History of the Grand Lodge of Spain

At the end of the civil war (1936-1939), as a consequence of the repression decreed against Freemasonry and Freemasons by the winning side of the war that bloodied Spain for three years, the Grande Oriente Español – the historical and traditional Obedience of the Spanish Freemasonry, whose origins go back to 1780, with the founding of the National Grand Orient of Spain – it was forced to go into exile, finding Masonic asylum especially in Mexico and France, countries that fraternally welcomed Spanish Masons in disgrace. For nearly four decades, Freemasonry is eradicated from Spanish territory and freemasons who could not flee were imprisoned.

In the middle of the seventies of the last century, even during the period of the Franco regime, some Lodges were established in Spanish territory, although not subject to any Masonic Obedience legitimately established and recognized. For example, in 1974, a small number of Spanish freemasons, quietly returned from exile, grouped themselves into a Lodge, called Perseverança, which years later would be one of the nuclei from which the Grand Lodge of Spain would be born.

In 1975, some Spaniards residing in Gerona were initiated into a lodge in the city of Toulouse, France, one of the main centers of reception of exiled Spanish Masons.

Died the dictator, from 1976 the French National Grand Lodge authorized the admission of Spanish candidates in the Respectable Symbolic Lodge “La Constance Catalana number 186”, in the East of Perpignan (France).

On May 14, 1977, the French National Grand Lodge consecrated, in Barcelona, ​​the first Spanish lodge, regular and recognized, since before the civil war. The Lodge adopted the distinctive title of Respectable Symbolic Lodge of San Juan de Catalunya number 208, working on the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Occitania.

In October 1979, the Respectable Symbolic Lodge Perseverança was regularized and consecrated, obtaining the possibility of fulfilling the Masonic requirement (according to the internal rules of the French National Grand Lodge) of the existence of three Lodges in order to aspire to the creation of a District Lodge.

On October 15, 1978, with the presence of the Grand Master of the French National Grand Lodge, Very Respectable Brother Auguste Louis Derosiere, was consecrated, in Gerona, the second Spanish Lodge of slope of the French National Grand Lodge, this with the distinctive title of Sant Jordi and number 227, also under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Occitania.

In 1980 the Concordant Symbolic Lodge was created and consecrated in Madrid, with the number 257 and also dependent on the Provincial Grand Lodge of Occitania. On June 16, 1980, the French National Grand Lodge created the Grand Lodge of the District of Spain, which at that time had four Lodges and seventy Brothers. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Occitania transferred its four Spanish Lodges to the Grand Lodge of the District of Spain.

On October 18, 1980, following the ruling of the Supreme Court number 47.103 of July 3, 1979, at the request of the Spanish Grand Orient, the government is obliged to register it as a legal Association in the Ministry of the Interior Registries, legalizing as such sentence Masonry in Spain, the Grand Lodge of Spain got its registration in the National Registry of Associations of the Ministry of the Interior.

The Great Priory of the Galias, of the Rectified Scottish Rite, by way of its Prefect in Languedoc, went on February 12, 1981 to the Grand Lodge of the District of Spain, requesting that it would be well to establish the Rectified Scottish Rite in its territory and communicating its immediate intention to submit the Province of Aragon to the Grand Lodge of the District.

Around the same time, the ephemeral Grande Oriente Español Unido, formed from a group of Spanish masons separated shortly before the Spanish Grand Orient, establishes the bases for its integration into the Grand Lodge of the District of Spain, which is carried out with the Prior authorization from the Grand Master of the French National Grand Lodge.

On June 17, 1982, the Grand Master of the French National Grand Lodge was asked to create the Grand Lodge of Spain. The M.·.R.·.H.·. Jean Mons, through Decree number 656, of July 2, 1982, created the Grand Lodge of Spain, of which he was the first Grand Master, until his death in 1.996, to M.·.R.·.H.·. Luis Salat i Gusils. By Decree number 657, M.·.R..·.H.·. Jean Mons transferred the ten Spanish Lodges to the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Spain. The Grand Lodge of Spain was consecrated, in Madrid, by M.·.R.·.H.·. Jean Mons, on November 6, 1982, celebrating his first annual Grand Dinner on March 19, 1983.

From its consecration, the Grand Lodge of Spain was recognized by the Grand Lodges Regulares of the whole world, being it by the Great Lodge United of England the 16 of September of 1.987. At present, the Grand Lodge of Spain is recognized and maintains fraternal relations with 155 Grand Lodges, almost all of the Regular Grand Lodges, and is also a full member of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation.

On March 31, 2001, the Spanish Grand Orient and the Grand Lodge of Spain were united, forming a single Masonic Obedience. Thus, the history and traditions of Spanish Masonry were united in the Masonic regularity of the Grand Lodge of Spain. History of Spanish Masonry that is assumed, because it is theirs, by the Grand Lodge of Spain. As the only Regular Masonic Obedience in Spain, recognized and in fraternal relations with practically all of the Regular Grand Lodges of the World, it currently has 170 Lodges distributed throughout the national territory. The Headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Spain is set in Barcelona, ​​Gran Vía de les Cortes Catalanes number 617.

Territorially, the Grand Lodge of Spain is organized into Provincial Grand Lodges, from which administratively the Lodges that work (meet) in the territories of their respective demarcations.

The Grand Lodge of Spain in the territory of its jurisdiction, in addition to the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree and the Last of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for Spain, founded in 1811, maintains fraternal relations with the following Masonic Powers and Collateral Corps: Supreme Great Chapter of the Masons of the Royal Arch for Spain; Grand Priory of the United, Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple, of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta; Great Rectified Priory of Spain; Grand Lodge of Masters Freemasons of England, Wales and its Overseas Lodges and Districts; Grand Master Council of the Royal Ark of the Grand Lodge of Mark Mason Masters of England, Wales and its Overseas Lodges and Districts; Great Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan in the British Isles and its Overseas Territories; Great Council of the Allied Masonic Grades of England, Wales and their overseas territories; Great French Chapter; Grand Council of the Order of Royal and Select Masters of England, Wales and its Overseas Districts and Councils; The Honorable Society of Free Masons, Stonemasons, Stonemasons, Slaters, Tilers, Plasterers and Bricklayers – Operative.