Structure of Freemasonry

Craft Lodge

Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. Freemasonry welcomes into its midst men of any race or religious belief, as long as they profess a belief in one supreme being. It is not a religion, but does encourage its members to be faithful to their own particular beliefs. It is an organization dedicated to personal betterment through education of the inner self. It encourages its members to place high value on morality and virtue.

Taken from the Grand Master’s Message and the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario

  • 1st Degree Entered Apprentice
  • 2nd Degree Fellowcraft
  • 3rd Degree Master Mason
Craft Lodge

York Rite

The York Rite, or more correctly, the American Rite, is based on the early remnants of Craft Masonry that were practiced in the early 1700's. The formation of the first Grand Lodge of England in 1717 specified that the lodges were to confer only the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, all other degrees being considered spurious. However, many lodges had been conferring other degrees that they considered an integral part of Masonry, in particular that of the Royal Arch, and formed their own Grand Lodge in 1751, terming themselves the "Antients" and the other Grand Lodge members the "Moderns."

With the merger of the two Grand Lodges in 1813 into the United Grand Lodge of England, the lodges agreed that only the three accepted degrees of Masonry would be used by the lodges, but the degree of the Royal Arch would be attached to Chapters allied directly to these lodges and bearing the same number as the lodge, though as a separate body. Thus, unlike the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, which claims to hold the power of conferring the first three degrees of Masonry in addition to those under its jurisdiction, those found in the York Rite have rightfully acknowledged the fact that they are considered appendant to those of Ancient Craft Masonry.

It is still the practice in English Masonry that a Masonic member is not considered to be in possession of all the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry until he has been exalted to the Royal Arch.
Taken from the York Rite Website

York Rite

Holy Royal Arch Mason

  • Mark Master Mason
  • Past Master (Virtual)
  • Most Excellent Master
  • Royal Arch Mason
York Rite - Holy Royal Arch Mason

The Cryptic Rite 

  • Royal Master
  • Select Master
  • Super Excellent Master
York Rite - The Cryptic Rite

Chivalric Masonry

  • The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross
  • The Passing Order of St. Paul (or the Mediterranean Pass)
  • The Order of the Knights of Malta (or simply Order of Malta)
  • The Order of the Temple
York Rite - Chivalric Masonry

Scottish Rite

The purpose of the Scottish Rite, simply stated, is to seek that which is the most worth in the world;

...to exalt the dignity of every person, the human side of our daily activities, and the maximum service to humanity;

...to aid mankind's search in God's universe for identity, for development and for destiny, and thereby achieve better men in a better world, happier men in a happier world and wiser men in a wiser world.

Taken from the Scottish Rite of Canada Website

Scottish Rite

Lodge of Perfection

  • 4th Degree        Secret Master
  • 5th Degree        Perfect Master
  • 6th Degree        Intimate Secretary
  • 7th Degree        Provost and Judgr
  • 8th Degree        Intendant of the Building
  • 9th Degree        Master Elect of Nine
  • 10th Degree        Elect of Fifteen
  • 11th Degree        Sublime Master Elect
  • 12th Degree        Grand Master Architect
  • 13th Degree        Master of the Ninth Arch
  • 14th Degree        Grand Elect Mason
Scottish Rite - Lodge of Perfection

Chapter of Rose Croix

  • 15th Degree        Knight of the East or Sword
  • 16th Degree        Prince of Jerusalem
  • 17th Degree        Knight of the East and West
  • 18th Degree        Knight of the Rose Croix
Scottish Rite - Chapter of Rose Croix

Consistory

  • 19th Degree        Grand Pontiff
  • 20th Degree        Master Ad Vitam
  • 21st Degree        Patriarch Noachite
  • 22nd Degree        Prince of Libanus
  • 23rd Degree        Chief of the Tabernacle
  • 24th Degree        Prince of the Tabernacle
  • 25th Degree        Knight of the Brazen Serpent 
  • 26th Degree        Prince of Mercy
  • 27th Degree        Commander of the Temple
  • 28th Degree        Knight of the Sun
  • 29th Degree        Knight of St. Andrew
  • 30th Degree        Grand Elect Knight
  • 31st Degree        Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
  • 32nd Degree        Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
  • 33rd Degree        Sovereign Grand Inspector General (Honorary)
Scottish Rite - Consistory

Allied Organizations

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Male Members

Shriners

Shriners

Tall Cedars of Lebanon

Tall Cedars of Lebanon

Grotto

The Grotto

Demolay

DeMolay

Female Members

Eastern Star

Eastern Star

Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls

Job's Daughters

Job's Daughters

Daughters of the Nile

Daughters of the Nile

Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America

Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America