Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Apologies Necessary

Greetings Brothers. As a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason I am proud to have experienced the instruction and the pageantry of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. I did my degrees in the Valley of Joplin, Mo. The temple there is simply outstanding. And the set pieces and backdrops are nothing short of breathtaking.

Many of you are Scottish Rite Masons I know. I encourage those of you who are not yet Scottish Rite Masons to seek further Light and join this Illustrious appendant body of the Craft. In the degrees of the Scottish Rite you will witness the marvelous works of Brother Albert Pike and others who contributed so much after its founding. There is simply a wealth of material to be explored. So get to it!

That being said, I was reading over my latest mailing of the Scottish Rite Journal when I came across an article by Brother Cliff Porter 32nd Degree. The article, entitled "A Scottish Rite Mason Without Apology" deals with a lot of the issues that are haunting and holding back the genius and grandeur of the intended Rite.

In my opinion, and speaking as a Member of both the Scottish and York Rites, I believe some of the Scottish Rite degrees to be the very most personally profound in all of Freemasonry. There is some excellent subject matter for those who pay attention, faithfully participate and who strive to study on their own paths. Still, the times are challenging for modern Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite has not escaped the difficulties they present.

I applaud Brother Porter's article and hope you all will read it as I have. He expresses many frustrations that I witnessed firsthand in the Rite. I hope that we may address them respectfully and see the Scottish Rite restored to its finest array and spectacle.

Here is the full article... "A SCOTTISH RITE MASON WITHOUT APOLOGY"

(This article appears in the September/October 2008 Issue of the Scottish Rite Journal)


Matthew Siegmann said...

Brother Freestyle,

What a wonderful artical to share. Everyone in every order has forgotten the one word that started off the whole concept of fraternal orders, relevance. To remain relevent, fraternal orders as a whole, not just Masonry, need to remember what their order is about. Underestimating our fellow man is what has gotten our orders to where they are today, diminished, low membership, ridiculed by the rest of the world. If we continue to make appologies for the things we've let go and we don't work to bring them back, then we might as well hang up our hats right now.

As Red Green would say, "We're all in this together."

2 BOWL CAIN said...

18° Knight of the Rose Croix jewel (from the Masonic Scottish Rite)

According to Jean Pierre Bayard, two Rosicrucian-inspired Masonic rites emerged from the end of 18th century. One was the Rectified Scottish Rite, which was widespread in Central Europe where there was a strong presence of the "Golden and Rosy Cross". The other was the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, first practiced in France, in which the 18th degree is called Knight of the Rose Croix.

Although many attempts have been made to learn about the change from "operative" to "speculative" Masonry, no definitive answer has yet been found, other than that it occurred between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Two of the earliest speculative Masons for which a record of their initiation exists were Sir Robert Moray and Elias Ashmole.

There is no evidence for Chistopher McIntosh's speculation that Robert Fludd may have been a Mason, nor to support Waite's speculation that Fludd may have introduced a Rosicrucian influence into Freemasonry. However, Robert Vanloo states that earlier 17th century Rosicrucianism had a considerable influence on Anglo-Saxon Masonry. Hans Schick sees in the Rosicrucian works of Comenius (1592-1670) the ideal of the newly born English Masonry before the foundation of the Grand Lodge in 1717. Comenius was in England during 1641........

These original rites are back!

Emeraldi42 said...

That is an excellent article by Bro. Porter. He wrote one for the SR Journal a while back about what young Masons want in the fraternity and he hit the nail on the head. Thanks for posting this one here.

The Relevant Mason said...

Thank you for the kind words on the article Brothers.

Cliff Porter

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