What Constitutes an Observant Masonry Lodge?
- Sartorial Elegance: Just as you dress up to go to a wedding or religious service, so wearing white tie, black tie or at least a dark suit demonstrates your respect for our Institution, and a desire to set your time in Masonry apart from your daily life.
- The Lodge as a Place Apart: The Lodge is seen as a space set apart from daily life. Members are encouraged to leave the profane world at the door, through the judicious use of music, silence, incense and candlelight, as well as the dress code which reflect a reverence for this sacred space. A Chain of Union reminds members of their link with all Masons during the closing prayer, or after the Lodge is closed. Candidates meditate within a Chamber of Reflection prior to the start of our Standard Degree work.
- Ritual & Educational Excellence: Ritual is done from memory. Regular rehearsals ensure a high standard. Candidates follow an established and comprehensive program of education which studies the history, symbolism, and esotericism of Masonry; they deliver presentations on what they learn.
- Festive Boards & Agapes: The social time Masons spend together is as important as their labors together in Lodge. As such, these events should be elegant and refined, providing a memorable experience in good company, with fine food, educational presentations and formal toasts.
Source: The Grand Lodge of New York - https://nymasons.org/site/observant-masonry/