Masonic Orders beyond the Craft

The Holy Royal Arch

RAYou are permitted to seek admission into the Royal Arch after one month as a Craft Master Mason.

The origins of the Holy Royal Arch can be traced to the first half of the 18th century. Operative Masonry had only recognised the two distinctions of the Entered Apprentice and the Fellow Craftsman. Shortly after the formation of the Premier Grand Lodge in London in 1717 several eminent Members of the Royal Society (the Nobel prize winners of their day) reworked the the 'traditional history' of the operative Masons into the series of speculative morlaity plays that we know today as the three Degrees.

It was soon realised that there was a component missing; hinted at in the Third degree closing and especially at the end of the Master Mason's ritual. It order to fill this void an additional morality play was required. We know this story today as the Holy Royal Arch.

For more information on Holy Royal Arch, please contact your Lodge, Royal Arch representative or the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra: David McMullin or the Provincial Communication Officer, Brian Amos.

Mark Master Mason

MarkAs a Craft Mason you will have some knowledge of the building of King Solomon's Temple. In this degree you will learn how it was built including the problems associated with its construction and the attention given to ensuring the quality of its construction was second to none. The Mark Degree is open to all Master Masons. The Order is generally perceived to be more informal than the Craft and there is no doubt that among Mark Master Masons you will ever find friends. The ceremony of admission is called “advancement” and chronologically the degree follows that of Fellow Craft.  The Mark Degree assists old and young brethren alike to gain experience in Freemasonry, and thus make their mark, without first having been installed in the Craft Chair

For more information on the Degree of Mark Master Mason, please visit their website  http://www.mmmwilts.org.uk/ or contact the Provincial Grand Secretary: Bob Blake

Royal Ark Mariner

RAMOnly Mark Master Masons are eligible to become Royal Ark Mariners. The Degree teaches the importance of family strength and the need for all members of society to play their part for the benefit of all. The Degree of Royal Ark Mariner (RAM), although worked under the aegis of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, has no real historical connection with the Mark Degree. In essence, the Royal Ark Mariner Degree stands alone and, is entirely unrelated to any other Masonic degree. It is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and beautiful degrees that we find in Freemasonry. There is only one ceremony of “elevation”, and this is relatively short, of some 45 minutes.

For more information on the Degree of Royal Ark Mariner, please visit their website  http://www.mmmwilts.org.uk/ or contact the Provincial Grand Secretary: Bob Blake

The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta in England and Wales and Provinces Overseas (Knight Templar)

KTThe Order was first worked in England in 1777, having probably originated in France. There are two Degrees: Knights Templar and Knights of Malta, these being joined by a ‘passing’ Degree of Knight of St. Paul. A candidate for the first Degree is in the position of a pilgrim travelling symbolically through hardship and dangers until he is received as a Knight. It teaches humility and urges the candidate to live his life as a Christian Knight. The second Degree deals with the period when the Knights travelled from Palestine to reach their final home in Malta, emphasising their Christian virtues.

For more information on the Order of Knight Templar, please contact the Vice-Chancellor: Terry Jessop or click on the link http://www.ktdorsetwilts.org.uk/

The Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix)

The Ancient and Accepted Rite originated in France in 1754 and worked in the USA where a Supreme Council was formed in 1801. The Supreme Council for England and Wales was established in 1845 under a patent from the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America. The Rite consists of its own 33 Degrees entirely separate and distinct from any other Order. The three Craft Degrees are accepted as equivalent to the first 3 Degrees of this Rite. Candidates for Perfection are taken from the 4º to 17º Degrees by name only, prior to being made Excellent and Perfect Princes Rose Croix in a detailed and beautiful 18º Degree ceremony. This is the only degree permitted to be worked in a private Rose Croix Chapter. Degrees above the 18º are awarded on merit after a brother has passed the Chair of his Chapter.

For more information on the Order of The Ancient and Accepted Rite, please contact the District Recorder: Larry Baldry or click on the link http://www.sc33.org.uk/

Order Of The Secret Monitor

OSMThe Order, which is based on the remarkable friendship between David and Jonathan, possibly originated in Scotland, was taken to New York and then came to England in late 18th century. For a time the Order came under the aegis of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees, but in 1931 some fresh understandings were reached and the Grand Council of the Order of the Secret Monitor was officially recognised. The Order is administered from Mark Masons’ Hall.

For more information on the Order Of The Secret Monitor, please contact the Provincial Grand Recorder: Laurie Brrokes

Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord

OSCThe Order, forms part of the progression from the Order Of The Secret Monitor and candidates must be Master Masons and have made an advancement in OSM.

For more information on the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord, please contact the Recorder: Mike Penrose

Societas Roscruciana in Anglia

The Society is organised in nine grades, each having its appropriate ritual. In addition to working the ceremonies, members are encouraged to read original papers or extracts from works of others and to join in the discussions which arise. Its members should be prepared, not only to take part in its ceremonies, but to listen and learn and, by study and giving to others the results of that study, to take an active part in working out the great problems of life and understanding the wisdom, art and literature of the Ancient World.

Thus the object of the society is to bring together Freemasons of philosophic outlook in order that they may afford aid and encouragement to each other in the pursuit of their own studies in the field of philosophy and scholarship in the widest sense. Ultimately, its object is to bring its members a few steps nearer to wisdom and an understanding of the true nature of reality.

Admission to the society is limited to Master Masons who are subscribing members of a Lodge under the Grand Lodge of England or a jurisdiction in amity with Grand Lodge and who accept and believe in the fundamental principles of the Trinitarian Christian faith."