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Masonic Orders In Worcestershire:

Order of St Thomas of Acon

The Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon is an independent British Christian masonic organisation. Membership is restricted to those who are subscribing members of a Preceptory (Commandery) in amity with the Great Priory of the United Religious, Military and Masonic Order of the Temple of England and Wales and Provinces Overseas (commonly referred to as the Knights Templar). Membership is by invitation only. The basic organisation of the Order is a Chapel.

The Order of St. Thomas of Acon was established in 1974 as a result of twenty years' research in the Guildhall Library in London by John E. N. Walker, who for many years was the Secretary General of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. The ancient records of the Order, written in medieval French and Latin, had been deposited in the Guildhall Library and escaped the Great Fire of 1666. The Order now operates under the official title of The Commemorative Order of St Thomas of Acon.

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The Operatives

The Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers

A Masonic Society which exists to perpetuate a memorial of the practices of operative Free Masons existing prior to modern speculative Freemasonry. Membership of the Society is restricted to those who are Master Masons, Mark Master Masons and Holy Royal Arch Companions in good standing. It is governed by three Grand Master Masons.

Eligibility

The Society is open only to Freemasons who are in good standing with or are members of a Craft Lodge, a Royal Arch Chapter and a Mark Master Masons' Lodge.

The regalia is minimal and consists of a blue cord or blue collarette from which is suspended the badge of the member's grade. Badges are simply exchanged as progression is made. All members wear the distinctive Society tie.

"The Society has ordinarily generated considerable loyalty and affection among its members and, in addition to the merits of its ceremonies and practices, one reason is that the Society fills a notable gap in the masonic structure. Speculative masons are happy...

Allied Masonic Degrees

A Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees was established in the late 1870’s, with headquarters at Mark Masons Hall. Following an understanding reached in 1931, the Grand Council has been responsible for five Masonic Degrees, namely:

St. Lawrence the Martyr - This teaches a lesson of fortitude arising from the sufferings of St. Lawrence and is the first degree to be taken by all candidates. The remaining four may be taken in any sequence.

Knights of Constantinople - Refers to the legendary Constantine and preaches the virtues of humility and equality.

Red Cross of Babylon - Associated with the Royal Arch, it deals with Zerubbabel under the reigns of Cyrus and Darius.

Grand Tilers of Solomon - Warns of the great danger of carelessness and of hasty judgment and teaches the importance of careful tiling.

Grand High Priest - Deals with the Blessing of Abraham and the consecration of Aaron.

Candidates for the Order must be both Mark Master Masons and Royal Arch Companions. When he has passed through all five degrees, the candidate qualifies for the pentagonal Breast Jewel of the Order....

The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA)

The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (Society of Rosicrucians in England or SRIA) is an independent Christian society. Admission 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.

The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia does not, however, constitute another interesting degree in Freemasonry, to be acquired in the course of ordinary Masonic progress. It is something beyond and outside Freemasonry. More and more Freemasons are looking to the Christian degrees for answers to the questions confronted during their daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.

The membership of the S.R.I.A. is made up from brethren who have all trod the same path within the structure of Masonry. The Society is the ideal forum for Masons who wish to extend their contemplation of the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science.

The S.R.I.A. can provide the thoughtful Mason with direction, structure and resources for his enlightenment and advancement in working out the great problems of Life, in comprehending and appreciating his relations to his fellow man and...

The Order of the Secret Monitor

Principally The Order of the Secret Monitor is about the themes of friendship and caring. Its ceremonies are based on the Old Testament story of the lifelong friendship between David and Jonathan.

In this Order the assemblies are termed as Conclaves, each with a Supreme Ruler at its head.

The four Visiting Deacons are offices within the Conclave with a special function peculiar to the Order. It is laid down that they should afford assistance and support to a Brother in times of need and or distress.

Membership is open to all Master Masons, raised to that degree in a regular Lodge and a member in good standing in a regular Lodge.

Degrees:
  • 1st Degree. Secret Monitor. "Induction" - The legend related during the Induction Ceremony is the story of the remarkable friendship which existed between David and Jonathan. During the Ceremony the candidate is instructed in a certain course of action he should adopt when a brother is about to do anything which may prove injurious or detrimental to particularly himself, it also teaches a
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Knights Templar

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 its Provinces Overseas. As the title suggests it is a Christian Order and there are two distinct Orders within it. The Order of The Temple, the Knights Templar, and the Order of the Knights of Malta. There is, however no claim, or indeed evidence, to any historical link between the Masonic Orders and the mediaeval military orders. Each Order has its own distinct ceremonies, and regalia.


The earliest records of Masonic Knight Templar activity appear in 1777 when the minutes of some Royal Arch Chapters show that the rituals were being worked as appendant degrees in that Order. It is known that in 1791 a Grand Conclave was formed when, the well known Mason, Thomas Dunkerley was installed as Grand Master. The Grand Conclave then consisted of 7 Encampments. From 1845 onwards the Order grew steadily and there are currently in excess of 650 Preceptories on the role of The Great Priory of England.

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Red Cross of Constantine

The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine is one of seven Masonic orders governed from Mark Mason Hall, situated at 86 St James’s Street London. The Red Cross additionally incorporates, as appendant orders, the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of Saint Johnthe Evangelist. The orders consist of five ceremonies, three involving the admission of the candidate and two dealing with the “chair degrees”. The whole has been described as the third pillar of Christian Freemasonry.

The earliest record of the Red Cross of Constantine was in the late 1700s, in Scotland, when the three admission ceremonies formed part of a 46 degree Rite. Rituals relating to the Red Cross were also being sold in London at the beginning of the 19th century but there was no regular Masonic authority controlling the degrees until 1865 when a Grand Imperial Conclave was established, due in no small measure to the work of Robert Wentworth Little, who held an important position at Grand Lodge.

