A wise man seeks further light. Masonry has myriad teachings, symbolism and learning opportunities. It is impossible to receive and understand it all and much of it is not found in the Blue Lodge. We become Master Masons with a substitute word and the Temple not yet complete. How will we then travel; receive wages that we desire; support our families and a distressed, worthy brother?
York Rite Masonry is the oldest and best known of all the Masonic Rites. It takes its name from the city of York in England, where the earlies known records of Masonry have existed, dating from about 926 AD. Masonry’s first written history is centered around York. This was the seat of the Antient’s Grand Lodge, which rivaled ... and eventually merged with the Moderns to form the United Grand Lodge of England and the basis of our current Masonic system.
When these two Grand Lodges united in 1813, a form and solemn landmark was adopted and placed in the Articles of Union to guide all Masons: “… pure ancient Freemasonry consists of but three degrees, that of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason, including the supreme order of the Holy Royal Arch.”
The noble heritage of York Rite Masonry is yours to claim—not for decoration, nor for rank but that you may more abundantly realize in your life, that Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.