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A Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
(or Grand Orient or other similar title) is the overarching governing body of a fraternal or other similarly organized group in a given area, usually a city, state, or country.

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1 In Freemasonry

1.1 Jurisdictions 1.2 Relation to other Masonic bodies

2 Other organizations 3 See also 4 References

In Freemasonry[edit] See also: Freemasonry
Freemasonry
and Regular Masonic jurisdictions A Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
or Grand Orient is the usual governing body of "Craft", "Blue Lodge", or "Symbolic"[1] Freemasonry
Freemasonry
in a particular jurisdiction. The first Masonic Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
was established in England in 1717 as the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of London and Westminster, soon to call itself the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of England.[2] The head of a Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
is called the Grand Master, and the other officers of the Grand Lodge prefix "Grand" to the titles of Lodge officers. Many European Grand Lodges have established Provincial Grand Lodges as an organizational layer between themselves and member Lodges. In the United States, a Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
will often divide its area of control into "Districts" or "Regions." There is no central body to oversee all of the Grand Lodges in the world (nor, indeed, all of Freemasonry), and therefore, individual Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
policies and practices can and do vary, though they have a similar basic framework in common. The lack of a central authority means that Grand Lodges are held together simply by fellowship with one another. Jurisdictions[edit] Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
jurisdictions are typically based on areas of civil government, with a separate Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
governing Masonic lodges within a particular national or state boundary. Each Grand Lodge functions independently of any other Grand Lodge, setting its own rules and rituals, and determining which other Grand Lodges to recognize. When two Grand Lodges recognize each other they are said to be "in Amity". "Amity" means that the two Grand Lodges recognize each other as being legitimate, and may allow Masons under one Grand Lodge to visit lodges of the other. A Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
that is not "in amity with" (or recognised by) another Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
will not permit its members to visit Lodges in the second Grand Lodge's jurisdiction, or vice versa. The cause of a lack of amity is usually due to a perceived or actual violation of one of the Landmarks of Freemasonry.[3] Furthermore, with some exceptions, especially regarding US Grand Lodges' recognition of Grand Lodges in South America, any Grand Lodge not recognised by the United Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of England
England
(UGLE) is also not recognised by any Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
in amity with UGLE. The largest Grand Orient in the Continental Masonic form is the Grand Orient de France. While the United Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of England, the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Ireland and the Grand Lodge of Scotland
Grand Lodge of Scotland
each govern Freemasonry
Freemasonry
within their respective countries and overseas provinces, Continental European countries typically have more than one Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
per country. Historically, the United States had recognised one Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
per state, independent of the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of any other state. Today, most have two: a "mainstream" Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
and a Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Grand Lodge. All of the "mainstream" Grand Lodges in the United States of America are recognised by each other, and most recognise each other's Prince Hall counterparts. Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Masonry, which was formed while Masonry in the United States was effectively segregated on racial grounds, has a predominantly black membership. Various philosophical and technical reasons historically prevented US "mainstream" Grand Lodges from recognising or acknowledging Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Grand Lodges as regular bodies operating in accordance with the Landmarks of Freemasonry. Originally having one Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
for the whole United States, separate Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Grand Lodges now operate in most US states and jurisdictions. Many PHGLs also sponsor and govern Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Lodges abroad, principally on or near US military bases. Since the early 1990s onward, most, but not all, US Grand Lodges and Prince Hall
Prince Hall
Grand Lodges began to extend mutual recognition and promote visitations and fellowship between their members. Relation to other Masonic bodies[edit] Other organisations which only accept Master Masons, such as Scottish Rite and the Shriners, have their own governing bodies, not called Grand Lodges, which are not directly accountable to the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
in the jurisdiction in which they operate. Other Masonically-affiliated orders, such as the OES and DeMolay, are also independent. However, these organisations' governing bodies, as a rule, defer to their Grand Lodges as the essential authority over Masonry in their regions. Other organizations[edit]

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The Oddfellows, Elks, and other similar fraternal groups also have Grand Lodges, as does the Orange Order, as many of them based their organizational model on that of Freemasonry. See also[edit]

Book: Freemasonry

List of Masonic Grand Lodges, a list of bodies claiming to be a Masonic Grand Lodge, regardless of regularity or recognition issues

References[edit]

^ Albert G. Mackey. Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 1003, "Symbolic Degrees," and p. 1004, "Symbolic Lodge," The Masonic History Company, Chicago: 1946. ^ Morris, S. Brent. Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry. New York: Alpha, 2006. p. 9 ^ Bundy, Harry W. "Determining Recognition" Phoenixmasonry.org. From Proceedings of the Seventh Rocky Mountain Masonic Conference, Rocky Mountain Consistory No. 2, Denver, Colorado on July 11, 1958.

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