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The Rose Croix of Heredom

Full details of the requirements for membership of the Order are available from any of the Chapter Recorders (Secretaries) or members of the Order you may know.

Essentially a candidate must have been a Master Mason for at least one year and be in good standing with the Craft before he can be elected to the Order. He must have received his three Craft degrees in a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England unless otherwise authorised in the Rules of Supreme Council.

He must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith and be willing to take an obligation in the name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. He will be required, prior to any formal consideration of his candidature to sign a declaration to this effect.

The Supreme Council suggests that prospective members should apply for membership of a Chapter near to their home or place of work.

As in other Masonic Orders, a member of a Chapter will be invited to progress through a number of Offices in progression, should he so wish, before attaining the chair as Most Wise Sovereign. The learning requirements of these offices are minimal.

The ritual of the chair requires more work but is usually shared throughout the year. It is not necessary to have been a Worshipful Master of a Lodge before becoming Sovereign. Some of the names of the Offices in a Chapter, for example, ‘Captain of the Guard’ are reminders of the days long ago when the Rose Croix degree was worked by the Knights Templar.

The Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Rite

The first three degrees are deemed to be equivalent to the first three degrees of the Craft.

The Intermediate degrees from the 4th to the 17th are conferred on a candidate by name just before the ceremony of the 18th degree. Mostly these degrees continue the stories of the Hiramic Legend.

One or two of these Intermediate Degrees are demonstrated each year by the King Edward V11 Chapter of Improvement Demonstration Team.

The degree of the Rose Croix of Heredom, the 18th, is the last of the degrees of the Rite that can be conferred by a Chapter.

Subsequent degrees are conferred by the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors at the headquarters of the Order, at Duke Street, St James's London.

Members are recommended to be given the 30th degree after having served as Most Wise Sovereign of a Chapter and having been a member of the Order for at least three years. The 19th to 29th degrees are again conferred by name. Promotion to the Higher Degrees, 31st, 32nd and 33rd is strictly limited.