by Bro. J.J.P. Goody
Godolphin Lodge No. 7790, Province of Cornwall, UGLE, England
"Visiting" is undoubtedly a central pillar of Freemasonry. At the
simplest level, it is the opportunity to share comradeship, to enjoy
each other's company, and as we move from "labour to refreshment" to
enjoy the society of the Festive Board. But of course, visiting another
Lodge offers much more than this, it provides opportunities to exchange
ideas, to achieve a better understanding of the ceremony, and to make a
fuller, more complete sense of the ritual.
Visiting reinforces those shared experiences that transcend the
individual and his Lodge. Visiting helps serve as a guide, in our
search for meaning and understanding within our Masonic journey. We are
often led by a sense of aesthetics, to explore the linguistic and visual
beauty of the ritual, as we seek out a different perspective to our own
This is perhaps the reason why we seek further understanding, in
another Brother's Temple? To see different interpretations; and to help
develop those fundamental ideas, which underpin freemasonry and unite
our life. Those essential Masonic principles, which link morality,
ethics and religion.
Through our attendance in another Brother's Lodge we are often able
to reinterpret our understanding of Freemasonry, but more than that,
visiting helps us see that the most elegant and simple social and
physical structures, are probably the ones, which hold the greatest
"When we learned Pythagoras's theorem, we learned something about
every right-angled triangle in the world, for all time. If we
understand Newton's laws, we have grasped something about every particle
that has ever existed", ("Time", S. Baxter 1999). In Freemasonry, if
we understand the allegorical lessons of moral truth, we have grasped
insights into every moral issue that ever existed and have become
fuller, more complete citizens of the world. "Visiting" is therefore, a
sense of expanding horizons and consciousness, of fellowship, of
enjoyment and advancement.
It is where the prosaic meets the profound. It is about making
better sense of a peculiar system of morallty, lifting the veil of
allegory and reflecting on the symbolism which permeates our ceremonies
in all its forms. "Visiting" therefore can make a significant
contribution in promoting the link between Masonic principles and
universal world truths.
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