About Us

Our Purpose

The York Rite of Freemasonry is a continuation\explanation of the Blue Lodge Degrees and an opportunity for the Master Mason to continue his spiritual growth through the lessons taught in the York Rite series of Degrees and Orders.  The York Rite series of degrees fills in and completes the lessons begun in the Blue Lodge series of degrees.  A Master Mason's education is incomplete without the York Rite series of degrees.  The York Rite is also a foundation for the three main charities (associated with each group) and an opportunity for a Master Mason to make a difference in his greater community.  Our principal purpose is to help Master Masons continue their growth within the fraternity so that he can make a difference to others and to prepare himself for his "further travels" on that level plane of time.

What we stand for

Members of the York Rite believe: 

- in God and the Christian faith

- in the Brotherhood of man

- in service to those who are less fortunate and in defense of those oppressed

- in helping young people learn leadership abilities and in getting a head start in life

- in Freedom and the equality of all men in all stations of life

York Rite Masonry is a process of self-discovery and self-awareness.  There are certain great lessons that form the basis of the York Rite philosophy.

- that all Human Beings are creatures of God.  

Because God is our common Father, and Christ is our Savior, all men are brothers.  Our common heritage and our belief in God is more important than race, denomination, wealth, position, education, social status, or anything else.

- that our Christian Faith is essential to us if we are to grow and be truly free

Only the knowledge of God in our lives can give us the strength needed to preserve our freedom and provide us with a foundation for our morals and spiritual growth.

- that each person is entitled to dignity

And no one, for any reason or under any pretext, has the right to compromise the dignity of another.

- that each man and woman is entitled to complete freedom of thought, belief, political expression, and speech.  

No person, government, religion, or earthly spiritual authority has the right to dictate the thought or belief of another individual. No tyranny that abridges these freedoms, no matter how benign, is ever acceptable.

- that it is the duty and obligation of every person to make the world a better place for others in every way he can.

- that it is the duty of each York Rite Mason to develop himself, through study, thought, reflection, conversation, and by every means he can find.  

We are committed to intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth, and to growth as ethical, caring and compassionate men.  And, that is our duty and obligation to share life’s lessons with others in an effort to help others grow.

- that there are two natures in Man. 

— an animal nature that is the result of our physical selves and 

— a spiritual nature that is a gift from God.  

The two are usually in conflict within us. It is our duty to see that the spiritual nature wins.

- that each person has the responsibility to obey the law, and to seek to change it only through legal and lawful means.  

Only in this way can our society survive and evolve.

- that a York Rite Mason must know how to keep absolutely confidential the things others tell him in confidence.  

-that Charity is an obligation on all York Rite Masons. 

Charity is not just limited to giving money (many are not in a position to be able to give money). Charity can also be giving your time, having involved compassion, really caring about what happens to others, putting ourselves in their place and sharing in their sorrow or hurt.

- that there is no such thing as a “small” or “unimportant” act.  

Every action we take affects both others and ourselves. We never have the luxury of acting without thinking. 

- that above all things, York Rite Masonry teaches toleration. 

We have seen the results too often in history of intolerance. The most deadly words known are “I know I am right and you are wrong, and I have the right to force you to agree with me.”  Those words were spoken as men burned women and children at the stake because they disagreed on some point of theology, as Hitler sent millions of human beings to the gas chambers, as foolish, defenseless old women were hanged as witches, and as Stalin wiped out his political opposition.  Masonry teaches that each person, each idea, must be respected.  No one has the right to be intolerant of others.  Respect for others is a key lesson in our fraternity.

There are many other lessons in the York Rite: lessons about the nature of the world; about the relationship between people, between people and God, about morality, and about our responsibilities to others.

 - that York Rite Masonry is the study of the lessons of life in an effort to “Make Good Men – Better”.

Each Degree or Order in York Rite has multiple lessons to teach. Some with symbolism and some without. Each Degree or Order relates to our life experiences and the learning that we need to instill within to make ourselves "Better Men".

 Requirements to join the York Rite fraternity

Not everyone can be (or should be) a York Rite Mason.  While it is an individual decision, it certainly should be the goal of every Master Mason to become a York Rite Mason and to learn the valuable lessons in each of the Degrees and Orders.  To become a York Rite Mason you must:

1. Be a Master Mason (completed all 3 of the Blue Lodge Degrees)
2. You must be 18 years old or older (Master Mason Requirement also)
3. You must submit a petition to join the York Rite (countersigned by two York Rite members)
 4. Your petition to join must be voted on and accepted by the fraternity
5. You must complete the degrees in the proper order - starting with the Royal Arch series
6. To complete the last two Knight Templar series of Orders, you must be a Christian and profess your belief in the Christian faith
7. You must be of good moral character and have a strong desire (willingness) to help others
What you may not have known

The symbolic degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow craft, and Master Mason, as conferred in the United States, are degrees of the York Rite.


York Rite Masonry is the oldest and best known of all Masonic Rites. It takes its name from York, England, where the earliest known record of Masonry exists, dating from about A.D. 923. Masonry’s first written record is centered around York, the seat of the Ancient York Grand Lodge. In 1813, this Grand Lodge merged with another group called the Modern Grand Lodge, to form the United Grand Lodge of England. This is the basis upon which our present system of Symbolic Lodge (Blue Lodge) Masonry is built.


You, as a Master Mason, have received the first three degrees of the York Rite. Having begun your Masonic work in the York Rite, it is natural that you should want to continue with it and fill in what was left out of the first three degrees, as they are incomplete.


According to Masonic legend, every man raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason received “substitute secrets”, as the “true secrets” were lost. It may prove a surprise to the average blue lodge mason, believing his work is completed, to be told that the secrets pertaining to the ceremony will not be given to him! This is unfortunate, but the veil is lifted in the degree of the Royal Arch, and in that degree only. Hence, no man actually becomes a true Master Mason until he is exalted in the Holy Royal Arch degree and he learns the secret word of a Master Mason.


Some would have the newly raised Master Mason (3rd Degree) believe that he can receive the secrets and word in a degree other than the Royal Arch. This is not true, historically or otherwise. The mother Grand Lodge of England was so emphatic regarding the necessity of the Royal Arch degree that many years ago, it set forth the following as Paragraph One (1) of its Laws and Regulations:


“By the solemn act of the union between the two Grand Lodges of Freemasons of England in December, 1813, it was declared and pronounced that Pure Ancient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, viz: those of the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow craft, and the Master Mason, INCLUDING THE SUPREME ORDER OF THE HOLY ROYAL ARCH.”


The wording in this document was not a mistake.  It was intentionally stated in this way to let every Master Mason know that his education is not complete until he has completed the complete series of the York Rite.

Don't be a "substitute Mason". Be a real Master Mason and know the secret word by being a member of the York Rite of Masonry. Send an email now and start the process of becoming a "real" Master Mason.


Are you interested 
learning more
Nevada York Rite?

And, how you can become a part of the York Rite in Nevada?

Do you have what it takes to become a

York Rite Mason and a Knight Templar?

We welcome your interest.

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Call or e-mail your local York Rite Secretary 
per the "Local Chapters" page 

to arrange for a meeting 
to discuss your future 
in the 

York Rite of Freemasonry.  

Why you should join the York Rite fraternity
(Or, what's in it for me)

1. The York Rite is a brotherhood of liked minded men where you can trust every person and trust your family with them also.  The York Rite further solidifies the oaths that you took as a Master Mason and makes you a member of a community of men that fully supports one another.
2. The York Rite is brotherhood within which, using moral and civil guidelines, free thought, free speech, and spiritual growth, a man can grow into his fullest potential.
3. The York Rite is a fraternity wherein you can meet outstanding individuals from all walks of life, that you might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet, know, and call Brother, Companion, and fellow Sir Knight.
4. The York Rite is a fraternity that is guided (as is the Blue Lodge) by the principal tenants of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth - with the search for your own life's truth being one of the principal goals.  
5. The York Rite is a fraternity that provides opportunities for you to learn self development, leadership, and the ability to improve your public speaking skills.
6. The York Rite is an extended Brotherhood where one can go to seek support as well as give it.  It is a further opportunity for you to contribute and support your greater community and to be a meaningful part of it.
7. The York Rite is a fraternity where moral virtues are taught, and through these teachings, a regular reinforcement of these moral virtues is experienced.
8. The York Rite is an opportunity to spend time with true brothers, who by acting as good men, make you want to become a better man.  Not better than others, but better than you would have otherwise been.
9. The York Rite is a place to become better equipped to serve your Church and your community - as the Knights Templar Orders are Christian based.
10. The York Rite is a place to meet established members of the community and to become a part of that community of Brothers, Companions, and Sir Knights.
11. The York Rite is an opportunity for you to find out what was "left out" of the "Blue Lodge" degrees and to fill in the blanks that are there (whether you know it or not).  It shares with you "The Master's Word" and informs you why it could not be given before. You become a "true Master Mason" that knows the "Master's Word".
12. The York Rite gives every Master Mason the opportunity to experience further spiritual growth and obtain a further understanding of what "the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry" are really all about.  No Master Mason's education is complete without experiencing the York Rite series of Degrees and Orders.
13. If you believe in "what we stand for", are seeking further light beyond that of a Master Mason, and are of a like mind, you should be a member of the York Rite.
14. It's a lot of fun and a further opportunity to participate in the Freemason fraternity while becoming a "Sir Knight" (Knight Templar).

The noble heritage of York Rite Freemasonry is yours to experience and enjoy.  The regular meetings of the various groups are conducive to firmer relationships and a closer spirit of Friendship and Brotherly Love.  Being a York Rite Mason does not mean that you are elevated to a "higher rank".  Being a York Rite Mason is an educational opportunity to help you realize the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man in your own life.  We invite you to claim this heritage and become a part of the York Rite fraternity that devotes itself to finding further truth and enlightenment.

York Rite goes beyond the charitable contributions of the Blue Lodge. Each of the three groups in York Rite support their own charity. For more information on the charities supported by each group, please look at the "Charities" page under each group on the menu at the left.

Come join the York Rite and find out for yourself.