BECOMING A MASSACHUSETTS MASON:
Among millions of Masons, for hundreds of years, it was not lawful to invite a friend to apply for membership. Our code of conduct prevented it. Thus, no faithful Mason could invite you to join.
Now under the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts you can ask a friend or neighbor to become a member of your lodge if you believe he will make a good Mason! However, he must first ask himself if he’s suitably prepared to enter the “gentle craft of Masonry”… to become a brother in the world’s most exclusive fraternal order. Few men are intellectually or spiritually prepared to understand or appreciate even the most apparent meanings of Masonry.
Does he reflect on the nature of man’s purpose in life and will he make obligations to God, his family, and himself?
If such ethical and moral questions hold little interest for him, then he will gain little benefit from the teachings of the Craft. But if he seeks a more meaningful quality of life – and the spirit of charity and good fellowship which flow from it – then Freemasonry has much to offer.
We want the world to know what we believe, how we act, and what we do… and, then, should your friend become a Mason, we want him to be proud of our Fraternity and to participate in our work. Only those who desire membership because of their favorable impression of us should seek a petition to join.
Any man who is eighteen years of age or older and of good moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason.