Above photo: On Jan 23rd, Carmel #421’s WB Jerry Harvey, and brothers Donny Woodcock, Byron Vulgamore, and Merle Kranning attended Madison Lodge #44 in Pendleton, IN for a Master Mason degree.
The Power of Brotherly Love: Exploring the Rewards of Visiting Other Masonic Lodges
Masonry is an ancient and time-honored fraternity that places great emphasis on brotherly love, relief, and truth. The bonds of friendship that are formed between Masons transcend all boundaries of race, religion, and nationality, and are based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to serving humanity. One of the ways in which this sense of brotherhood is expressed is through the custom of visiting other lodges.
When a Masonic brother visits another lodge, he is welcomed with open arms and made to feel at home. The members of the host lodge go out of their way to ensure that their guest is comfortable and that he has everything he needs to enjoy his visit. Whether it is by providing good food or engaging in good conversation, the members of the host lodge are committed to ensuring that their guest has an enjoyable and memorable experience.
At the heart of this experience is the principle of brotherly love. Masonry is founded on the idea that all men are brothers and that we have a duty to support and care for each other. When a Masonic brother visits another lodge, he is not only welcomed as a brother but is also treated as such. The members of the host lodge are eager to learn more about their guest, his interests, his passions, and his experiences. In doing so, they are able to establish a bond of brotherhood that goes beyond the walls of the lodge.
Moreover, visiting another lodge is an opportunity for Masonic brothers to gain a greater understanding of the fraternity. Masonry is a complex and multifaceted organization that can be difficult to comprehend in its entirety. By visiting other lodges, Masonic brothers are able to gain a greater understanding of how other lodges operate, what their customs and traditions are, and how they approach the principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. This increased understanding can help Masons to appreciate the similarities and differences between their own lodge and others, and to find new ways to improve their own practices.
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