What We Do

A typical Masonic Lodge will meet once a month usually between September and May. Merchants’ Lodge for example meets seven times a year in September to November, and January to April at the Masonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool.

As with any Society, there are officers of the Lodge. The most important is the Master, who is elected annually by all members of the Lodge, and acts as the chairman and figure-head. For many, becoming Master is the highlight of their Masonic career. Other officers include administrative positions such as treasurer and secretary, and most importantly an almoner who keeps in contact with the sick and needy.

merchants lodge roomAt a meeting, all the normal things associated with any Society take place (minutes, motions, correspondence, news, etc), but what distinguishes Freemasonry from other societies is that a number of ceremonies take place in which candidates and many of the members participate. The objective is to illustrate and inform new members in a symbolic yet sometimes dramatic form of the history and principles of Freemasonry. It alludes to one’s passage through life, his relationships with others and presents an understanding of himself.

These ceremonies , with minor variations, are common to all Lodges both here and abroad this shared background helps to bind Freemasons together and enables them to visit any lodge and still be able to follow the proceedings.

Any new entrant is assigned to one of our members, who will introduce him to the other brethren to help him to settle in quickly. He will provide guidance and explain the significance of parts of the ceremonies and practices.

merchants lodge dining roomFreemasonry promotes the personal development of each member. Taking part in the ceremonies in the lodge room and at the dinner later, secure in the knowledge that they are amongst friends, has given many members the confidence to speak in public, on completion of the ceremonial part of the evening, members retire to the dining room to enjoy each others company in a less formal atmosphere. The evening is usually over by 10.00pm.

FAMOUS MASONS:

Religion

Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1887 - 1972)
Sir Israel Brodie (1895 - 1979)

Scientists

Sir Joseph Banks (1744 - 1820)
Dr Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823)
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955)
Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877 - 1947)

Charity

Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 - 1905)
1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851 - 1925)
Sir William “Billy” Butlin (1899 - 1980)

Actors

David Garrick (1717 - 1779)
Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833)
Sir Henry Irving (1838 - 1905 )
Sir Donald Wolfitt (1902 - 1968)
Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980)
Ernest Borgnine (1917 - 2012)

Further Information:

United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) was founded in 1717 and is the oldest masonic Grand Lodge in the world.

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We welcome you to read this information to better understand why people join the Freemasions.

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the world.

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Freemasonry also teaches and practises concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

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