THE GRAND LODGE OF CYPRUS
HISTORY OF THE GRAND LODGE OF CYPRUS
According to international Masonic traditions, each independent state is entitled to have one Grand Lodge, under which all the Lodges of the territory will operate. Despite the fact that since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960, the Freemasons of Cyprus were entitled to establish their own Grand Lodge, this, for many reasons, mostly emotional, was not implemented. After several attempts, the Cypriot Freemasons finally convened on December 4, 2005, in a General Assembly and took the historic decision to establish their own Grand Lodge of Cyprus, by an overwhelming majority.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry, as a philosophical, progressive, and philanthropic institution, aims at the moral and spiritual improvement of its members through self-knowledge, the search for truth, solidarity, and the application of ethical principles. Its members are taught these principles through a series of works, which follow ancient types and use customs and symbols of ancient stonemasons, as allegorical guides.
What are the principles of Freemasonry?
A Freemason is encouraged to fulfill his duties, firstly towards God (by whatever name He is known) through his faith and religious practice, then towards his family and lastly towards his fellow human beings, through philanthropy and solidarity. Also, a Freemason continually strives for his moral and spiritual improvement.
What are the qualifications for entry?
A fundamental qualification for admission is faith in God and in His revealed will. Members can be men, at least 23 years of age, of any race, provided they meet this basic requirement and are of good character.
Is Freemasonry a secret organization?
Freemasonry is not a secret organization. Like many other societies, it considers some of its internal affairs as personal matters of its members. There are no secrets about its purposes and principles. Its Statute and Operating Rules are known to those interested.
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Is Freemasonry a religion?
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor a substitute for religion. It accepts men who belong to various religions and follow their own faith. For this reason, it prohibits religious discussions during the meetings of its members, in any Masonic space. The God of each Freemason remains the God of his Religion. In order to avoid doctrinal rivalries or religious differences among Freemasons, God is referred to by the general appellation of the Great Architect of the Universe.
What is the relationship of Freemasonry with society?
Freemasons are expected to fully respect the laws of the country where they live and work. They are also encouraged to actively engage in social activities always aiming for the common good. The use of Masonic status for the promotion of personal or professional interests is condemnable and opposes the principles of Freemasonry.
What is the relationship of Freemasonry with politics?
Freemasonry does not involve itself in politics and political discussions are strictly prohibited during the meetings of its members, in any Masonic space.
Why aren’t women allowed to enter?
Traditionally, Freemasonry only accepts men as its members. The stone masons, from whom modern Freemasonry originates, were only men. When Freemasonry was organized in its current form at the beginning of the 18th century, the position of women in society was different from it is today. Out of respect and adherence to tradition, only men can become members of the Grand Lodge of Cyprus. However, there are organizations that operate with Masonic practices that accept women as their members.