Medford Scottish Rite
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is commonly known as the Scottish Rite. It is one of several appendant groups of the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry. Each Valley has up to four Scottish Rite bodies, and each body confers a set of degrees. In the Southern Jurisdiction these are the Lodge of Perfection (4° – 14°), Chapter of Rose Croix (15° – 18°), Council of Kadosh (19° – 30°), and the Consistory (31° – 32°). The Supreme Council confers the 33rd Degree of Inspector General Honorary.
The Scottish Rite is one of the two branches of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic or Blue Lodge Masonry. The other branch is known as the York Rite, consisting of Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters and the Knights Templar.
While there is no Masonic degree more important than that of Master Mason, there is a long tradition – almost as old as Freemasonry – of “high degrees” that expand upon and elaborate the teachings and lessons of the first three degrees. The Scottish Rite degrees teach a series of moral lessons culminating in the 32nd degree, Master of the Royal Secret.
The Medford Valley Scottish Rite serves the Rogue River and Illinois Valley as well as the Southern Coast of Oregon. Join us on the second Monday of each month for our Stated Meeting. All Sojourners and inactive members are encouraged to contact us.
The Scottish Rite Creed
Human Progress is our cause
Liberty of Thought our supreme wish
Freedom of Conscience our mission,
and the Guarantee of Equal Rights To
All People Everywhere our ultimate goal
It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth, while actively embracing high social, moral, and spiritual values, including fellowship, compassion, and dedication to God, family, and country.
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