Since then a dozen or more Grand Conclaves have been formed around the world. All recognise the Grand Imperial Conclave as the...

Royal Order of Scotland

The Royal Order of Scotland comprises of two degrees, the degree of Heredom of Kilwinning and the Rosy Cross Degree. The word Heredom has been variously interpreted, but the most obvious derivation is from the Hebrew word Harodim, meaning “The Rulers”, and the name Kilwinning refers to the re-establishment of the order by King Robert the Bruce at Kilwinning, where he presided as its first Grand Master. The degree of Heredom of Kilwinning is particularly interesting and enlightening to students of Craft Masonry, as its lectures deal exhaustively with the symbolism and teachings of the first three degrees of Saint John’s Masonry.

Tradition informs us that the Rosy Cross degree which incorporates the conferral of Knighthood, originated on the fields of Bannockburn on Summer Saint John’s Day in the year 1314, and was instituted by Robert the Bruce who, having received signal assistance from a body of Freemasons in the battle for Scottish independence conferred on them the Masonic Rank of Knighthood as a reward for their faithful services. Each received a characteristic considered descriptive of his performance at Bannockburn.

The degrees of the Order and the rank of Knighthood can...

Royal and Select Masters

This Order of Freemasonry, was founded in England in 1873 being an import from America. The qualification to join is to be a Craft Freemason and a member of the Royal Arch and Mark degrees.

The Cryptic Degrees are four in number and are ruled by a Grand Council of their own which, however, in reality is in close alliance with Mark Grand Lodge, whose Hall is their Head Quarters.

They are "The Most Excellent Master," "The Royal Master," "The Select Master," and "The Super-Excellent Master," and their legends bridge the gap, historically, between the first Temple and its destruction.

The "Most Excellent Master" must not be confounded with the "Excellent Master" which is worked in Scotland and is really the "Passing of the Veils" in the Royal Arch, although it is kept separate and given first. Its Legend, therefore, is associated with the Second Temple, while the "Most Excellent Master" on the contrary deals with the completion and dedication of the first temple.

The apron, which is seldom worn, is white edged with purple, and there is a purple collar. The colour refers to the...

Rose Croix

The 'Rose Croix' Degree is the 18th degree of a Christian Order of Masonry, originating in France, and known as the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry. Established in 1801, the Order comprises thirty three degrees which amplify the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian context. Candidates must have been a Master Mason for at least one full year and be in good standing with the Craft, and profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith

Throughout England and Wales and certain Districts and Chapters Overseas the Order is governed by the Supreme Council 33° whose headquarters are known as Grand East and are located at No. 10, Duke Street, St. James' London.

The ceremony of the 18th degree, the only ceremony worked in full by the Chapter, is an immensely thought provoking, impressive and beautiful ceremony which instils a warmth of Brotherly love on which the whole Masonic movement is founded.

Regalia for the l8th degree is both simple and spectacular and comprises a reversible rose pink collar with gold braid embroidered with various symbols...

Holy Royal Arch

It is generally recognised that the Royal Arch was practised as part of the Third Degree for many years, and it was regarded by the Antients as a fourth degree, which they conferred in their own Lodges. The Moderns held a different view, as the degree was performed unofficially, without the sanction of the Premier Grand Lodge, which led to the formation of separate Royal Arch Chapters. In 1766, the Charter of Compact was signed, and with that, the Grand and Royal Chapter of the Royal Arch of Jerusalem was formed. This was the direct parent to the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of today.

The Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch was declared to be a part of pure Antient Masonry by the solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges in 1813. It is organised however as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees to which it belongs and the teaching that it completes.

Membership is open to Freemasons of all faiths, who have been Master Masons for at least four weeks. They must be proposed, seconded...

Mark and RAM

Mark Master Mason

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire was constituted in 1884.

There are 21 Mark Lodges meeting in the Province of Worcestershire, whose Provincial Grand Master is RW Bro Francis Charles Spencer, who was installed as such on 4 June 2005.

Every Candidate for Mark Masonry (often known as the friendly Degree) must be a Master Mason of a Regular Craft Lodge in a recognised Constitution. It is usual for candidates for the Office of Master to be Installed Masters in the Craft, although permission may be granted by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to dispense with this requirement.

Royal Ark Mariner

Lodges of Royal Ark Mariners assume the number (but not necessarily the name) of the Mark Master Mason Lodge to which they are 'moored' (attached). The Degree is governed by the same administration for Mark Master Masons in each Province.

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Craft Freemasonry

"Craft" Masonry as practiced in England, can be defined as the Three Degrees of Freemasonry; are those of:

Entered Apprentice – the degree of an Initiate, which makes one a Freemason;

Fellow Craft – an intermediate degree, involved with learning; and

Master Mason – the "third degree", a necessity for participation in most aspects of Masonry.

The degrees represent stages of personal development. No Freemason is told that there is only one meaning to the allegories; as a Freemason works through the degrees and studies their lessons, he interprets them for himself, his personal interpretation being bounded by the Book of Constitutions.  A common symbolic structure and universal archetypes provide a means for each Freemason to come to his own answers to life's important philosophical questions.

There is no degree of Craft Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason. Although some Masonic bodies and orders have further degrees named with higher numbers, these degrees may be considered to be supplements to the Master Mason degree rather than promotions from it. An example is the Ancient and Accepted Rite, conferring degrees numbered from 4° up to 33°.

It is essential to be a Master Mason in order to qualify for these further degrees.


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