A warm welcome to the District Grand Lodge of Barbados' website.
If you have ventured here to explore our history, wonder what Freemasonry is, or what do we do, then hopefully we can provide you with a taste for that and a bit more on our website.
Brother Andre S. F. Harding, Right Worshipful District Grand Master
The District Grand Lodge of Barbados
A Way of Life
There are now about 4 million Freemasons under more than 100 “regular” Grand Lodges worldwide. Membership of the Craft is open to every respectable man who believes in his personal Supreme Being – usually known in Masonic terms as The Great Architect of The Universe, Grand Geometrician of the Universe or Most High. These descriptive names show the importance the Freemason places on his Supreme Being in the order of things in life.
Three great but simple principles, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, unite Freemasons of every colour and many creeds. Non-Freemasons often unfairly criticise not knowing that members of the Craft are guided by such honorable objectives. The good Freemason builds these principles into his daily life as a law abiding man and citizen of the world.
As every Man progresses in life by education so every Freemason is taught how he can be a better Man. This is done by a series of degrees – each degree educates him and answers some questions but leaves a door beyond. When the candidate has grasped the teaching of one degree, that door is opened by his progress to the next degree.
Freemasonry and Secrecy
It is often wrongly stated that Freemasonry is a secret society. There are many thousands of books on Freemasonry openly available in libraries everywhere. The Masonic Temple is usually a fairly conspicuous building in most communities. The truth is that the principles and many of the practices of Freemasonry are anything but secret. Members are perfectly free to make it known that they are Freemasons.
Freemasonry is an ancient and honourable society.
Its principles are just steady standards of life and conduct in a changing world. The practice by the Freemason of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and the other principles of the Craft will go a long way to making a good man better.