft wherever and whenever it takes place.
  6. The prerogative of the Grand Master to give dispensations for opening and holding Lodges.
  7. The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant Dispensations for conferring degrees at irregular times.
  8. The prerogative of the Grand Master to make masons at sight.
  9. The necessity of masons to congregate in lodges.
  10. The government of the craft, when so congregated in a Lodge by a Master and two Wardens.
  11. The necessity that every lodge, when congregated, should be duly tiled.
  12. The right of every mason to be represented in all general meetings of the craft and to instruct his representatives.
  13. The Right of every mason to appeal from the decision of his brethren in Lodge convened, to the Grand Lodge or General Assembly of Masons.
  14. The right of every mason to visit and sit in every regular Lodge.
  15. No visitor, unknown as a Mason, can enter a Lodge without first passing an examination according to ancient usage.
  16. No Lodge can interfere in the business of another Lodge, nor give degrees to brethren who are members of other Lodges
  17. Every freemason is Amenable to the Laws and Regulations of the masonic jurisdiction in which he resides.
  18. A candidate shall have certain qualifications.
  19. A belief in the existence of Godas the Grand Architect of the Universe.
  20. A belief in a resurrection to a future life.
  21. A “Book of the Law” shall constitute an indispensable part of the furniture of every Lodge.
  22. The equality of all masons.
  23. The secrecy of the institution.
  24. The foundation of a Speculative Science upon an Operative Art, and the symbolic use and explanation of the terms of that art for purposes of religious or moral teaching.

These Landmarks can never be changed.

 

The Constitution of Anderson (1723 г.)

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Poems about Freemasonry

The Mother-Lodge
By Brother Rudyard Kipling

There was Rundle, Station Master,

An' Beazeley of the Rail,

An' 'Ackman, Commissariat,


An' Donkin' o' the Jail;

An' Blake, Conductor-Sargent,


Our Master twice was 'e,


With 'im that kept the Europe-shop,

Old Framjee Eduljee.

 

Outside -- "Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam!"


Inside -- "Brother", an' it doesn't do no 'arm.

We met upon the Level an' we parted on the Square,


An' I was Junior Deacon in my Mother- Lodge out there!

 

We'd Bola Nath, Accountant,


An' Saul the Aden Jew,


An' Din Mohammed, draughtsman

Of the Survey Office too;


There was Babu Chuckerbutty,

An' Amir Singh the Sikh,

An' Castro from the fittin'-sheds,

The Roman Catholick!

 

We 'adn't good regalia,


An' our Lodge was old an' bare,


But we knew the Ancient Landmarks,

An' we kep' 'em to a hair;


An' lookin' on it backwards


It often strikes me thus,

There ain't such things as infidels,

Excep', per'aps, it's us.

 

 

For monthly, after Labour,


We'd all sit down and smoke


(We dursn't give no banquits,


Lest a Brother's caste were broke),

An' man on man got talkin'

 

Religion an' the rest,

An' every man comparin'

Of the God 'e knew the best.

 

So man on man got talkin',

An' not a Brother stirred

Till mornin' waked the parrots

An' that dam' brain-fever-bird;

We'd say 'twas 'ighly curious,

An' we'd all ride 'ome to bed,

With Mo'ammed, God, an' Shiva

Changin' pickets in our 'ead.

 

Full oft on Guv'ment service

This rovin' foot 'ath pressed,

An' bore fraternal greetin's

To the Lodges east an' west,

Accordin' as commanded

From Kohat to Singapore,

But I wish that I might see them

In my Mother-Lodge once more!

 

I wish that I might see them,

My Brethren black an' brown,

With the trichies smellin' pleasant

An' the hog-darn passin' down;[Cigar- lighter.]

An' the old khansamah snorin' [Butler.]

On the bottle-khana floor, [Pantry.]

Like a Master in good standing

With my Mother-Lodge once more!

 

Outside -- "Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam!"

Inside -- "Brother", an' it doesn't do no 'arm.

We met upon the Level an' we parted on the Square,

An' I was Junior Deacon in my Mother- Lodge out there!

 
Lodge Muses No.33 in ST. Petersburg