Icelandic Order of Freemasons

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The Grand Lodge of Iceland
The Icelandic Order of Freemasons
Coat of Arms of the Icelandic Order of Freemasons.png
Coat of arms of the Grand Lodge of Iceland / the Icelandic Order of Freemasons
Motto
  • SUB SPECIE ÆTERNITATIS
  • Under the Aspect of Eternity
FormationJuly 23, 1951[1]
Location
  • Headquarters:
    Masonic Temple

    Skúlagata 55

    105, Reykjavik

    Iceland
CoordinatesHeadquarters:
64°8′40.18″N 21°54′45.96″W / 64.1444944°N 21.9127667°W / 64.1444944; -21.9127667
Region
Iceland
Website[1] www.frmr.is/]

The Icelandic Order of Freemasons (Icelandic: Frímúrarareglan á Íslandi) (abbr.: FaI), in English also known as the Grand Lodge of Iceland, is the governing body of regular Freemasonry in Iceland.

The history of Freemasonry in Iceland began when a "society of brothers“, Edda, was established in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik in 1913. Edda became a lodge of instruction in 1918. The following year, on January 6, 1919, it became a fully warranted lodge.[2]. Since 1919, there have been a total of twelve warranted lodges and six lodges of instruction established in Iceland. Membership in the Order was at 3,379 as of March 15, 2011[3]

Icelandic Freemasonry was under the jurisdiction of the Danish Order of Freemasons (Danish: Den Danske Frimurerorden) until 1951 when the Grandlodge of Denmark constituted the Grand Lodge of Iceland as a sovereign Order.[4][5]

Icelandic Freemasonry operates according to the Swedish Rite which is the dominant system in Scandinavia. Unlike other forms of Freemasonry, the Swedish Rite consists of eleven degrees, all of which are recognized by regular Freemasonry. As part of the Swedish Rite, the Icelandic Order of Freemasons requires its members to profess a belief in Christianity. The Order additionally requires its members to be over the age of twenty-one, to have a clean criminal record, and to have received the sponsorship of at least two members of the Order.

There are 17 lodges in Iceland.[6][7]

Notable Members[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/masonry/Reports/icel.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=2&new_day=27&new_year=2015
  3. ^ https://frimurarareglan.is/english/
  4. ^ https://methvenlodge51.org/methven/international-visiting/iceland-grand-lodge/
  5. ^ "Page About Masonry, News & Notes: Iceland". web.mit.edu. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Iceland - The Methven Lodge No. 51". The Methven Lodge No. 51. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Grand Lodge of Iceland at masonic lodge info - 117". www.masonic-lodge.info. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Baldvinsdottir, Herdis (2017). Networks of Financial Power in Iceland: The Labour Movement Paradox. Iceland: Independently Published. pp. 62, 64–67. ISBN 9781549768071.
  9. ^ Denslow, William R. (1957). 10,000 Famous Freemasons. Columbia, Missouri, USA: Missouri Lodge of Research. (digital document by phoenixmasonry: vol. 1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. ^ Fanthorpe, R. Lionel; Fanthorpe, Patricia (May 13, 2006). Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons: The Story Behind the Masonic Order. Canada: Dundurn Press. p. 278. ISBN 9781550026221.