Ancient & Accepted Rite
The Ancient and Accepted Rite is believed to have originated in France in the late eighteenth century. It was worked in the USA where a Supreme Council was formed in 1801. The Supreme Council for England and Wales was established in 1845 under a patent from the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America.
Throughout England and Wales and certain Districts and Chapters overseas, the Order is governed by the Supreme Council 33º whose headquarters are located at No.10 Duke Street, St. James' London.
The Ceremonies comprise 33 Degrees entirely separate and distinct from any other Order.
The three Craft Degrees are accepted as equivalent to the first three Degrees of this Rite.
The 4º to 17º Degrees are given by name only, prior to the detailed and beautiful 18º Degree ceremony. This is the only degree permitted to be worked in a private Rose Croix Chapter.
Degrees above the 18º are awarded on merit after a brother has passed the Chair of his Chapter and are undertaken at the headquarters in London.
'Rose Croix' is a Christian Order of Masonry which amplifies the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian context. For this reason candidates must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith and are required, prior to any formal consideration of their candidature, to sign a declaration to this effect.
The Regalia for the 18th degree is both simple and spectacular and comprises a rose pink collar edged with gold braid embroidered with various symbols in gold braid. A jewel is appended to the collar. From time to time you will see Rose Croix aprons, but these are no longer worn in most private Chapters, the cost of these very ornate aprons being the prime reason for their discontinuance.