| The idea
and aim of Freemasonry is to influence the process of ennoblement
and personal improvement by promoting humility, tolerance and compassion.
Those qualities which the members master in the lodge should be practised
in their daily lives.
These human qualities
can of course be attained and practised by others who are not freemasons,
but the Order of Freemasons in an organisation where this thought
has taken a practical form which enable its members to develop it
through ancient rituals, and with dignity.
The Norwegian order of
Freemasons does not engage itself in national or international political
issues, nor does it engage itself in religious or social disputes.
The members shall show
loyalty to the authority and laws of the land. They shall show respect
for the Order itself and the aims of Freemasonry.
Our present day Freemasonry grew forth in England and
Scotland in the 1600´s as an ethical and philosophical system
based on the art of building, its symbolism and history. The Order,
in its original form, was created in 1717 when four Masonic lodges
in London amalgamated to form The Grand Lodge.
The system was quickly
adopted and became predominant in continental Europe. The first
Norwegian lodge was founded on the 24th. June 1749 on Bygdøy,
a peninsular on the Oslo Fjord.
is a lodge
It is the name given to the assembly room or building
where the Masonic brothers meet. A lodge meeting, as a rule, includes
a solemn ceremony where new brothers are received into their respective
degrees. These admissions are conducted within a framework of solemnity
with opening and closing ceremonies, with music and rituals rich
in tradition. The lodge evening closes with a simple meal in an
air of informality among the brothers.
The foundation for our
Masonic system is the first three degrees, which are called Johannes
Freemasonry where brothers receive the titles appropriate to their
degree - I. Apprentice II. Fourmymon III Master as in accordance
with the art of building.
This is followed by Andrews
masonry, which works within the IV, V and VI degrees.
The final section is
Kapitlet for brothers of the VII - X degree.
A few brothers with special
responsibility within the Order may receive titles like Knight and
Commander of the Red Cross XI degree.
Besides the countrys
77 lodges there are numerous brother societies which work within
the same framework as the lodges, but are not allowed to initiate
does one become a member
To become a member of the Norwegian Order of Freemasons,
which has today almost 17.000 members, one must be sponsored by
two members of the Order, one of whom must have obtained the degree
of Master Mason. Those seeking admission must profess to the Christian
faith, have reached the age of 24 and be known to have stability
in his daily life.
Those interested in membership must take contact with a freemason
he knows personally and who is willing to recommend him as a member.
This application for membership should be a completely free decision,
no one should be persuaded to become a member. It is the case of
a strong personal relationship.
secret, but closed
The Norwegian Order of Freemasons is not a secret order.
It operates openly. The list of members is available for anyone,
likewise the Laws of the Norwegian Order of Freemasons, which can
be read by anyone. It is evident from this that the Masonic system
worked to has its basis in the Christian faith.
It is in point of fact
a Christian Order, but within this framework no demands are made
for adherence to special dogmas or creeds.
The Masonic learning
system is closed to outsiders. Freemasonry is a school lasting a
lifetime where a Mason has to work through the degrees.
The content of each degree
is held closed until the freemason himself has had the opportunity
to take a standpoint on questions and challenges, which are attached
to each new degree.
The Norwegian Order of Freemasons is an independent, national order,
unbound and under no obligation to any foreign order unlike the
other Nordic orders. There is however good co-operation between
the lodges in the North and many other lands all over the world.
Each countrys freemasonry
organisation is an independent Masonic society. There is no international
organisation. Today there are about six million Freemasons throughout
To show compassion and fellowship is an obligation for each human
being, but a freemason is especially bound and must be most vigilant
in this area.
Regular collections are
arranged to support and help our fellow mortals who might be in
need of a helping hand. Annually a cause or institution is chosen
for the Orders Common Gift, and a united collection is taken
on its behalf.
As can be seen from the
list later in the program, the Norwegian Order of Freemasons is
represented with lodges and brother societies in most towns and
many of the other denser populated areas of Norway.
who may be interested in further information
should enquire at their local lodge or brother society.
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