Munich’s English Emulation Lodge
Southern Star Lodge was consecrated on February 9th 2002 and is a member Lodge of the Grand Lodge of British Freemasonry in Germany (GLBFG), within the United Grand Lodges of Germany (VGLvD). The Lodge works in the English language and according to English Emulation ritual. At the moment the Lodge has more than 60 members from nations as far apart as Columbia, the Philippines, Perú, USA & Nigeria, a truly multinational Lodge.
Southern Star, am 9. Februar 2002 gegründet, ist Mitglied der Großloge der Britische Freimaurerei in Deutschland (GLBFG) innerhalb der Vereinigten Großlogen von Deutschland (VGLvD). Die Loge arbeitet in englischer Sprache und entsprechend dem Englischen Emulation Ritual. Die Loge ist multinational. Sie hat momentan ca. 60 Mitglieder, die nicht nur aus Großbritannien und Deutschland stammen, sondern auch aus Ländern wie Kolumbien und den Philippinen, Perú, den USA und Nigeria.
What is Emulation?
The Emulation ritual is one of the most widespread masonic ritual systems and comprises, in addition to the three Craft degrees, the Installation ceremony. It is practised above all in England, its country of origin, but also in many other, especially English speaking countries, and is therefore represented all over the world. This system puts the main emphasis on ritual and spiritual teaching in the Lodge itself and therefore does not include lectures outside Lodge working. All activities apart from instructions for apprentices and fellow craft are imbedded in the ritual.
The name “Emulation” originated in 1823, when the “Emulation Lodge of Instruction”, later called the “Emulation Lodge of Improvement”, was formed in London. The aim of this Lodge was to strictly preserve this newly unified ritual, to protect it from “adjustment” to changing fashions and to instruct interested masonic circles in its practice.
The Three Great Principles
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Some facts about Freemasonry
The Essential Qualification for Membership
The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership of Freemasonry is a belief in a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry and Religion
Freemasonry is not a religion neither is it a substitute for religion. It has no theology, teaches no route to salvation and offers no sacraments. Freemasonry is a multi-cultural organisation, and is open to all men who can fulfill the essential qualification. They must be of good repute, and are encouraged to follow their own particular faith according to their conscience and individual beliefs.
Freemasonry and Society
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members’ duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities. The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else’s business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission.
His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who as acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics and religion at Masonic meetings is forbidden.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of young persons, the sick, aged and disadvantaged. This work continues today.
Our Worshipful Master’s Message
“If you are new to Freemasonry, please have a look around and contact us for further information or if you have any questions. If you are already a Freemason than please consider a visit with us. We are a small friendly Lodge in Munich with a varied membership from all over the world. We work in English and wherever you come from you are always assured of a warm Masonic welcome.”
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Worshipful Master of Southern Star Lodge 1025, Munich.
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