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Masonic Etiquette in the new millenium

Masonic Etiquette is a code of recommended rules and suggestions; however, we have to understand that these rules and suggestions are not laws, such as the Grand Lodges regulations, or Edicts of the Grand Master. It is good to apply Masonic Etiquette in the Masonic life, maybe much more in the profane one, in order to honor the Order, because the Mason, especially outside the Lodge, is the mirror of the Masonic Fraternity.

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“Freemasonry is a mirror of the society itself, because its members obviously are part of society, so it cannot escape the influence of secular life other than through education. All manifestations of disrespect, of over-turning the values, manifestations that unfortunately tend to encompass all aspects of our culture today, can be tackled only through a process of return to the es-tablished society values through education.
Masonic Brotherhood is the oldest of fraternities that exist in the world at this time. One of the features that differentiated it is tradition, submitted both in writing and orally. Masonic Etiquette is one of the most im-portant aspects of tradition.”

Eugene Matzota

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FOREWORD 17
Why this Code? 20 General Guidelines 24 Masonic Language 25

NON-MASONS IN THE LODGE 27
Are non-Masons allowed to visit a Lodge? 27 Non-Masons in the Lodge? 29

BEFORE THE LODGE MEETING 33
Participating in the Lodge Works 33 Punctuality 35

VISITING OTHER LODGES 39
Some Preparations 39 What Means ‘Good Standing’ 44

MASONIC ETIQUETTE REGARDING VISITORS 47
Visitors of the Lodge – Our Guests 47 Examining the Visitors 48 Visitors and Speakers 49

INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS 53
Requirements for Installation 53 Open Installations 53

MASONIC ETIQUETTE IN THE LODGE 57
Entering the Temple 57 Worshipful Master 57

DRESS CODE 61
Traditions 61 Wearing Gloves 63

HONOURS 67
Honours for the most deserving 67 Honouring the Worshipful Master 68

MASONIC ETIQUETTE AT FESTIVE BOARD 71
Festive Board 71 Speech – General Rules 74 Speech – Humour is a serious business 75

MASONIC ETIQUETTE OUTSIDE THE LODGE 79
Correspondence 79 Invitations and Responses 80 Correspondence between Lodges and/or Brethren 81

MASONIC ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY 85
Masonic Jewellery and Outside World 85 Women and Freemasonry 86 At Work 87 At Home 89 In media 90

MASONIC CHARITY 93
What is Masonic Charity 93 Masonic Aid 94

ANTI-MASONIC PREJUDICE 99
Some Words about the Anti-masonic Current 99 How Many Landmarks? 103 Religion 103 Masons and their Duty as Citizens 105

ANEXE 107

Summary of the ANTIENT CHARGES AND REGULATIONS 109

THE CHARGES OF A FREE-MASON 113

REFERENCES 119
Books 119 Web 121

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ISBN

9788494469565

Pages

124

Author

Being born in Transylvania, in a family with a long tradition, as one of the founders of the Principate of Epirus in 1321, the author learned the old good manners since childhood. Reading and practicing esoteric teachings and becoming a Mason helped him be a better man every day. Member of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India, he published in the last 20 years three books on Theosophy and how to find answers to questions about life and human nature, another one being almost ready. Eugene Matzota is a deep and multifaceted personality, engaged in many areas, believing his mission in life is to provide knowledge to those seeking a way into transcendent. His concern for the highest mystical aspiration is only an aspiration for higher spiritual knowledge attained by spiritual experience. This quest for spirituality, originally started only with the naive desire if the impetuous adolescent who wants to know everything, became his attitude to the world. Writing this practical guide that goes beyond the Ritual, the author wants to share his vast experience especially to those less experienced, making them better Masons.