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Masonic Titles

Meaning

The blue lodge doesn't hard a particularly wide variety of masonic titles and the few it does have are rather simply old english for what would ordinarily be every day terminology. Even in the blue lodge though, where it is customary to refer to past masters are "Worshipful" to signify respect. Many Americans find this strange, associate it with religious connotations and immediately jump to conclusions without even realizing that it is a common British term having nothing to do with religion. In British English it is a title gien to justices of the peace and to the officers of various very old corporations. It's more archaic meaning refers simply to someone entitled to honor or respect.

In other organizations such as the Shriners, York Rite and Scottish Rite, there are hundreds of titles often much more elaborate. Many of these titles do not have any real world equivalency and exist for the benefit of that particular organization and it's structure.

When to use them

This part is simple, masonic titles are for use in the lodge (Or shrine, etc) and their respective events. In some cases private social functions closed to the general public. No where else.

Why Restrict Use

Masonic titles are reserved for use in certain places at certain times as a matter of practicality. If you happen to work with a past master of a lodge then you certainly would not refer to him as "Worshipful" as you pass him walking to the xerox machine. The reasons why you would NOT use such titles among the profane are too many to list but here are a few of the more common reasons. It may appear strange, it may make you look strange, and it may make the person you are addressing seem strange. Not everyone wants other people to know that they are a Freemason.
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