WHY YOU, A MASTER MASON
SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN
THE YORK RITE OF FREEMASONRY
York Rite Freemasonry – The Journey Continues
A YouTube Video produced by the Grand Commandery of Indiana
GREAT DESCRIPTION of the YORK RITE
As you’ve seen in the video, York Rite Masonry is a collaborative series of degrees bestowed across three independent bodies. These 10 degrees continue the Masonic education and search for more light.
The three bodies are a Royal Arch Chapter, Council of Royal & Select Master Masons and a Commandery of Knights Templar. Each body is organized and run similar to how a Blue Lodge operates. There is a presiding “Master” in the East with a line of officers in the West, South and in positions of Wardens, Tylers, etc. Meetings are held separately by each body and there are separate memberships, by-laws and dues.You join each body sequentially and the degrees are earned in order.
Maintaining membership in each body is required retain all subsequent degrees. That is to say, a Knight Templar must maintain membership in the Chapter and Council; the Royal and Select Master must maintain membership in Chapter and Council. If you demit or suspend from an earlier body, the later body membership is suspended too.
This, of course holds true if your blue lodge membership is not current. All Masonic appendent bodies i.e. Shrine, Grotto, Scottish Rite, etc. require keeping memberships in blue lodge current.
Getting Started -
- St Stephen’s Royal Arch Chapter 85 Central St Hingham MA
- Secretary Comp. Vincent L. Mood - Click on the blue “Secretary” and an email will open for you to send your request or ask questions.
If you are already a Royal Arch Mason and would like to petition for the Council of Royal and Select Master Mason degrees and membership, email – Secretary of Temple Council.
If you are already both a Royal Arch Mason and a Royal and Select Master Mason, you may petition for the Order of the Red Cross, Order of Malta and the Order of the Temple and become a Knight and member of South Shore Commandery #15.
Contact- Recorder for South Shore Commandery #15 and he send you a petition.
You may request all three or 2 or 1 as needed. They will be processed and balloted at each required body but can all be approved in the same time frame. You will be contacted and assigned a mentor and meeting date to begin your journey if approved.
Please print and fill out the petition forms and mail to us:
St Stephen’s Royal Arch Chapter 85 Central St Hingham MA 02043
We look forward to sponsoring you and guiding you through this quest.
Questions can be directed to us via the email listed above.