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Grand Lodges

Grand Lodges and Grand Orients are autonomous and sovereign bodies that administer Masonry in a given nation, state, or geological territory (named a purview). There is no single overall administering body that manages overall Freemasonry; associations between various purviews depend exclusively on shared acknowledgment

Freemasonry, as it exists in different structures everywhere throughout the world, has an enrollment assessed by the United Grand Lodge of England at around 6 million around the world. The crew is authoritatively composed into autonomous Grand Lodges (or at times Grand Orients), every one of which administers its own Masonic purview, which comprises of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. The biggest single locale, as far as enrollment, is the United Grand Lodge of England (with a participation assessed at around a quarter million). The Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland (taken together) have roughly 150,000 members.In the United States, all out enrollment is just shy of 2 million.

Acknowledgment, harmony and normality

Relations between Grand Lodges are dictated by the idea of Recognition. Every Grand Lodge keeps up a rundown of other Grand Lodges that it perceives. At the point when two Grand Lodges perceive and are in Masonic correspondence with one another, they are said to be in harmony, and the brethren of each may visit each other's Lodges and associate Masonically. At the point when two Grand Lodges are not in friendship, between appearance isn't permitted. There are numerous reasons one Grand Lodge will retain or pull back acknowledgment from another, yet the two most normal are Exclusive Jurisdiction and Regularity.

Elite Jurisdiction

Elite Jurisdiction is an idea whereby just a single Grand Lodge will be perceived in any land territory. On the off chance that two Grand Lodges guarantee ward over a similar territory, the other Grand Lodges should pick among them, and they may not all choose to perceive a similar one. (In 1849, for instance, the Grand Lodge of New York split into two opponent groups, each professing to be the real Grand Lodge. Other Grand Lodges needed to pick between them until the faction was healed.Exclusive Jurisdiction can be deferred when the two covering Grand Lodges are themselves in Amity and consent to share locale (for instance, since the Grand Lodge of Connecticut is in Amity with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut, the rule of Exclusive Jurisdiction does not have any significant bearing, and other Grand Lodges may perceive both).