Aspiring to become better men both inside and outside closed doors.
Within the Lodge
GENTLEMEN BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CLOSED DOORS.
Aspiration to become better men has been the hallmark of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 20 since its inception in 1800 by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason of the State of New York. Lodge members comprised of adult men of good character from diverse countries, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion. The lodge's body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, his faith, his country, and his fraternity.
FOUNDED IN 1800
Mount Moriah Lodge originated in two early 19th century Lodges:
The first was Abrams Lodge founded in 1800 as a form of “memorial Lodge” to John Abrams, a popular Grand Secretary who had unexpectedly died in 1799. The Lodge maintained this name until 1839 when it adopted the name Pioneer Lodge. The second was Mount Moriah Lodge founded in 1806 -- in which one of its Past Masters effectively founded the generous Brotherhood Fund with a coin from his own pocket.
The Lodges merged in 1973 to form Pioneer - Mount Moriah Lodge, and in recent years readopted the non-hyphenated name it bears today. Mount Moriah is in the process of a thorough revitalization that has progressed over the last half-decade into an active membership committed to the practice of Masonry in Ritual, programming and life.
OLDEST FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD
Freemasonry evolved from the guilds of stonemasons and cathedral builders of the Middle Ages. It eventually developed to the modern symbolic or speculative Freemasonry, which particularly in the 17th and 18th centuries adopted the rites and trappings of ancient religious orders and of chivalric brotherhoods.
BUILDING A BRILLIANT FUTURE, ROOTED IN A PROUD PAST
Mount Moriah Lodge No. 20 is part of the First Manhattan District in The Grand Lodge of New York Free and Accepted Masons. The Grand Lodge was organized on December 15, 1782 under a Provincial Grand Warrant dated September 5, 1781 from the “Athol” or Antients Grand Lodge of England. Our Grand Lodge declared its independence on June 6, 1787 and assumed the title “Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.”
Over the history of the Grand Lodge of New York, members have contributed to the welfare of both Masons and people of the State of New York & the United States of America through their service as Governors, Senators, Representatives, Judges, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and everyday people through their many philanthropic endeavors.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK
Mount Moriah's Foundation strengthens families in need through a targeted approach while accepting applications from those in need. With our fund-raising efforts, low-income families in New York City develop the literacy and language skills they need to succeed in today’s world. Our focus is on assisting with Educational needs but also providing financial support for the necessities of life.
MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY
Mount Moriah's membership requirements are very clear: The candidate must be a man 18 years of age or older — regardless of race, color, or religion. He must be of good character and reputation and will have to provide evidence of living a positive life through references from at least one Mason and three other people.
He must believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. This belief is not prescribed — rather, we encourage him to be steadfast in the faith of his choice.