What is 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. For this reason candidates must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith and are required, prior to any formal consideration of their candidature, to sign a declaration to this effect.
Candidates for the Rose Croix must:
- have been initiated in a Lodge or Lodges under the United Grand Lodge of England unless otherwise authorised in the Rules of the Supreme Council
- have been a Master Mason for at least one full year, be in good standing with the Craft and profess the Trinitarian Christian faith.
The ceremony of the 18th degree, the only ceremony worked in full by the Chapter, seeks the Perfection of Christian virtues in Faith, Hope and Charity. It 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 18th degree is both simple and spectacular and comprises a rose pink edged collar with gold braid embroidered with various symbols in gold braid. A jewel is appended to the collar. The District of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire comprises thirteen Chapters Rose Croix located within the Craft Province boundaries. Chapters meet three times a year between September and May and evenings are completed with the traditional festive board. Meetings are very friendly and relaxed with members sharing a commitment to Christian fellowship and an understanding of this very beautiful Masonic Order.
By far the most usual way of being introduced to the Order is by invitation from an existing member but, especially if you have not knowingly met a member of the Order, you can express your interest by contacting the District Recorder who will be delighted to introduce you to a Chapter.
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's, London SW1Y 6BS.
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