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St. John the BaptistPatron Saint of Freemasonry     Written by: Phillip G. “Phil” Elam, Grand Orator (1999-2000) Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri By history, custom, tradition and ritualistic requirements, the Craft holds in veneration the Festival …

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Freemasonry in Indonesia       Source: Wikipedia Freemasonry was introduced by the Dutch to what is today Indonesia during the VOC era in the 18th century, and spread throughout the Dutch East Indies during a wave of westernisation in the 19th century. Freemasons originally only included Europeans …

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Freemasonry in China I       Source: Antefixus Freemasonry in China: Freemasonry first reached China on the Prince Carl, a ship of the Swedish East India Company. The freemasons on board had a document giving them permission to hold meetings whenever they entered a port and they did so in Canton …

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Free and accepted       Source: Short Talk Bulletin – Nov. 1931 Masonic Service Association of North America The origin of these terms, descriptive of Speculative Freemasons, goes back into the very beginnings of the history of the Order; indeed, behind the history of the building Craft in …

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Fraternalism in America (1860 – 1920)             DECORATIONS OF HONOR AND SOCIETY EMBLEMS 1. Order of St. Andrew (Russia) 2. Order of Leopold (Belgium) 3. Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Pontifical) 4. Order of St. Patrick, with collar attachment (Great Britain, Ireland) 5. …

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Order of Free Gardeners       From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Order of Free Gardeners is a fraternal society that was founded in Scotland in the middle of the 17th Century and later spread to England and Ireland. Like numerous other friendly societies of the time, its principal aim was the …

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Masonic Podcast: parallels of the Scouts and Freemasonry         Today I speak with Martin Strong about the parallels of Scouting and Freemasonry, and discuss how the two organisation are separate though have many similarities in ethos. Martin got involved in Scouting because of his son and …

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Sir Tony Robinson sheds light on some common myths about Freemasonry     To mark the launch of more than 2 million UK and Irish Freemason membership registers on Ancestry, join actor and historian Sir Tony Robinson as he takes a tour of the United Grand Lodge of England with modern Freemason Dr. James …

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Masons cut out the flam and get straight to the handshakes           Masons are cutting their meetings short to accomodate busy commuters – but the handshakes and the noose remain centre stage   For centuries outsiders have been fascinated by their mysterious combination of …

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The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry By Wor. Bro. Frederic L. Milliken It had to happen sooner or later. It was only a matter of time. All the racism, homophobia, regulations reminiscent of the US Army, the jockeying for power, the behind the scenes maneuvering, the smoke filled rooms, elections that are a …