The ‘Rose Croix’ Degree is the 18th degree of a Christian Order of Masonry, originating in France, and known as the Antient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry.
Practiced extensively throughout the World, the Order in England and Wales and certain Districts and Chapters Overseas is governed by the Supreme Council 33?. This Council was formed in 1845 and have their headquarters at 10 Duke Street, St. James’ London.
The complete Order comprises thirty-three and the last Masonic degrees, of which only the 18th degree is worked in full in the Chapter. The first three degrees of Craft Masonry are accepted as equivalent to the first three degrees of this Order and the Supreme Council confers the last four. The remaining degrees are conferred by name.
The ceremony of the 18th degree, seeks the Perfection of Christian virtues in Faith, Hope and Charity. It is an immensely thought provoking, impressive and beautiful ceremony which instils a warmth of Brotherly love, on which the whole Masonic movement is founded.
The Order amplifies the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian context, for which reason candidates must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith.
Candidates for the ‘Rose Croix’ must:
(a) have been initiated in a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England .
(b) have been a Master Mason for at least one full year and be in good standing within the Craft.
Regalia for the 18th degree is both simple and spectacular and comprises a red collar embroidered in gold braid with symbols and emblems of the Degree of Perfection.
Being a progressive Order, it is the aspiration (but not a requirement) of most members to attain the Chair of Sovereign. His work, in the only degree worked in our Chapters, is not extensive, as the majority of the ritual is undertaken by Past Sovereigns. He is, however, expected to carry out the short ceremony of Enthroning his successor. As very few Rose Croix Masons withdraw from progression, it normally takes about ten years to pass through the different Offices.
If you have been stimulated to desire an advancement in Masonic knowledge and friendship, the Order of the ‘Rose Croix’ will not only offer those rewards, but will extend your commitment to the principles of Freemasonry whilst giving the inner satisfaction of progress in the Christian virtues of Faith, of Hope and of Charity.
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