“My grandfather was one, but I don’t know much about it.”
“My dad used to go to meetings every couple of weeks, but he didn’t talk about what went on there to mom or us.”
“I hear it is some super-top-secret sort of thing – something mysterious – special handshakes and passwords and such.”
Have you ever wondered about the Masons - what they stand for – what they believe in – what they do?
The Masons – also called “Freemasons” – are one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world, with a written history that dates back to early eighteenth-century London and which presupposes an underlying existence stretching even further back into time.
Our own Harmony Lodge #6 is the oldest fraternal lodge in Galveston, Texas dating back to 1840. The histories of Galveston and Texas are intrinsically tied to the Freemasons of our island city. You can read more about this rich and fascinating history here.
Freemasons arose from guilds of actual stonemasons – the craftsmen who labored during the Middle Ages, sometimes for their entire lifetimes, to construct the great cathedrals of Europe. Over many decades, groups of these artisans, called “lodges,” evolved such that their members were no longer builders in the physical, but rather in the spiritual, sense – men united by the bond of the common belief that by endeavoring to make themselves better human beings they would accomplish the same in their fellow lodge members, their communities, and the world.
Toward this end Harmony Lodge #6 is deeply involved with a number of charitable efforts both on the local and national level. Please see our Charity and Volunteering page for an introduction to some of the philanthropy we take part in.
Unfortunately, over the years, some have leveled criticisms at our “gentle Craft.” The most common is that we are a secretive society and therefore must be engaged in something clandestine of which we do not want others to know. We do employ initiations and ritual peculiar to our group, but so, too, do many other fraternal and civic organizations. And Freemasons proudly wear rings, lapel pins, and neckties bearing the symbol of our fraternity, the “Square and Compasses.”
Another common misconception is that Freemasonry is a religion. This assertion, too, falls far from the mark. Freemasonry encourages its members to attend their chosen houses of worship. We keep a standard Holy Bible open in the center of our lodge room during every meeting to symbolize that we will take no action therein that we would wish to hide from the Supreme Being.
Countless famous and esteemed men have been Masons, including the “Father of Our Country,” George Washington, and prominent early Texas politicians Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and Mirabeau B. Lamar.
Who can become a Freemason?
Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward.
Freemasons do not solicit membership into our Fraternity.
Therefore, a man must come "of his own freewill and accord."
If you are interested in becoming a Freemason you must ask a Mason for a petition. If you do not know a Mason you can visit us at any stated meeting. See the Home Page for time and location.
You must believe in God and the immortality of the soul.
Freemasonry accepts good men of all faiths, but you cannot be an atheist.
Masonry requires that a man be "sound in mind and members."
A man must be in relatively good health and able to walk and kneel and have a clear mind.
Masonry makes good men better.
While Masonry is a system of self improvement, we do not propose to make bad men good. By associating ourselves with men of high character we in turn become better men. If you are a felon you cannot be a Mason.
If none of the above statements disqualify you from membership and you have a favorable opinion of our ancient and honorable fraternity, locate a Lodge in your area and introduce yourself at a stated meeting or call the Lodge Secretary.
If you are interested in petitioning for membership with Harmony Lodge #6 please email our Lodge Secretary (Brother Jeff Modzelewski - Email: email@example.com) or contact us by phone at 409-739-3879.
An introductory video from our brethren in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.