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General Regulatory Code of the Order of the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (1778)

GENERAL REGULATORY CODE OF THE ORDER OFKNIGHTS BENEFICENT OF THE HOLY CITY

Agreed at the Convent National des GaulesHeld in November 1778/465

TITLE IThe different classes of the Order and the qualities required to be received

 

ARTICLE IDifferent Classes of the Order

The Order of Knights Beneficent of the H. C. restored through reform to its primitive purpose, which is none other than the relief of humanity, to which service it is dedicated, pursues every means to accomplish this, discusses useful ideas, and serves to unite the strengths of individuals in order to achieve them, and to execute them with greater facility. Therefore it has not been believed necessary to compel the Knights to take obligations which are unchanging and often incompatible with the status which they have chosen in Civil Society, but as in former times a part of the militia of the Temple fought the enemies of the Christians on the great roads, while another received pilgrims into their hospices, and brought together the poor and the injured, one similarly recognizes three classes of Knights today: those of the Regular Knights or Clerici, the Military Knights or Milites, and the Civil or Civilian Knights, Equites Cives Sanctæ… Continue reading

Masonic Code of the Reunited and Rectified Lodges (1778)

MASONIC CODE OF THE REUNITED & RECTIFIED LODGES OF FRANCE As approved by the Deputies of the Directorates of France at the National Convent of Lyon in 5778

Introduction

No Order, no Society can exist without laws. The execution of these laws ensures the prosperity of Society; their oversight or infraction leads to decadence and ruin.

The wisdom of those who direct the Masonic Order, as respectable because of its age as its utility, has made it triumph over time and its adversaries, despite the attacks that some of its members have brought upon it, either through their personal vices, or by the multiple abuses they had tried to introduce into it. If it has lost some of its former splendor in a few lands in Europe it is to these corrupt members that this must be attributed, the common people having unfairly changed their opinion of the entire Body due to what shocked them in the behavior of a few, who, despite the fine name by which they presented themselves, were however complete foreigners to the Masonic Order. But the same virtues which have been preserved can still return it to all its glory, and similarly it has never… Continue reading

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France (GLMF)

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France is an essentially humanistic, philosophical and progressive institution.

Its purpose is the research of truth, the study of ethics and the practice of solidarity.

It works to improve material and moral, intellectual and social development of humanity.

Its principles are: mutual tolerance, respect for others and oneself.

It proclaims the principle of secularism considered as the opposition to all alienations, including any dogmatic influence.

It refers to the absolute freedom of conscience, that is to say, the right of every Freemason to believe in the truth of his choice or not to believe.

Its motto is:

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France has a duty to extend to all mankind the fraternal ties that unite the Freemasons.

It recommends to its initiates to participate in social and cultural public life and to disseminate the fruits of their research by their example, subject to the strict observance of the Masonic secret.

The Freemason’s duty under all circumstances, is to help, inform, protect his brothers and sisters and to defend them against injustice.

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France honors any work that improves the Human Being.

Loyal to the traditions and information… Continue reading

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