25 Aug 2014


The York Rite in the United States is a grouping of separate Rites joined in order, namely the Capitular Rite, or Royal Arch Masons, the Cryptic Rite, or Cryptic Masons and the Chivalric Orders, or Knights Templar.

Royal Arch Masons

Cryptic Masons

Knights Templar


The Masonic Degrees in Chronological Order

The York Rite of Freemasonry, which many take to include the three degrees of the Blue or Craft Lodge, involves a good deal of its symbolism with the Hiramic Legend and King Solomon's Temple. The degrees are not conferred in the order in which the historical events they depict occurred. The following is a list of the degrees in chronological order - which may help to put them into perspective and demonstrate the necessity of receiving all of them in order to obtain a complete picture.
Degree Body Subject
Fellowcraft Lodge Philosophy of a Fellowcraft.
Mark Master Chapter On being a Fellowcraft, work on the Temple.
Select Master Council The three Grand Masters make a desposit.
Royal Master Council The day prior to the death of Hiram Abif.
Master Mason Lodge The death of Hiram Abif.
Most Excellent Master Chapter The completion and dedication of the Temple.
Super Excellent Master Council The destruction of the Temple / The fall of Judah.
Royal Arch Mason Chapter The return of the Jews to Jerusalem. Preparation of the building of the second Temple.
Order the Red Cross
Knight Masons
Assistance in continuing work on the second Temple
(Zerubbabel's Temple)
Entered Apprentice
Past Master
These degrees are not related to either the Temple or Hiramic Legend. The Entered Apprentice Degree is introductory only; the Past Master Degree is a relic from times past.


Tennessee Commandery Sells Lapel Pins to Benefit the Knights Templar Eye Foundation

Manchester Commandery No. 40, Manchester, TN, is pleased to announce its continuing fundraiser for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

Knights Templar Lapel Pins. Entire sale price to be donated to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

Manchester Commandery No. 40
c/o Garry L. Carter, Recorder
530 Winchester Hwy.
Hillsboro, TN  37342

Thanks again for your continued support!  Garry Carter

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