Yes, this is an excellent page. It's nice to be able to get this information online.
And as a non-Christian, I agree with Seeker's comments. It was with disappointment that I discovered my road to KT is blocked. I spent a number of years in St John's Ambulance Cadets throughout my teens, and they have - for obvious reasons - a huge Templar theme to their NCO education (in fact one of the exminable courses is called The History of the Order of St John). So naturally when I discovered Freemasonry had an KT order, I was instantly drawn to it... only to fall short of the deific requirements. C'est la vie...
Lewis: I think you'll find that they're all fundamentally lodges, but are given different names to differentiate themselves from Craft lodges (typically referred to simply as Lodges). And these names are usually in reference to the order's name, story or purpose - or maybe simply because they sound good or unique.
Perhaps someone who actually knows what they're talking about would care to respond to Lewis' question?
Matt, you are right, these names for the bodies , Chapter, Preceptory, College, Tabernacle etc do reflect the nature of each Order and its story, and help to distinguish them from an Ordinary (Craft) Lodge although the word "Lodge" is also used in Mark and RAM.
As has been said, these are simply different appelations for either group-meetings, or place-meetings.
A College, strictly, is a group of people, so is a Lodge. A Temple or Preceptory, by contrast, is a place or location in which a group of people meet.
The various titles of group names is simply a reflection as to the wide variety of possible appelations these may take, often with historical or symbolic signicance.
We could simply refer to each as a 'group', but this is, in my opinion, a diminution of language. After all, we refer to groups of fish, or cattle, or lions not as a 'group', but as a school, a herd, and a pride.
Let us too be proud to be heard in our esoteric schools.... oops, better keep my play on words to myself
sbs59: Can someone help me with this question. I was a Master Mason for 4 years until last year. My father died and i left the Masons as i was depressed about his death. Can i now re join a lodge?
May 21, 2019 10:07:41 GMT
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT