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divWhy do Grand Lodge officers wear the color purple? The color purple is most commonly associated with royalty, but this is not the case with Freemasonry as the color purple has a much more significant meaning in regard to the Craft. Purple is an emblem of union, being produced by the combination of blue and scarlet. The color is worn by Grand Lodge officers as a constant reminder that they have been entrusted to cultivate amongst the brethren, such a spirit of union as may cement them into one complete and harmonious society. (Source: Masonry Defined, by E.R. Johnson, Kissinger Publishing)

divWhat is the origin of the expression "Blue Lodges?" There are several theories, of which two have the most adherents. Some believe that operative Masons felt that blue, the color of the sky both by day and by night, was associated in their minds with purity of Deity, which Masons attempted to emulate. Others refer to the change made by speculative Masons, shortly after the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England, substituted blue for white as the official Masonic color presumably because it was the color of the Order of the Garter of which a number of Masonic leaders were members. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

divWhy are we called "Freemasons?" The name definitely dates back to the days when Masonry was almost wholly operative in character. Numerous explanations have been suggested, such as: Masons worked in free stone (which could be carved easily), and hence were called "free-stone masons," later shortened to "freemasons;" they were free men, not serfs; they were free to move from place to place as they might desire; they were given the freedom of the towns and localities in which they might work; and they were free of the rules and regulations that were usually imposed upon members of guilds. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

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