July 2012 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 23, 2015, 5:56 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:56 PM ]
We are often asked to “Find good candidates” for Scottish Rite Masonry or “Do you have your candidate for the Ceremonial yet?”  Have you ever thought about the origin of the word “candidate” and why all applicants for Masonic privileges are termed “candidates?”
The word comes from the Latin “candidatus” and there is some evidence that aspirants for the ancient mysteries were termed “candidati.”  The word may come from an ancient custom that at a certain period a candidate was clothed in white garb.  In Roman times, “candidati” included candidates for office who often wore the togas with which we are familiar from movies and television.  Metaphorically speaking, candidates are then those who seek after something.
Every candidate for Scottish Rite or Freemasonry should be of sound judgment, good moral character and believe in a Supreme Being.  He must also be a “free man” – historically both slaves and indentured servants were ineligible to become Masons – a good citizen and a respectable member of society.
Although times have changed since the creation of our great Order, these criteria have not.  I encourage you to look among your friends and acquaintances for good “candidati” for both Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite. 

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH / MC
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose, Fresno and San Francisco in California