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What are the Tenants of Masonry?

Brotherly Love: By the exercise of Brotherly Love we are taught to regard the whole human species as one family, the high and the low, the rich and the poor; all whom are created by one Almighty parent, all inhabitants of the same planet, and all who are here to aid, support, and protect each other. On this principle, Masonry unites men of every country, sect, and opinion; and causes true friendships to exist among those who might otherwise remained at a perpetual distance.

Relief: To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly Masons. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view. On this basis we form our friendships and establish our communications.

Truth: Truth is a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. On this theme we contemplate and by it dictates endeavor to regulate our conduct. Hence, while influ-enced by this principle, hypocrisy, and deceit are unknown among us; sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us; and with heart and tongue we join in promoting each other’s welfare and rejoicing in each other’s prosperity.

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