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Royal Arch Masonry

Capitular Masonry is the first step in the completion of the York Rite. In the United States, a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons confers the degrees of Mark Master, Virtual Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and The Most Sublime Degree of the Holy Royal Arch, which all symbolically take place during the actual construction of King Solomon’s Temple. Freemasons who hold membership in a Royal Arch Chapter are called “Companions”.



Royal & Select Masters

 Cryptic Masonry is the next step in the completion of the York Rite. In the United States, a Council of Royal and Select Masters confers the degrees of Royal Master and Select Master, with the optional addition of the Super Excellent Master degree, which endeavor to instruct those aspiring to its mysteries on the preservation and recovery of the Lost Word referenced in the Blue Lodge. Freemasons who hold membership in a Council of Royal and Select Masters are called “Companions”. 



Knights Templar

 Chivalric Masonry is the culmination of the York Rite system. By building on what is taught in the Blue Lodge, the Knights Templar provide a path for those who wish to continue their journey through Freemasonry by adding the lessons of Christian chivalry and devotion to duty that so marked the ancient Templars. In the United States, a Commandery of Knights Templar confers the Order of the Red Cross, the Order of Malta and the Order of the Temple. Freemasons who hold membership in a Commandery of Knights Templar are called “Sir Knights”. 

How to join

To join Somerset York Rite Bodies you first need to be a Master Mason, then all you have to do is petition and we would be more than happy to help you with that, you can find a Petition on our downloads page here on the website, or simply us the contact us portion of this site. 

The Order of the Temple degree in the Order of Knights Templar does have one  stipulation; you must be a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ to receive this degree.


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