4115 Nine Mile Road
Richmond, Virginia
23223-4926

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ABOUT THE GRAND LODGE OF VIRGINIA

 

 

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization.  It is open to men of 18 years old or older of any color, any religion, nationality or social standing, the only requirement is a belief in a Supreme Being.  Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.  

 

Freemasonry (often simplified to “Masonry”) enhances and strengthens the character of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Virginia Freemasonry

The Grand Lodge of Virginia was established in 1778 when nine lodges banded together to form what is known today as the Grand Lodge Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons of Virginia.   It is not known how long these Lodges had been functioning prior to 1778; however, we do know that those Lodges were chartered by the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland, and Scotland .   To find more information in regards to the history of the Grand Lodge of Virginia click on History of Virginia Masonry.  Today, there are more than 42,000 Virginia Masons in over 300 Lodges around the Commonwealth.   You can find more about our Lodges in different locations at the Lodge website.

Fellowship

By attending Masonic Lodge meetings and learning from your fellow Masons, you’ll strengthen the bonds of fellowship as you join together with like-minded men who share ideals of both a moral and metaphysical nature.  You’ll enjoy the friendship of other Masons in the community, and you’ll be welcomed as a “Brother” by Masons everywhere in the world.  Freemasonry also promises that should you ever be overtaken by misfortune, sickness, or adversity through no fault of your own, the hands of our great Fraternity will be stretched forth to aid and assist you.

Charity

We support the aged through the Masonic Home of Virginia for elderly Virginia Masons, their wives and widows. 

We support the sick through blood drives held each year.

We help to protect the children through free Child Identification Programs.

We help to educate the children by providing scholarships each year.

Masons all over the United States raise more than 2.6 million dollars a day in support of many different charity causes:

We support the 23 Shriner's Children's Hospitals that treat, free of any charges to the kids or parents, children for burns, orthopedics, and spinal injuries. 

We support the Knights Templar Eye Foundation that provides free surgical eye treatment for kids. 

We support the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Centers that help children overcome speech and hearing problems.

Masons are also actively involved in a great deal of community volunteer work.  We offer the youth a setting in which to grow and develop into responsible and mature men and women through our youth organizations:  The International Job’s Daughters, the Order of Rainbow for Girls and the International Order of DeMolay. 

Education

The Grand Lodge of Virginia has advocated the education of members since its foundation years.  Its ceremonies provide instruction to all members, supplemented by various other activities such as seminars, lectures, workshops, reading, and use of audiovisual materials and the Internet.

Leadership

Freemasonry offers its members leadership opportunities at the Lodge, District, and Grand Lodge level. As Freemasons progress through the Craft, they discover different aspects of themselves and develop a range of skills that even they might not have known they possessed. By developing leadership techniques that fit their personality, Masons unlock the door to their full potential.

 Religion

We are NOT a religion; rather we reach across the great religious traditions to join together in peace and harmony men from all religious backgrounds.  Our purpose is enjoying fellowship, building life-long friendships, and strengthening and improving our character.  We do not compete to be better than one another; we compete to be better than we now are.  We support each other through good deeds, fellowship, and community events around the world. 

Secrecy

Freemasonry is not a secret organization.  Its history and philosophy have been widely written about, its many charitable activities are well-known, its buildings are clearly marked, and its members proudly identify themselves as Masons with Masonic rings and pins, and license plates that have the famous Square and Compass insignia.    

Freemasonry uses an initiatory system of degrees to explore ethical and philosophical issues, and the system is less effective if the observer knows beforehand what will happen, which is why certain aspects of its work are not generally disclosed to the public. This is described in Masonic ritual as "a beautiful system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."  

Membership

To Be One You Must Ask One - We have a separate webpage that has more information about membership into our craft.  Here are some of the basics, you must be a man of 18 years of age or older, believe in a God, and be a man of good character.  You will need two Masons to vouch for you and sign your petition.  See membership requirements.