Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia
What is the S.R.I.A.? These are the initials of Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, not another Order in Freemasonry but a Society of Freemasons
The object of the Society is to bring together Freemasons of a 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. The ultimate aim of the Society is to afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of Life, and in discovering the Secrets of Nature; to facilitate the study of the system of Philosophy and to investigate the meaning of symbolism of all that now remains of the wisdom, art and literature of the ancient world.
The Supreme Magus and his High Council govern the Society. The Supreme Magus has the power to form into a Province, any area he may specify and appoint a Chief Adept of that Province. Within a Province are Colleges established by Warrant and presided over by a duly elected Celebrant.
The Society is organised into Nine Grades, each having its appropriate ritual, and these are arranged into Three Orders:-
First Order –Grades I -IV conferred by the Supreme Magus of the Society or the Celebrant of a College in open Temple.
Second Order -Grades V -VII conferred by the Supreme Magus or his duly appointed delegate or by the Chief Adept or his duly appointed delegate in a Vault of Adepts.
Third Order –Grades 8 -9 conferred by the Supreme Magus or his duly Commissioned delegate.
In addition to working the ceremonies, members are encouraged to read original papers or extracts from the works of others and to join in the discussions which arise.
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. A Candidate is required to be proposed and seconded by members of the Society and is elected by ballot. The regalia consists of a Breast Jewel.
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