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     Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is one the of the branches of Freemasonry continuing in the tradition of "Making Good Men, Better".  Providing it's members: Inspiration, Convenience, Enjoyment!

     The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and), commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite, is one of several Rites of the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry. A Rite is a series of progressive degrees that are conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council. 

Why Scottish Rite?

     One of the best things about Freemasonry is that you can expand upon your knowledge of Freemasonry.  You took the necessary steps to become a Master Mason.  You earned the right to become a part of the oldest and greatest fraternal organization in the world.  You may approach a 32° Scottish Rite Mason to take the next step into the Scottish Rite.  Or he may approach you to suggest that you continue your Masonic journey, which should be a never-ending path.  There is always room for improvement in our lives. Although there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason, the 29 degrees of the Scottish Rite serve to enrich the philosophy of the Symbolic Lodge.  A Mason who chooses to further his Masonic experience by becoming a 32° Scottish Rite Mason will be expanding upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry.  The moral and ethical lessons will allow him to be constantly reminded of his duty to God, family, country and fellow man.

How Long Will It Take?

     A Master Mason may become a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in one or two day reunion, held in the Spring and Fall each year.  Each degree requires elaborate stage preparation, so not every degree is presented in full form during a degree-conferring session (reunion).  The lessons for degrees not performed are summarized for the candidates.  Every 32° Scottish Rite Mason should strive to witness in future years as many degree presentations as possible.  Each degree is performed at least once within a six-year period.

Is Memorization Required?

     A candidate is not required to commit the Scottish Rite degrees, signs, passwords, tokens or grips to memory. No examinations are given either during the degree work nor for admission to the meetings of other Valleys.
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