Pentagon Lodge – Making Good Men Better, Since 1913
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Masonry
What is Required to be a Mason?
How do I become a Mason?
Ask a friend, who is a Mason about Masonry. Tell him you have an interest. Or, you can contact a lodge directly. Just ask. Reach out to Pentagon Lodge through this site and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Masons arethe most welcoming of people. The thing is – if you want to join Masonry, you have to ask. Masons cannot recruit or “rush” members. You have to ask.
Who can become a Mason?
Is Masonry a Religion?
What is Masonry – again?
Is Masonry a secret society?
What is this “ritual” I hear about?
Yes, there is Masonic ritual. A ritual is – a ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. We come across ritual in our everyday life. Every time we meet a friend or someone new, we shake their hand. At weddings we raise a glass in toast to the newlyweds. Many of us attend hierarchal churches whether Protestant or Catholic where Sunday church follows a ritual. When you take communion you are following a ritual.
Every “Master” Mason has undergone three rituals. The first being Entered Apprentice, the second Fellow Craft and the third Master Mason. This is all allegory to the operative or working masonic guilds of ancient times. You can read plenty about it in the Masonic Monitor – public document that anyone can read – including a great deal about Masonic rituals. So much for secrets.
Why do Masons meet in secret?
Well, we don’t. Not at all. You can go all over the web and find out when Mason’s are meeting. Search for a Masonic lodge on the internet and the lodge’s website will tell you when they are meeting.
Mason’s do have closed meetings, however. They generally occur once per month. These are called “Stated Meetings” and only Masons are allowed to attend. Some lodges will open their Stated Meeting only on the Master Masons Degree – which means you have to be a Master Mason to attend. Want to know what they do? They have a certain ritual they follow to open the lodge “to work.” There they discuss the bills they are going to pay; vote on candidates who have expressed an interest in joining; honor long time members (a 60 year pin for example); give out awards (the “Golden Trowel”); discuss upcoming charitable events; plan their next social rendezvous where anybody can come; etc. That’s about it.