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The mission of Winchester Masonic Lodge No. 56 is multifaceted. It continually strives to provide service to the community and the greater world. This mission is accomplished in different ways. One way that the Lodge strives toward this mission is to improve each individual by raising him to the sublime level of a Master Mason. This aspect of it's mission helps prepare the individual mason to seek further light in order to understand the instructions outlined on his personal trestle board by the Supreme Architect of the universe throughout his life . In doing so, each mason reaches out to the community to improve it through humble service and a strong moral compass.
Beyond raising a man to the level of a Master Mason, the Lodge seeks out opportunities to create a fellowship of brotherhood as its existence is deeply rooted as a social Fraternity. The fundraising activities and charitable events foster a creative drive for a team working toward reaching a common goal together; activities, dinners, and the like, are the common ground for discussion and leisure that cements a bond of unity among ourselves and our families; and our meetings, rituals, and ceremonies are the brick work that we continually build upon that provide each mason with spiritual and moral direction, through a better understanding of The Supreme Architect of the universe, to spread further light into the world.
So by working both individually and collectively, masons seek to make the world a better place by first making themselves better men according to a grander outline upon the trestle board for each of their lives and then by spreading this light to their communities and the rest of the world through service.
The world's oldest and largest fraternal organization, known as speculative Freemasonry, has lodges all over the world. Freemasons use traditional rituals and symbols to emphasize moral and ethical lessons to be upheld throughout one's life. In order to become a member, an individual must petition a lodge, allow an investigation of their character to be made by an investigative committee of Freemasons, and then be voted in by a secret ballot election. Upon becoming a mason, there are three levels or degrees, the Entered Apprentice (EA), the Fellow Craft (FC), and the Master Mason (MM). Each degree will build upon the others and focus on increased levels of both moral and spiritual development.
Stated Lodge Meetings are at 7:00 P.M. on the first Monday of each month. Masonic supper is offered at 6:00 P.M. before each Stated Lodge Meeting. (If a Stated Lodge Meeting falls on a holiday, then the following Monday is used.)