Online Masonic Education Course
For the Benefit of Masons
Wither So Ever Dispersed Around the Globe,
Particularly our Brethren in California.
The idea of this “Online Masonic Education Course” is
the brainstorm of a Past Master of California. Seeing the decline
of Masonry in general, it is felt that we need to educate our members
so they can knowledgeably discuss the topic of Freemasonry. The
wide open area of technology in the “Computer Age” seemed
the likely place to go. Our members, or others, can be in the comfort
of their home without a time schedule and complete this course.
Since there is nothing in the course touching upon the ritualistic
or esoteric portions of Masonry, the general public can participate
and learn the: who, what and why of Freemasonry. As a brother you
will be the better to answer the question: “What is Freemasonry”?
As a non-member, you might ask the question of a Mason: “How
do I become a Mason?
The books used in this
course are a composite of several “Candidate’s Books”
used in California over the past 60 plus years. Many knowledgeable
Masons in California and other jurisdictions have contributed to
the text and questions in these books. We give them our heartfelt
thanks. Some of the material may not be appropriate in your jurisdiction,
never the less it is all valuable information for the education
of every Mason.
Please read the following
article before you continue:
Just Starting –
When a newly made Brother is raised to the degree of Master Mason,
he is apt to feel that he is a finished Mason. As a matter of fact,
his experience has only just begun. He has received the tools and
equipment of a mason, and their uses have been explained to him:
now he is expected to apply the principles of life and conduct which
have been inculcated by the degrees, the ceremonies, the lessons
and lectures of Masonry are the school which fit men for practical
Masonry, a life of service and performance. These things are not
the end but the means. In the orders and pleasures of the Lodge
work, we are apt exalt the ceremonials to the first place and to
worship the form rather than the substance. When asked what our
Lodge is doing, we mention the number of initiates added to the
Lodge, forgetting the real service to humanity which, as Freemasons,
we are expected to render, and which is the only justification of
our profession. Spreading the light by bringing new and promising
material within the range of its influences is worthy and commendable,
but that is only elementary Masonic work. Looking after those who
are in the Lodge, stimulating and encouraging their interest, this
is as essential as the initiating, passing and raising of new recruits.
No Mason” graduates” until he is dead, and he may not
graduate with honor even then. “Author Unknown”
I hope that
you choose to participate in this “Online Masonic Education
Course”. There is no reward for your participation except
“Further Light in Masonry”. After reviewing this course
if you have any suggestions to improve any of the material or questions
asked, please comment to the webmaster.