Freemasonry, is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols. It is a course of moral instruction that employs both allegory and symbols to impart the truth of its rich lessons. The word allegory is generally understood to mean that “represents by suggestive resemblance.” A symbol is “a visible sign of an idea.” Perhaps the best modern definition of Freemasonry is found in the writings of Brother C.C. Hunt of Iowa, in these words: “Freemasonry is an organized society of men symbolically applying the principles of operative masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building.”
Masonry operates on three basic tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Brotherly Love means that we place on another man the highest possible value as friend, a companion, an associate, and a neighbor. Relief is a form of charity. by offering relief to a distressed Brother, his widow, and orphans, Masons strive to soothe the unhappy, sympathize with their misfortunes, express compassion for their miseries, and restore peace to their troubled minds. Truth is more than being accurate, or factually correct in the intellectual sense, though that is part of the meaning behind Freemasonry’s motto, “Let there be light.” Masonry takes Truth to mean that if we are to have a permanent brotherhood, members must be truthful in character and habit, dependable, and men of honor as well as honesty.
(From Freemasonry in Massachusetts, published by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 2009)
The members of King Solomon’s lodge come from all around the world. Of our membership, Cambridge, Somerville and Boston are the cities most heavily represented. We welcome all to reach out to a mason here at the Lodge.