The Firey Summons


A member of a certain Lodge, who had previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening, and the Master found the brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace, sat him down and waited.

The Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing. In the grave silence, he watched the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it all alone to one side of the hearth. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

His host watched all of this in quiet but puzzled contemplation. As the lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. But the Master then glanced at his watch and said that it was time for him to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Very quickly, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning logs around it.

As the Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a wry smile, “Thank you so much, Worshipful Master, for your fiery summons. I’ll be back in the Lodge next month.”

For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.


How the Foundation helps Masonic families

 A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.


  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs


  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit:


How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit:


Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work


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