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Scottish Rite and Freemasonry

To join the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, one must first be a Master Mason in good standing, with membership in a craft or "blue" lodge of Freemasonry.  Scottish Rite recognizes that there is no degree higher than that of a Master Mason. The 29 degrees in Scottish Rite build on the lessons of the three craft degrees.  While each Scottish Rite degree has a title, for convenience they are numbered, from the 4° to the 32°.

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What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a system of morality and ethics that transcends political, racial, financial and secular boundaries. It is a belief that all men are created equal, and all deserve respect, love, relief and charity. It is a voluntary association of men who have adopted its teachings as a way of life, and seek to improve themselves in their daily existence. It is a pursuit of excellence in a world where excellence seems unattainable. Teaching morality through symbolism and allegory, its rites and ceremonies instruct its members to cherish the tenets of the "Brotherhood of Man, under the Fatherhood of God".

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Grand Lodge of NH

      What Freemasonry Is Not

Sometimes it's easier to tell non-Masons what Freemasonry is not.

  • It is not an organization which solicits membership — all men must come to
    Freemasonry of their own free will and accord.

  • It is not an insurance organization or a benefit society.

  • It is not a religion, a creed, or a religious order.

  • It is not a charity, but recognizes that the tenet of Charity as a foundation of love for humanity is a duty for all Masons.

  • It is not organized for profit, and no member may profit from his association with the Fraternity, upon penalty of expulsion.

  • It does not dictate to any man as to his religious or secular beliefs and is not a substitute for the connection any man has to his God.

  • It is never a forum for discussion of religion, politics, or other partisan affairs.

  • Finally, it is not a secret society as it does not conceal its existence, or its purpose.

Freemasonry seeks to improve all men who would believe that there is a fundamental good in everyone who is not unwilling to live to its precepts.   

Other Masonic Bodies in NH


York Rite
Order of the Eastern Star

  Supreme Council
   Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Supreme Council NMJ

Masonic Youth Organizations in NH

       Freemasonry & Social Networking

The Freemason Network is a social networking site connecting Masons to thousands of other Masons around the US and 147 countries around the World! Hosted by The Supreme Council, 33° for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, it’s simple to use, offers up the latest news and opinions about Masonic topics and connects Brothers near and far. The link below is to the Scottish Rite, NMJ page on the Network. One must be a Mason to join the Freemason Network.

DeMolay Freemason Network

Freemasonry and the Fabric of America

Lee Sherman Dreyfus, 33º
Former Professor and Wisconsin Governor

      What is the Purpose of Freemasonry?

A common expression used to describe Freemasonry is that it exists to "make good men better." To this end, the purpose of Freemasonry is to teach those universal ethical principles that guide all good men. It teaches kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance toward evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another, and above all, reverence and love for God. These principles are so universal to the basis of a working society that they are an essential way of life for each of its members.



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