Holyrood Lodge No. 257
Holyrood Lodge was named after Holyrood Palace founded 1128 AD in Edinburgh Scotland, where several of our founding brothers hailed from in Scotland. This area is where the crowning of Scottish Kings took place and is shown in its current state.
Consecration and Constitution took place on May 9, 1927 at John Darling Lodge, with Most Worshipful Cary B. Fish, Grand Master, presiding.
Masonic scholars are not sure at what point in time our Craft was born. Every Mason knows it goes far beyond written record, and we believe it was not always called Freemasonry.
Operative masonry can be traced back to the Middle Ages and beyond. Operative masons back then formed groups with structures similar to ours today. They had officers and stations just like ours. Other men were admitted only after they had served a number of years of apprenticeship.
Operative refers to the time in our history when masons actually did the physical labor of building. They were the best at their craft, and they kept secret their methods of building. Speculative refers to the period of time when men were accepted into the Craft without being physical builders, but rather were spiritual builders.
Brotherly Love is one of the closest associations that could possibly exist between two people. In the Masonic Sense we must be willing to overlook or forget petty grievances or peculiarities. We must strive to see the good things in our Brethren that will make us love them. We must cast aside our passions and prejudices and remember, “All men are my Brethren.” We must remember that, “By the exercise of Brotherly Love we are taught to regard the whole human species as one family, the high and low, the rich and poor, who are taught to aid, support, and protect each other.”
Truth is the opposite of falsehood. When a person’s word is as good as his bond, he is classified as being truthful. To be good and true is one of the first lessons we are taught in Masonry. Truthfulness is one of the fundamental requirements of good citizenship. Without truth there would be no foundation for trust and fellowship. Freemasonry’s Motto is; “Let There Be Light.” In this sense truth has a much deeper meaning. In Masonry there is a never-ending search for more truth and light. It must be found by personal search. To each person it presents a different interpretation.
Relief is thought of most commonly as a form of charity, but Masonic relief has yet another meaning. A person may be distressed in many ways other than financial. He may have a business or a family problem that is discouraging to him, and a helpful suggestion may give him the relief he needs. He may be lonely because he lacks proper associations; then a cheerful word may be the relief he seeks. We claim that there are many ways of giving relief, and to relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men. To sympathize with their misfortunes, to console them in their sorrows, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, these are the great aims we have in view.
Interested in Learning More
Any man who is above eighteen years of age and of strong moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason. To learn more or to speak with one of our Brothers, please contact us.