Letter of the month: February 2000
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lorraine & Art)
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 00:27:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Temples - Lodges
Can you please define a Temple and a Lodge. Thank you,
Arthur Schwacke, Oakland, N.J.
To: email@example.com (Lorraine & Art)
Subject: Re: Temples - Lodges
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 04 Feb 2000 00:27:34 EST."
A lodge is a certain number of Freemasons, assembled to work, having
authority to do so from a charter or warrant (usually from a grand
A "lodge room" sometimes also simply called a "lodge" is the properly
arranged and furnished room where the lodge meets.
A Masonic "temple" is sometimes also called "Masonic building." It is
a building that contains a lodge room, or sometimes several of them, and
usually other facilities for the lodges that meet there. Often the part
of the building that contains the lodge rooms and other facilities would
be called the "Masonic apartments".
- I am a member of Mt. Scopus Lodge of Malden Massachusetts, which
has a charter from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts AF&AM ("Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons).
- Once a month, we meet in the large lodge room on the third floor of
the four-story Masonic building (Masonic temple) in downtown Malden.
- The first two storeys of our Masonic building are rented out to
local businesses, while the upper two storeys contain our Masonic
- The apartments contain, besides our large lodge room, a second
smaller lodge room, various sitting rooms for guests and visitors, and
on the fourth floor we have a large kitchen and a dining area
more-or-less suitable for our social functions.
This is a fairly typical arrangement in many towns and cities, where
the Masons have bought (or rented space in) a commercial building.
Many suburban Masonic temples are built specially for a lodge or
group of lodges and contain only Masonic facilities.
Does that clear it up? Let me know.
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