From the Grand Masonic Lodge of French Tradition

From the Grand Masonic Lodge of French Tradition

  1. Freemasonry is an Initiation Fraternity that aims at the traditional foundation of faith in God, The Great Architect of the Universe.
  2. Freemasonry refers to the "Old Duties" of the Brotherhood, especially as to the absolute respect of the specific traditions of the Order, essential to the regularity of the Jurisdiction.
  3. Freemasonry is an Order to which only free, independent and respectable men who are committed to practicing an ideal of Peace, Love and Fraternity can belong.
  4. Freemasonry thus aims at the moral development of its Members to that of humanity as a whole.
  5. Freemasonry imposes on all its Members the exact and scrupulous practice of Rituals and Symbolism, means of access to knowledge through its own spiritual and initiation channels.
  6. Freemasonry requires all its Members to respect the opinions and beliefs of anyone. It forbids any political or religious discussion or controversy within it. It is thus a permanent centre of the Fraternal Union where there is a tolerant understanding and fruitful harmony between men who, without it, would have remained strangers to each other.

Freemasons

  1. The Freemasons take their obligations on the Volume of the Holy Law in order to give themselves to the oath taken on It the solemn and Sacred character indispensable to its sustainability.
  2. The Freemasons gathered in the lodge, outside the secular world, to work there according to the rite, with zeal and assiduity, in accordance with the principles and rules prescribed by the constitution and the general regulations of the Obedience.
  3. The Freemasons must admit in their lodges only major men, of perfect reputation, loyal and discreet, worthy in every respect to be their brothers and able to recognize the limits of the realm of man and the infinite power of the Eternal.
  4. The Freemasons cultivate in their lodges the love of the homeland, submission to the laws and respect for the established authorities. They see work as the primary duty and the human being and honor it in all its forms.
  5. The Freemasons contribute, through the active example of their wise, manly and dignified behavior, to the influence of the Order in respect of Masonic secrecy.
  6. The Freemasons owe each other, in honour, help and fraternal protection, even at the risk of their lives. They practice the art of maintaining calm and balance in all circumstances, essential to perfect soil control.