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George Washington Lodge No. 820
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

under the American Canadian Grand Lodge  United Grand Lodges of Germany

Zhd. Gashthaus Schleppi
Saarbrucker 80
66901 Schonenberg-Kubelberg

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MASONIC DEGREES STRUCTURE

BLUE LODGE

(Craft Lodge or Symbolic Lodge)

This is starting point for all men who wish to become Masons. The Blue Lodge confers the following degrees:

1.      Entered Apprentice

2.      Fellowcraft

3.      Master Mason

 

There are three branches of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason (Third Degree) may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic or Blue Lodge Masonry.  There are Masonic organizations where their degrees are in addition to and in no way "higher" than Blue Lodge degrees. Their work amplifies and elaborates on the lessons of the Craft.

 

The 3rd Degree, that of the Master Mason, is the highest degree the can be given in all of Freemasonry.

These bodies acknowledge also that interruption of a member's Symbolic Lodge standing automatically interrupts his membership in these bodies whether his rank or honors he may have.

 

ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITES

 

After the Blue Lodge, a Master Mason may receive further teachings through the Scottish Rite. The Scottish Rite can confer an additional 30 degrees to the Master Mason. They are divided as follows in the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States. The Southern Jurisdiction is organized differently and has a few different names for some of these degrees. 

 

 

Northern Jurisdiction

Southern Jurisdiction

Lodge of Perfection

4° - 14°

Degrees

  4° - Secret Master

  5° - Perfect Master

  6° - Intimate Secretary

  7° - Provost and Judge

  8° - Intendant of the Building

  9° - Master Elect of the Nine

10° - Master Elect of the Fifteen

11° - Sublime Master Elected

12° - Grand Master Architect

13° - Master of the Ninth Arch

14° - Grand Elect Mason

Lodge of Perfection

4° - 14°

Degrees

  4° - Secret Master

  5° - Perfect Master

  6° - Intimate Secretary

  7° - Provost and Judge

  8° - Intendant of the Building

  9° - Elu of the Nine

10° - Elu of the Fifteen

11° - Elu of the Twelve

12° - Master Architect

13° - Royal Arch of Solomon

14° - Perfect Elu

  Council, Princes of Jerusalem

15° - 16°

Degrees

15° - Knight of the East or Sword

16° - Prince of Jerusalem

  Chapter of Rose Croix

15° - 18°

Degrees

15° - Knight of the East of the Sword or of the Eagle

16° - Prince of Jerusalem

17° - Knight of the East and West

18° - Knight of the Rose Croix

Chapter of Rose Croix

17° - 18°

Degrees

17° - Knight of the East and West

18° - Knight of the Rose Croix of HR D.M.

Council of Kadosh

19° - 30°

Degrees

19° - Pontiff

20° - Master of the Symbolic Lodge

21° - Noachite, or Prussian Knight

22° - Knight of the Royal Ax, Prince of Libanus

23° - Chief of the Tabernacle

24° - Prince of the Tabernacle

25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent

26° - Prince of Mercy

27° - Knight Commander of the Temple

28° - Knight of the Sun, Adept

29° - Scottish Knight of St. Andrew

30° - Knight Kadosh or Knight of the Black and White Eagle

Consistory

19° - 32°

Degrees

19° - Grand Pontiff

20° - Master ad Vitam

21° - Patriarch Noachite

22° - Prince of Libanus

23° - Chief of the Tabernacle

24° - Prince of the Tabernacle

25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent

26° - Prince of Mercy

27° - Commander of the Temple

28° - Knight of the Sun

29° - Knight of St. Andrew

30° - Grand Elect Knight Kadosh

31° - Grand Inspector Inquisitor  Commander

32° - Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret

Consistory

31° - 32°

Degrees

31° - Inspector Inquisitor  Commander

32° - Master of the Royal Secret

Honorary Achievement

33°

Degrees

33° - Sovereign Grand Inspector General

Honorary Achievement

33°

Degrees

33° - Sovereign Grand Inspector General

 

An honorary 33rd° is conferred annually to certain 32nd° masons who have exemplified, in their daily lives, the true meaning of the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. The recipient must be at least 33 years of age and may not apply for the degree.

 

Although the Scottish Rite degrees are numbered, it is not to imply that masons who have achieved these degrees are of "higher" rank. The highest degree in Freemasonry is the sublime degree of Master Mason or 3° which is given in the Blue Lodge.

 

 

YORK RITE

 

The York Rite is another organization that can give provide additional Masonic teachings and confer additional degrees. The York Rite is  Christian in nature and is organized as follows:

 

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons

Degrees

Mark Master

Past Master (Some Areas)

Most Excellent master

Royal Arch

 

Council of Royal & Select Masters (Cryptic)

Degrees

Royal Master

Select Master

Super Excellent Master

 

Commandery of Knights Templar

Degrees

Order of the Red Cross

Order of the Knights of Malta

Order of the Knights Templar

 

 

ANCIENT ARABIC ORDER OF NOBLES OF THE MISTIC SHRINE

 

As of July 2000, any Master Mason can now petition to join The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or A.A.O.N.M.S. 

The Shrine grew out of Freemasonry over a century ago and is meant to provide additional fellowship to its members through its various clubs and other functions.

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