The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Instructions to all the Degrees
Introduction to the Ineffable and Sublime Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted
While the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite commence with
the Entered Apprentice, FellowCraft or Companion, and Master Mason, all authority
over these degrees by the Supreme Councils is waived, and they are exclusively
administered by the Blue or Symbolic Lodges, working under the jurisdiction
of Grand Lodges and the representative system. In some countries, the first
three degrees are given in Lodges of Perfection.
It is advisable to confer the first three degrees of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish rite on candidates before further advancement.
The Inefflable degrees begin with the fourth or Secret Master, and conclude
with the fourteenth, or degree of Perfection. It is not required that a candidate
should be in possession of any other than the Symbolic degrees.
To open a Lodge of Grand Elect Masons, opens all the degrees contained within
it ;-but a body of any degree may be opened or closed independently. The
order of business in bodies of the rite is as follows:
1. The reading of the records of the previous communication or communications
as yet unread and approved. It is judicious at every session that the record
be read immediately before closing, that proper corrections, if any, may
be made, and before the formal record is made up.
2. Report from the Grand Hospitaller or Almoner of any special case for relief
3. Reports of Standing Committees.
4. Reports of Special Committees.
5. Applications for reception or admission to membership.
7. Unfinished Business.
8. New Business.
9. Passing the Box of Fraternal Assistance:-no body of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish rite can ever be closed without so doing,-and any member wishing
to retire before being called upon by the Grand Hospitaller, must deposit
his contribution in the box provided and placed near the seat of the Junior
Warden. The amount collected is under the immediate charge of the Grand
Hospitaller or Almoner, and is dispensed by him with the consent of the presiding
officer,-first to a worthy distressed brother; or if there be none such,
then to some needy and deserving profane: in either case not permitting the
recipient to know from what source the relief comes.
All brethren are required to be clothed with the apron, collar, and jewel
of the body in which the degree is open, or that of a higher grade. Iit is
not essential that all the brethren should be clothed in the regalia of the
degree being worked at a reception, as this would lead to unnecessary
expenditure, accumulation of clothing and depositories. One or more, for
exemplification, are recommended, or so many sets as are essential for-the
proper exhibit of the drama of the degree, and the remainder of the brethren
are clothed in the highest grade of the series.
The records of bodies, from the fourth to the thirty-first inclusive, are
termed "Engraved Tablets;" those of Consistories and the Supreme Council,
The Battery of mourning, is made by the blow being given upon the left fore-arm.
In closing bodies of the Ancient and Accepted rite, the following formula
should immediately precede so doing. The presiding officer asks of his First
Assistant if he has any thing further to bring before the body, for the benefit
of Masonry in general, of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite, or of that
body in particular. If the First Assistant has nothing to offer, the same
query is made to the Second Assistant; and if he has nothing to offer, both
of the Assistants are directed to make known to the brethren in their respective
valleys, that if any one of them has any thing which he desires to offer
for the benefit, etc., the floor is tendered to him.
If nothing is offered, the Assistants reply to the presiding officer that
silence reigns in their respective valleys.
The following formula is required in the declaration either of opening or
closing an assemblage in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
"To the Glory of the Grand Architect of the Universe -in the name and under
the auspices of the Supreme Council o fSovereign Grand Inspectors- General
of the thirty-third and last degree, and by virtue of the, authority on me
conferred, I declare the works of " etc.
The symbolic degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft or Companion, and
Master Mason, are conferred in a Symbolic Lodge and reference to them here
is not deemed essential.
THE INEFFABLE DEGREES CONFERRED IN A LODGE OF PERFECTION
Unless it is expressly stated to the contrary, the officers in a Lodge of
any of the Ineffable degrees are as follows:
1. Thrice Potent Grand Master;
2. Deputy Grand Master;
3. Senior Grand Warden;
4. Junior Grand Warden;
8. Master of Ceremonies
9. Hospitaller .
10. Captain of the Guard
and are stationed as designated. The first four officers of a Lodge of Perfection
must be possessed of the 16th grade.
The number of regular members of a Lodge of Perfection does not exceed 27;
but of late years this ritualistic law has been abrogated.
Beside the festivals of the 24th of June and 27th of December (the two Sts.
John's days), the Lodges every year celebrate the building of the first temple
of the Grand Architect of the Universe, on the 15th day of Tishri, when the
Prince most ancient and high in degrees shall preside. If the Wardens are
the least ancient, their places shall be filled by those most ancient in
degrees, whom the T.: P.: Grand Master shall name; and the same rule is to
be observed with the other officers.
The Lodges also observe the 9th day of the 5th month Ab, in memory of the
destruction of the first temple.
At all receptions, the Orator makes discourses in illustration of the Order,
instructs the new brethren, and explains to them the mysteries, and exhorts
them to continue their zeal, fervour, and constancy. If he has observed any
indiscretion or dispute, he informs the Lodge of it, and takes measures
If a brother is a prey to misfortune, it is the duty of every brother to
endeavour to alleviate his unhappy situation.
It is the duty of the Hospitable Brother to visit all sick brethren, and
see that they are well attended to. If any brother is taken sick, and it
shall come to the knowledge of any member, he shall give early advice of
it to the Hospitable Brother and to the Lodge, that the necessary succour
may be administered.
Should a brother die, all the brethren are expected to attend and assist
at his funeral, in the usual manner. It is most proper that the Lodge be
then opened in the Perfect Master's degree.
Secrecy in reference to the mysteries, as well as the transactions of the
Lodge regarding the character of a brother or applicant, being an indispensable
obligation, the T.: Potent should always, before closing his Lodge, remind
the brethren of their duty in this respect, and enforce it in the usual manner
It is the duty of every subordinate body in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish
rite to make annual returns to the Supreme Council of its transactions during
the year; and its By-Laws, before becoming effective, should be submitted
to the Deputy for the State for his approval, and a copy transmitted to the
Secretary- General of the Supreme Council, for filing.
In cases of expulsions, a vote of two-thirds of the members present should