Freemasonry has been active in the Province of Valencia since the 1980's. Today there are approximately 570 members meeting in 25 Lodges across the Province. We are constitutionally part of the Grand Lodge of Spain.
Due to the cosmopolitan makeup of the Province, which stretches from the southern border of Cataluña in the north to the northern border of Murcia in the south, (please see map in 'Where we meet' there are masons from many countries attending Lodge Meetings. The meetings are therefore held in a variety of languages including Spanish, English, German and Dutch, depending on the Lodge. Most of the Lodges work in Emulation although there are three that work in Scottish rite.
Regular Freemasonry is an international organisation of some 6 million members. It is a secular society open to men of any race, religion, political belief and status.
What we do
Being a Freemason is about a number of things. It provides guidance on the way to conduct one's life in a moral and ethical way. It can also provide an active social calendar to the member who wants to meet new people. Whilst all Lodges hold regular meetings, it is the global community of Masonry that many members find the most fulfilling.
Apart from general business, the focal point of a Lodge Meeting will be a ceremony to bring new members into Freemasonry and progress them through the various levels in a Lodge. The ceremonies are a series of short plays which symbolise progress through life and seek to communicate a series of moral lessons and principles by which to live. A meeting will usually be followed by a social gathering and formal meal at which a few short toasts are given.
Most Lodges hold social events. Many involve partners and families as well as non-masons. A traditional lodge event is the 'Ladies' Festival' - which is intended to thank the members' partners, and particularly the Worshipful Master's wife, for all the support that they have given throughout the year. Almost all events are linked to raising money for charity - local, National or Masonic.
Outside the Lodge, many members are involved with local charities and their fund-raising efforts, many of which involve social events for all the family.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that provides its members the opportunity to participate in a life-long journey of learning and self-discovery and a deepening personal moral strength and compassion. Most Masons find the experience both challenging and rewarding and above all, enormously enjoyable.
The exact origin of Freemasonry is unclear however many of our symbols and ceremonies are based on the practices of the ancient stonemasons' guilds. Members are taught our precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasons are taught an approach to life which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help and for those in need.
Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can have a belief in a Supreme Being and who are of good repute. Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meetings.
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden. A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbour through charity and service
How to Join
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward. The essential qualification for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being.
It is usual for candidates to be "mature men of 21 years and over", but in some circumstances candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 can be admitted.
In addition you must:-