There are three officially recognized degrees of
- 1° - Entered Apprentice
- 2° - Fellowcraft
- 3° - Master Mason
These degrees are conferred in a 'Craft Lodge'.
When a man has been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, in addition to being
eligible to hold office in the Craft Lodge, he is also eligible to petition the concordant bodies of Freemasonry
for membership. Although some of these concordant bodies confer their members with numerical degrees, that go above 3°, there
is no degree 'higher' than Master Mason (3°).
The concordant bodies of Freemasonry in the Yarmouth area are:
Royal Arch (York Rite)
Chapter 7 - meets 3rd Wednesday of each month
The Royal Arch Chapter is the second of four Chapters
that comprise the York Rite of Freemasonry (the first Chapter being comprised of the first 3 degrees received in the
Craft Lodge). The Royal Arch Degrees continue the education which the Master Mason received in the Craft Lodge.
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles
of The Mystic Shrine ("Shriners")
Sou' West Shrine Club - meets 2nd
Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
The Shriners have evolved through world wars, the depression, and human catastrophes since the first meeting held
in New York City Masonic Hall on September 26, 1872. Their fraternal commitment and dedication resulted in the establishment
of the Hospital for Sick Children in June 1922 in Shreveport, La.
Order of the Eastern Star
Chapter 5 - meets 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 2:00pm
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization
in the world to which both men & women can belong. Master Masons, their wives, and women closely related to a Master Mason
are eligible for membership.