Masons celebrate their 300th anniversary – Ohio News

Masons celebrate their 300th anniversary – Ohio News

Three-hundred years ago, on June 24, 1717, four groups of London Freemasons joined together to celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist. At that gathering they founded the Grand Lodge of London and brought the ancient fraternity of Masons into the public eye.

Masons from Champaign County, Clark County and Union County are celebrating this anniversary with a feast on June 24 at the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield. Those interested in attending should contact the District Secretary at 614-208-7339.

Over the 300 years, Freemasonry has become the world’s largest men’s fraternal organization. Masonry today is a multi-generational organization that unites men of good character regardless of their race, religion, politics or social standing. Masons learn from one another the art of morality, harmony, ethics and how to be both good persons and good citizens.

Freemasonry consists of three degrees that impart lessons of morality using allegories and the tools of stonemasons. These degrees are given in Local Lodges, which are the foundation of all Masonry. To become a Mason, a man must believe in a supreme creator, be a good citizen, and must request membership.

Masonry came to Ohio with the Revolutionary War veterans who founded Marietta and Chillicothe. It came to Champaign County over 200 years ago, in 1809, with the founding of Harmony Lodge No. 8 at Urbana. By the 1890s there were Masonic Lodges in Urbana, Kings Creek, North Lewisburg, St. Paris, Mechanicsburg and Christiansburg.

Today Champaign County Freemasons meet at Harmony Lodge No. 8, Urbana Masonic Temple, on the first Thursday of the month; Mechanicsburg…

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