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Freemasonry

About Freemasonry

Information about Freemasonry

Freemasonry is an organized society of men, symbolically applying the principals of operative masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building.” The aim is to build a better world by building better men to work in their own communities.

Freemasons are men from every race, religion, and political belief. They come from all professions and walks of life, but are drawn together to support each other in the journey of self improvement.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is he world’s largest secular, fraternal and charitable organization. It teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge through the participation in a progression of allegorical two-part plays.

For many years, Freemasons have followed three great principals:

  • Brotherly Love – Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

 

  • Relief – Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

 

  • Truth – Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

 

What is the purpose of Freemasonry?

Simply put, the overall purpose of Freemasonry is to provide a way to help each member become a better person. The fraternity place emphasis on the individual by:

 

  • Strengthening his character

 

  • Improving his moral and spiritual outlook

 

  • Broadening his mental horizons

 

Finding Out More

The internet can be a great resource for discovering information about Freemasonry, but beware that many websites seek to spread incorrect information and rumors. If you are interested in learning more  about our fraternity, we recommend the following sites. Of course, you are always welcome to contact us directly with any questions or for more information.

 

Anderson's Constitutions

Recommended Websites:

Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry

Anti-Masonry Points of View

A Page about Freemasonry

 

Recommended Books:

Freemasonry for Dummies by Christopher L. Hodapp

Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol by Kirk MacNulty

Freemasonry by Jasper Ridley

The Craft and its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts

 

 

 

 

Images

Many people inquire about our organisation and ask “What do you do?”

Lodge Han Yang Installation

Most of our functions remain private and we often only invite trusted friends to others.  The above photo was taken after “Installation”.  This is a fancy ceremony we do to install our Office Bearers into their stations.

Lodge Han Yang Regalia

This photo contains regalia signifying officer status in Lodge Han Yang.  The Apron is embroidered with a Square and compass and two rosettes.  We only permit master masons of the lodge to wear.  The tartan is one selected by our fraternity.  Also displayed is a sash and jewel.

Lodge Han Yang Masters

Picture taken in the Keystone lounge while visiting Lodge Harry S. Truman in Pyungtaek.

Lodge Han Yang Installation 1960

One nice thing about our lodge is the connection back to an earlier era of gentlemen and simpler times.

Bro. Lee at Grand Lodge

Our infatuation with kilts and admiration of various tartans demonstrates our roots in Scottish tradition.

Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser

Along with the Scots,  Our Aussie brethren have shared their cultural practices and brought lively events to life.  Case in point, the meat auction!

Celebrations

Black and white photos are that much more classier when the composition includes fine attire and harmony.

Auld Lang Syne

It is customary to sing auld lang syne.

Bros. Hopkins and Lee

We often welcome old friends from Hong Kong, Scotland, USA, and other far away lands.

Brethren

Formal attire is required for our suppers but much leeway is given when it comes down to selection of style.

Lodge Han Yang Installation

Of course after soldiering through the formal meetings with pomp and circumstance we are able to unwind and enjoy some fellowship with old friends.

Lodge Han Yang Installation

We are very respectful of our elder members but continue to practice the Mason custom of treating one another on the level.

Picnic 1981

Picnics were a little stiff back then.  We still honour that tradition but most of us prefer wearing shorts and a more relaxed casual look most times.

Celebrations

We meet as masons free and true, and when our work is done,

The merry song and social glass is not unduly won.

And only at our farewell pledge is pleasure mixed with pain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

Bros. Kurt and Kris

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne!

Bros. Kurt and Kris

Amidst our mirth we drink to all poor masons o’er the Earth,

On every shore our flag of love is gloriously unfurled.

We prize each Brother, fair or dark, who bears no moral stain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

Visit to Hong Kong

Amidst our mirth we drink to all poor masons o’er the Earth,

On every shore our flag of love is gloriously unfurled.

We prize each Brother, fair or dark, who bears no moral stain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

We Masons prize that noble truth, the Scottish peasant told,

That rank is but a guinea stamp: The man himself the gold.

We meet the rich and poor alike, the equal rights maintain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

Bro. Lee at Grand Lodge

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!

And surely I’ll be mine!

And we’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

Bro. Hobbs

And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!

And gie’s a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,

For auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

Toast

Here’s to the sons of the widow

Whenever, wherever they roam

A speedy relief to their afflictions

And if they desire,

a speedy return to their home.

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