How Masonic Lodges get their Name?
How do lodges obtain their names? What is the lodge name’s origin, meaning, or significance? That is a perfectly reasonable question, but it will almost certainly result in one of the shortest articles we’ve had in a long time. The lodge’s name is selected by the brethren who initiated the formation procedure. It is not mandated by the grand lodge or any other governing body. There is no such thing as a list from which they must choose.
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How Masonic Lodges get their Name?
So let’s have a look at an example. Each grande jurisdiction will have a specific rule about the number of master masons required to establish a new lodge. Assume we’ve met the basic requirements and these brethren wish to form this new lodge. Depending on your grand lodge, you may be required to fill out specific paperwork or documents. However, those documents are compiled and delivered to the grand lodge, and the lodges are then placed under dispensation until the general body of the craft votes and the lodge becomes chartered. So there are a plethora of different intricacies and tangents. We could continue there. But the point is, the initial members are the ones who decide on the name of the lodge. What is the significance of this? That, too, will be determined by the initial brethren. So you’re familiar with Longstreet Lodge, my home lodge. We can uncover no trace of an explanation for why it was named Longstreet Lodge.
If you will, it is widely acknowledged. That it is named for General Longstreet, who, according to all available documents, was not a freemason. As a result, we’re not clear why it was given that name. I enjoy having an idea in my mind that detracts from the name’s majesty. However, we have some extremely long roads in my part of the country, as I’m sure you do as well. However, this is a country, and I would not be astonished if someone responded, “Well, it’s on the long street, and that’s all there is to it.” However, the point is that we don’t know you, and I wish lodges had done a better job of documenting why they chose a name back in the day. Now and then, it’s self-evident. Occasionally, it is named after anything that sounds Masonic, such as Acacia Lodge or another object that we use as a symbol or educational tool inside Freemasonry. Occasionally, it may be the name of a local resident.
As a result, researching its past may be significantly easier. Thus, the lodge may be identical to John Q. Public Lodge, and as it turns out, John Q. Public was a notable attorney in the early nineteenth century. As a result, the lodge was named after him. He was a founder member, or something along those lines. Thus, there are numerous possible explanations for why lodges are named as they are, and I believe I’m saving the most apparent one for last. Occasionally, they are simply named after the location in which they are located. To me, a lodge called Meridians and another called Little Rock are simply the names of the cities, towns, or small burrows where these lodges are located. Thus, you are. That, in essence, is why a lodge might be designated the way it is now.
Tell me about your lodge in the comments section below. Use this blog post to explain why your resort is named the way it is. Because, I believe, we frequently take some of these things for granted. If I see a lodge with a name on it, I automatically presume it is a prior master of that lodge or another renowned master mason from that area, but this is not always the case. Perhaps it is a significant figure from the area, or a well-known developer, or someone who has simply influenced humanity in a positive way for the local area. Therefore, please go down to the comments section and tell me why your lodge is named, what it is titled, and why it is significant to you. We appreciate your time reading.
Thank you again. We’ll see you next time.
By Brother Jared, a Master Mason of Grad Lodge Mississippi