Thursday, January 03, 2008

Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales and Territories Overseas

If you haven't done so yet, read my Introduction to the Allied Masonic Degrees, to which this post is a follow-up.

We're almost half way through my original 11-day series on AMD. In my studies I have discovered that the practice of The Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales and Territories Overseas is interesting enough to warrant a post of its own.

In my post about The Order of the Secret Monitor I mentioned that AMD in Europe no longer controls the Secret Monitor Degree. Well, it turns out that the Grand Council AMD of England, etc., currently controls only five degrees, as compared with the ten which the GC of AMD of the USA controls. However, the overlap between these two systes is only partial. In Europe, the following degrees constitute AMD:
Additionally, St. Lawrence the Martyr is received by every initiate into AMD, and the remaining four degrees are worked thereafter in any order. Upon completion of all five degrees, the AMD member receives a pentagonal breast jewel featuring the emblems of each of the degrees. It looks like a snazzy jewel.

So, it sounds like an interesting system, with some trade-offs compared to the way it is done here in the USA. I prefer working the degrees when possible, and it seems that their system is set up to do exactly that, whereas it is only the option of a Council in the USA to do so.

In conclusion, this discovery means that you're going to get two bonus posts after my initial series is completed. In these bonus posts, I will share my findings on the degrees of Red Cross of Babylon and Grand High Priest, the two additional degrees that The Grand Council of AMD of England, Wales, etc., works that are not to be found in my GC of AMD of the USA ritual book.


chongchong said...

Ann Romney will use her prime-time speech Coach Factory Outlet at the Republican National Convention to take some of the sheen off her husband’s glossy image and try to humanize Mr. Romney with Coach Factory Online the very real struggles he has faced with dogged determination and inevitable success.I read somewhere that Mitt Coach Factory Outlet and I have a ‘storybook marriage,’” she will say, according to speech excerpts released by the Romney campaign. Coach Outlet Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long rainy winter afternoons in a house with five Coach Outlet Online boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters on M.S. or breast cancer.Many of the struggles Coach Factory Online her speech will discuss were not so much his, but hers and his father’s. Mrs. Romney has multiple sclerosis Gucci Belt and battled through breast cancer. The boot-strap section of the speech will belong to George Romney, Mitt’s father who, she will Louis Vuitton Belt remind viewers, never graduated from college, and instead became a carpenter and slogged his way to head a car company, Coach Factory Outlet then become governor of Michigan.At every turn in his life, this man I met at a Louis Vuitton Outlet high school dance, has helped lift up others,she will say. “He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up. This Coach Factory Outlet is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work Louis Vuitton Purse harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.

eaglais said...

When you write about the Degree of Grand High Priest, please indicate whether a candidate must have held rank of High Priest in a Royal Arch chapter. We have a great deal of debate on that one.
Bob Church