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Frequently Asked Questions


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  • What is Freemasonry?

  • What happens at a lodge meeting?

  • Why do Freemasons take oaths?

  • Are Freemasons expected to give preference to fellow members?

  • Who do the Masonic charities donate to?

  • Is Masonry a religion?

  • Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?

  • Does Freemasonry accept Roman Catholics?

  • Is Freemasonry a political pressure group?

  • Is Freemasonry an international order?

  • Why do you wear regalia?

  • How many Freemasons are there?

  • What are the Degrees of Freemasonry?

    The Honorable Order of American Masonry, heir to the ancient traditions whose wise principles, moral force and discipline it has maintained, has preserved the rules of the past used by the first Masonic Orders, also the signs, grips, sacred words and passwords of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish and York Rite, employed as a means of recognition by a large number of the Freemasons scattered throughout the world.


    All members of the Order form but one family of Brothers, and are part of an Institution which permits them to be recognized by Freemasons of whatsoever Rite and to recognize also all Freemasons throughout the world.


    The Masonic Degrees consist of the thirty-three degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in addition to the Royal Arch Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted York Rite. These are designated as follows:


    Craft Masonry "Symbolic Degrees"


    1 - Entered Apprentice

    2 - Fellowcraft

    3 - Master Mason


    Lodge of Perfection "Ineffable Degrees"


    4 - Secret Master

    5 - Perfect Master

    6 - Intimate Secretary

    7 - Provost & Judge

    8 - Intendant of the Building

    9 - Master Elect of Nine

    10 - Master Elect of Fifteen

    11 - Sublime Master Elect

    12 - Grand Master Architect

    13 - Royal Arch of Enoch

    14 - Grand Elect of the Sacred Vault of James IV or Sublime Mason


    Chapter Rose Croix "Historic Degrees"


    15 - Knight of the East

    16 - Prince of Jerusalem

    17 - Knight of the East & West

    18 - Knight of Rose Croix


    Council Kadosh "Philosophical and chivalric Degrees"


    19 - Grand Pontiff or Sublime Scottish Knight

    20 - Sovereign Prince or Master ad Vitam

    21 - Noachite or Prussian Knight

    22 - Prince of Lebanon or Royal Axe

    23 - Chief of the Tabernacle

    24 - Prince of the Tabernacle

    25 - Knight of the Brazen Serpent

    26 - Prince of Mercy

    27 - Sovereign Commander of the Temple

    28 - Knight of the Sun, Prince Adept

    29 - Knight of Saint Andrew

    30 - Knight Kadosh


    Consistory "Official and Ceremonial Degrees"


    31 - Grand Inspector Inquisitor

    32 - Sublime Master of the Royal Secret


    Court of Honor "Honorary Degrees"


    33 - Grand Inspector General


    York Masonry "Chapter Degrees"


    Mark Master Mason

    Ark Mariner

    Excellent Master

    Holy Royal Arch of Jerusalem


    Degrees are conferred on merit and ability. Specific requirements, such as time and examination, are necessary to progress, but ultimately one's commitment to their brethren in particular and in the Order in General will grant them access to higher degrees. For example, to attain the 32nd Degree, a Freemason must be a Master Mason for at least 14 years, have been elected Master of Lodge and served the Supreme Council with satisfaction.


    The Supreme Council may, at any time, authorize the establishment of other Masonic bodies not practiced.


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  • Are all lodges the same?




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