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The York Rite Masons
State of Nevada
The Grand Presiding Officers of the three York Rite Bodies for the State of Nevada, and the Grand Master of Masons for the State of Nevada met at the Masonic Lodge in Fallon, NV on the 9th and 10th of June 2014 for the Grand Sessions and the Grand York Rite installations. The next annual meeting (in June of 2015) will be held in Boulder City, NV.
The York Rite consists of a series of Degrees and Orders as described below. York Rite actually begins with the Blue Lodge Degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason). But, one is not considered to be a "York Rite Mason" until he has taken the Royal Arch series of degrees, following through with the Cryptic Mason degrees, and culminating or completing with the Templar Orders. When you complete the York Rite series of "degrees" you become a Companion and a Sir Knight.
The series of Royal Arch Degrees is displayed on the left hand side of the chart on the right hand side of this page. They are:
The Royal Arch Degrees are a direct continuation of the "Blue Lodge" degrees and answer many of the questions left open from the Blue Lodge. The true Blue Lodge education (Entered Apprentice through Master Mason) is incomplete without the Royal Arch series of degrees to put the teachings of the Blue Lodge in their proper perspective. That is why when the two groups of Masons in England (The Antients and the Moderns) joined in the 1700's, they specified that to become a Master Mason one had to take three degrees - including the Holy Royal Arch. This strongly hints that every Master Mason should complete the Royal Arch series of Degrees, at a minimum. After completing the Royal Arch degrees, one is welcomed as a Companion of the Conclave or Royal Arch Chapter.
The Cryptic Mason Degrees are not in a continuing line of history from the Royal Arch series of degrees. Instead, they return to an earlier time to examine some points that we may have missed. But, they do build upon all that has come before and present the masonic brother with different lessons that make the degrees valuable in their own right and, for their own reasons. They again address the spiritual lessons that are so key to understanding the points taught in our fraternity. The Cryptic series of degrees consist of:
Cryptic Masons are Companions and they belong to a Cryptic Masons Council.
The Knight Templar Orders are a Christian series (of "degrees") that makes a masonic brother a member of the Order of the Red Cross, a Knight of Malta and the Mediterranean Pass, and a Knight Templar. The Orders consist of:
The last two Orders require a commitment to the Christian faith and should not be undertaken by other than Christians. The Knights Templar Order is the culmination or capstone of the regular York Rite "degrees" and once completed, a masonic brother is advanced to the rank of "Sir Knight" or Knight Templar. Part of the training process in being educated in the Orders addresses a part of the history of the Knights Templar Order. The Templar history during the time of the Crusades, and their journey through history, provides a rich backdrop for the conferring of these Orders and challenges the candidate to reaffirm one's belief in the Christian faith. Upon completion of this series of Orders, the candidate is dubbed a Christian Knight.
A Quick Explanation for York Rite
The York Rite of Masonry is intimately linked to the structure of Freemasonry which is displayed in the chart below.
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A Little Bit about the Chart above
Freemasonry (and the York Rite) begins with the three "Blue Lodge" degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) that are depicted on the bottom of this chart and progresses upwards with the York Rite structure on the left and the Scottish Rite structure on the right of the chart.
There are two major masonic paths or options on this chart available to a Master Mason for further opportunity or growth after becoming a Master Mason:
Both paths offer further opportunities for spiritual learning and growth, but, the York Rite Path is the natural progression from "the Blue Lodge" and explains the things that were conspicuously absent from the lessons found in the Blue Lodge (the Blue Lodge degrees are actually a part of the York Rite series). The York Rite does specifically require a member to be a Christian to proceed through the "higher degrees" or Orders of this path. The Scottish Rite does not require a belief in the Christian religion.
The York Rite consists of 9 additional "regular degrees" (and one optional degree), plus the 3 Blue Lodge degrees - for a total of 12. A short description of the "degrees" for York Rite are on the left hand side of this page and are further explained on the individual pages for Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, and Knights Templar.
Further "York Rite degrees" are available beyond the "regular York Rite degrees", but are usually available as "honorary" or "by invitation only" degrees. Pleas visit the "About Us" page for contact information for becoming a part of the Nevada York Rite.