York Rite
Freemasonry

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BECOME-A-YORK-RITE-MASON


Any Mason in good standing from a Lodge of a recognized jurisdiction may become a York Rite Mason.

You start our journey by petitioning a Royal Arch Chapter. When you have received the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch, you are then eligible to join a Chapter of Cryptic Masons or a Commandery where you receive the Chivalric Degrees, including that of Knights Templar.


The Royal Arch Degrees fill in the spaces of the Craft (Blue Lodge) Degrees, showing how a Mason asks for his wages and rediscovering the Lost Word.
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The Cryptic Degrees are considered some of the most beautiful in Freemasonry and tell the story before and after the Word was lost.
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The Chivalric Orders pertain to the obligations of knighthood, joining the Order of Malta and the Order of the Temple (Knights Templar).