With their own terminology, structures and practices, each masonic Order is different from the next. Freemasonry Today breaks down the origins, requirements and organization of the Royal Order of Scotland. One of the most historic Orders in Freemasonry, The Royal Order of Scotland’s ritual traditions reach back 700 years to Robert the Bruce.
The Ancient and Accepted Rite, or Rose Croix, is one of the oldest Orders, yet many Craft Freemasons in the UK know little about it. The Grand Secretary General of the Grand Lodge of England explains how the Rite has attracted more than a quarter of a million members worldwide.
The “Sword of State” is a large ceremonial sword carried before the Most Worshipful Grand Master at meetings of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Forged by Bro. George Moody, the King’s Sword-Cutler, the sword is four feet long, from the point of the blade to the crown of the hilt.