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There are three officially recognized degrees of Freemasonry:
  • 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)
Union 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.

Source: grandchapterram.org


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.

Source: philae-shriners.com


Order of the Eastern Star
Keystone 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.

Source: oesnspei.com


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