So I’ve undertaken a Christian chivalric order: Knight Hospitaller or Knight of Malta.
Freemasonry is an organization open to men of all religions, countries, an political persuasions who share a belief in a Supreme Being and a sincere desire to assist those in need and strive to better themselves and their communities.
The Blue Lodge, which is the core of Freemasonry, confers the three degrees that all Masons must receive.
Those degrees are the only degrees one must receive to be a Mason. And membership in a Blue Lodge is all that’s required to be considered an active Mason.
Should a Mason choose to seek further light, he may join a number of other groups based on the principles and tenets of Freemasonry. These are called “Appendant Bodies.” Three of the most popular are the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Shrine.
I joined the York Rite (I really don’t have an interest in the other two). The York Rite consists of three semi-independent organizations: The Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the Council of Royal and Select Masters, and the Commandery of Knights Templar.
The Chapter confers four degrees. The Council confers two degrees and one honorary degree. The Commandery confers three Orders, one of which is a symbolic order open to all Royal Arch Masons and two of which are Christian chivalric orders open only to Royal Arch Masons who profess a belief in the Risen, Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
Yesterday, I received the lowest two Orders of the Commandery: The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and the Order of the Knights of Malta.
Here’re the pics from the event: