From the Venerable Master (June, 2018)

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:39 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

It is interesting to know how we are described to the world, by those outside the fraternity.  The following is taken from Wikipedia, under the heading “Scottish Rite”

The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and, while the English Constitution in theUnited Kingdom omits the Scottish), commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite, is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a progressive series of degrees conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council.

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. In England and some other countries, while the Scottish Rite is not accorded official recognition by the Grand Lodge, there is no prohibition against a Freemason electing to join it. In the United States, however, the Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the craft lodge, or Blue Lodge, through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees.

The thirty-three degrees of the Scottish Rite are conferred by several controlling bodies. The first of these is the Craft Lodge which confers the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason degrees. Craft lodges operate under the authority of Grand Lodges, not the Scottish Rite. Although most lodges throughout the English-speaking world do not confer the Scottish Rite versions of the first three degrees, there are a handful of lodges in New Orleans and in several other major cities that have traditionally conferred the Scottish Rite version of these degrees. [1]

As you can see, this description if fairly accurate.  The latter portion of the last paragraph above is also quite accurate, as I can attest.  Many of us from the Valley of San Jose traveled to New Orleans in 2014 and 2017, and were privileged to attend a first degree and third degree, respectively.  They are indeed different from what we are used to in our California Blue Lodges. 

When this Valley travels as a group, we often find some unique Masonic experiences.  You should come along with us on your next trip, which will be to Philadelphia and Gettysburg, in September, 2019.

Brethren, the Lodge of Perfection is sponsoring a trip to San Francisco, at go to Alcatraz. 

This outing will be on Saturday, September 8.  In addition to visiting the island of Alcatraz, there are options to ride the exciting Rocket Boat.  Also, if we have enough interest, we will charter a bus to take us up and back.  If you’re interesting in participating in this fun day, call the Scottish Rite office and make a reservation.

Remember that our June and July stated meetings are casual.  Please attend and enjoy the comradery of your

See you there.