What is a Shriner and what do they believe?

What is a Shriner and what do they believe?

What is a Shriner and what do they believe?

Shriners must profess a belief in God -- the Jewish, Christian or Muslim God. They claim to affirm religious tolerance, patriotism, freedom, charity and integrity. The Shrine officially adopts Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

Are Shriners part of the Free Masons?

7. The Shriners are Freemasons. The Shriners (known formally as the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine), the charity organization best known in the popular mind for driving tiny cars in parades, are an off-shoot of the Masons. They run 22 children's hospitals where patients don't pay a cent.

Do you have to be a mason before being a Shriner?

To become a Shriner, you must first be a Master Mason in good standing in a lodge recognized by, or in amity with, the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, the Interamerican Masonic Confederation (CMI) and/or the World Conference of Grand Lodges.

What are the two types of Masons?

In the United States there are two main Masonic appendant bodies: The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Can a woman be a Shriner?

Women who are related to a Shriner either by birth, marriage or adoption are eligible to join The Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America (LOSNA) and Daughters of the Nile. The Shrine Guilds of America members are wives or widows of Shriners.

What religion are the Shriners?

Shriners International, also commonly known as The Shriners or formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, (AAONMS) is a Masonic society established in 1870 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

What is a 33 degree Mason?

In the United States, members of the Scottish Rite can be elected to receive the 33° by the Supreme Council. It is conferred on members who have made major contributions to society or to Masonry in general.

Can a girl be a Shriner?

Having fun and helping children in need is a hallmark of the Shriners fraternity. Shriners' ladies have the opportunity to enjoy the same camaraderie and purpose through several independent organizations that women who are related to a Shriner are eligible to join.

What is the difference between Masons and Freemasons?

Three degrees are offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry, and members of any of these degrees are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies (separate from those who administer the Craft degrees).

What do the Masons believe in?

To become a Freemason, the applicant has to be an adult male and must believe in the existence of a supreme being and in the immortality of the soul. The teachings of Freemasonry enjoin morality, charity, and obedience to the law of the land.

What's the difference between a mason and a Shriner?

Shriners have temples; Masons have a Blue Lodge or Craft Lodge. Members of the Masonic lodges are required to learn about their fraternity and earn a series of Masonic degrees. When a member has completed the third and final degree he becomes a Master Mason and is then eligible to become a Shriner.

Is the Order of the Mystic Shrine the same as Freemasons?

In fact, if you look carefully at the full name — Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine — you can rearrange the letters A.A.O.N.M.S. and spell “A MASON.” All Shriners are Freemasons, but not all Freemasons become Shriners.

Do you have to be a Freemason to join the shrine?

The Shrine isn’t a Masonic organization — it doesn’t confer any degree that continues or enlarges on the Masonic degrees. It’s simply an organization that requires Masonic lodge membership as a prerequisite for joining. From the beginning, the Shrine was intentionally designed to be fun — actually, even a bit juvenile.

Are there any Masons who are not Masons?

They seem like Masons with a similar system of degrees, only they are decidedly not Masons. Sort of like RC cola isn't really Coke but looks and tastes like it. My friend is not in KOC, he is a Mason inviting me to sign up so I'm not really interested in KOC.


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