Recently the Seoul Valley of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction) had a pancake breakfast and an open installation ceremony in Pyeongtaek.
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite, is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a series of progressive degrees that are conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council.
The thirty-three degrees of the Scottish Rite are conferred by several controlling bodies. The first of these is the Craft Lodge which confers the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason degrees. Craft lodges operate under the authority of Grand Lodges, not the Scottish Rite. Although most lodges throughout the English-speaking world do not confer the Scottish Rite versions of the first three degrees, there are lodges that have traditionally conferred the Scottish Rite version of these degrees.
The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. In England and some other countries, while the Scottish Rite is not accorded official recognition by the Grand Lodge, there is no prohibition against a Freemason electing to join it. In the United States, however, the Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the craft lodge, or Blue Lodge, through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees.
The installation ceremony was straight and to the point as all of the various officers were installed into their new positions.
Afterwards Bro Brian was presented with his 32° diploma and we had a nice harmony in the Keystone Lounge.
If you notice in the photos the brethren are wearing different colored caps. Each color represents a different rank:
|Master of the Royal Secret. This hat is worn by 32° Scottish Rite Masons. The majority of members in the Scottish Rite wear this hat.|
|Knights Commander of the Court of Honor. This hat is worn by 32°, KCCH Scottish Rite Masons. The KCCH honor is bestowed on members deserving recognition for faithful service to the Rite.|
|33º Inspector General Honorary. The white caps are worn by those who have been honored with the 33º Inspector General Honorary. The Thirty-third Degree is conferred by the Supreme Council upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding service to the Rite, or in public life, to the principles taught in the Degrees.|
|Grand Cross of the Court of Honour. The white cap with a band of blue is worn by the brother who is a 33º Mason and who has been elected by the Supreme Council to the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour.|
|Deputy of the Supreme Council. In orients (states, territories, or countries) which do not have an Active Member, the Sovereign Grand Commander appoints a “Deputy of The Supreme Council.” The Deputy has powers similar to those of a Sovereign Grand Inspector General. However, he has no vote in The Supreme Council and holds his office at the pleasure of the Sovereign Grand Commander.|
|50 Year Cap. The blue caps are worn by those Masons who have held membership in the Rite for at least 50 years.|
|Sovereign Grand Inspector General.The purple cap denotes a 33º Sovereign Grand Inspector General and an active member of the Supreme Council. He is the highest ranking officer of the Rite within his jurisdiction, and, in relation to the Rite, his powers are similar to those of a Grand Master of the Symbolic Craft subject, however, to The Supreme Council and the Sovereign Grand Commander.|
|Sovereign Grand Commander. The Sovereign Grand commander is the highest ranking officer of the Supreme Council and the chief executive and judicial officer of the Rite within this Supreme Council’s Jurisdiction.|
Orient of Maryland. (2008). Caps | Scottish Rite. Baltimore, Maryland.
Scottish Rite. Wikipedia.