Ancient & Accepted Rite
The ancient & Accepted Rite is an order of Freemasonry comprising a total of 33° degrees of which the Rose of Croix is the 18th Degree.
Local bodies of the Order are known as Rose Croix Chapters and all business is conducted in the 18th Degree, including the the Admission of Candidates (known as “Perfection”) and the Enthronement of the Most wise Sovereign (the equivalent of Worshipful Master in a Craft Lodge).
The Ancient & Accepted Rite originated in France in the mid 1700s as the “Rite of Perfection” consisting of 25 so-called “higher” degrees and spread via the trade routes to the West Indies and North America. There are now over 60 supreme councils – the independent governing bodies of the Order – throughout the world.
The Supreme Court 33° of the Ancient & Accepted for England and Wales and its Districts Chapters Overseas was established in 1845 under a Patent issued by the USA. The Supreme Council consists of nine eminent members of the Order, all holders of the 33° Degree.
the Grand Patron is HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, reflecting the close links between the Craft and the Ancient & Accepted Rite.
Inspector General for Northumberland
V. Ill. Bro. Stephen Read 33°
Province of Northumberland
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To find out more about the order, contact should be made with the District Recorder.
Rose Croix Chapters
|Newcastle - Byker
|Berwick upon Tweed
|Newbiggin by the Sea