Raleigh York Rite Bodies
PO Box 17212
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh York Rite Bodies meets the
first Friday of each Month. The York Rite Bodies
meet at the Masonic Temple of Raleigh,
which is located
at 1520 Caswell Street
in Raleigh, North Carolina.
York Rite Bodies
Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed
to supplement and amplify the Blue Lodge degrees, affording historical
background on the work and meaning of Freemasonry. The York
Rite takes its name from the old English city of York. The York Rite is not a religion in itself, it
does, however, develop themes based on the Medieval Crusades.
Rite confers degrees beyond the Blue Lodge's three degrees. In the York
Rite, A Master Mason may become a member of three bodies that consists of nine
additional degrees: Chapter - Mark Master, Past Master,
Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason; Cryptic
Master, Select Master, and Super Excellent Master; Chivalric Orders - Illustrious Order of the Red Cross, Order of Malta and the
Order of the Temple. . In none of these is any memorization required to advance from one
degree to another. There are many easily learned parts that any interested
Mason may acquire and participate in the conferring of the work. In the York Rite, most of the
work is by a cast of characters made up to portray more vividly the message and
the cast is robed to add to the impressiveness of the lessons.
Many believe the Sublime Degree of
Master Mason to be the ultimate degree of Freemasonry and that all others are
added and explanatory. Most students of Freemasonry agree that the story of the
Craft as presented in the three degrees is incomplete and that the degrees
offered in the York
Rite of Freemasonry complete the story and answer many of the questions in the
mind of the newly made Master Mason.
us at the Raleigh York Rite Bodies
on the revolving bodies to e-mail the Secretary/ Recorder of the Raleigh York
If you are interesting in joining the Raleigh York Rite Bodies and/
or are in need of a petition please click here for a petition. (This information is in PDF format.)
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