Frequently asked questions
What is Mark Masonry?
Where and when do you meet?
How much does membership of a Mark Lodge cost?
That is a question to which there are many answers. In terms of Freemasonry and the relation to Craft Masonry, the Mark is the fulfilment of the Fellow Craft degree, the second stage in Craft Masonry. It provides many of the answers to those questions posed to a member as he journeys through the various stages of becoming a Freemason.
Mark Masonry as a whole means different things to each of those join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to society, making his Mark so to speak, while having fun; but for all, Mark Masonry is a means to further improve oneself, intellectually, morally, spiritually and socially.
What happens in a Lodge meeting?
Why do you take oaths?
Are you expected to give preference to other masons?
Lodges meet in the following cities
Palmerston North, Wellington
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Further information is detailed below the Calendar
What if I am a member of a religious organisation?
What about politics and religion?
Membership of a Mark Lodge in New Zealand is typically around ????? per annum plus an advancement fee of ????? for registration at Grand Lodge. In addition you have the option to attend the festive board, which is typically around ????? per meeting of which there are normally three or four each year.
You will also need to purchase some Masonic regalia for Mark Lodges and any other order that you may wish to pursue.
Is Freemasonry an international organisation?
How many degrees are there in Mark Masonry?
A Lodge meeting, like those of other groups and organisations, is normally in two parts and is only open to members.
First, there are the normal administrative procedures of any organisation such as:
Minutes of the previous meeting
Proposing and balloting for new members
Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
Masonic news and correspondence
News about charitable work
and secondly, we have the ceremonies for:
Admitting new members
Progressing members within the organisation
The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers
After the lodge meeting we have the festive board, which is an evening meal, where our members and any visiting Mark Masons share wine and good conversation over a meal.
New members make solemn promises concerning their good behaviour, both specifically in a Mark Lodge and in society in general. Members also promise to keep secret our mode of recognition based upon the Ancient Guilds.
Certainly not; this would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved. On joining, each new member states that he expects no material gain from membership.
Freemasonry is not a substitute for religion nor does it seek to replace or supplant membership of any particular religious organisation. Craft Freemasonry is open to men of all faiths and beliefs.
However, if you want to become a Freemason and join us you must have a belief in a “Supreme Being”. This belief, although necessary to membership, is entirely the affair of each individual. Once you have become a Freemason, you are eligible to be Advanced as a Mark Master Mason.
With Mark as with the Craft each individual member’s belief system continues to remain entirely his own affair.
Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry. The United Grand Lodge of England, which is the body which governs Craft Freemasonry within England and several territories abroad currently has over 250,000 members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges in many different countries. The other UK Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both Northern Ireland and Eire, and Scotland have a combined total of approximately 150,000 members. Under the New Zealand Constitution the Mark Degree is administered by the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand.
Mark Masonry as with Craft Masonry, as an organisation, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics, as with religion, has always been prohibited at Masonic meetings. Your religious beliefs and political opinions are your own affair, providing such are not contrary to the law, and are not for discussion with other members during a meeting.
Under the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons the Order has one Degree comprising two stages namely;
Mark Master Mason
To become a Mark Master Mason you must first be a Craft Masonry. In England, under the Constitution of the United Grand Lodge of England, ‘Craft Freemasonry’ consists of three stages or degrees:
After you have become a full member of the Craft you are eligible to join other Masonic Orders such as Mark Master Masons, known as the Mark and similarly once you have become a Mark Master Mason you are eligible to join further Masonic Orders such as the Royal Ark Mariners.
Membership of other Masonic Orders is entirely optional and for the individual member to consider.