The complete Order comprises thirty-three and the last Masonic degrees, of which only the 18th degree is worked in full in the Chapter. The first three degrees of Craft Masonry are accepted as equivalent to the first three degrees
of this Order and the Supreme Council confers the last four. The remaining degrees are conferred by name.
The Order amplifies the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian
context, for which reason candidates must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith.
Being a progressive Order, it is the aspiration (but not a requirement) of most members to attain
the Chair of Sovereign. His work, in the only degree worked in our Chapters, is not extensive, as the majority of the ritual is undertaken by the Chapter Generals and Past Sovereigns. He is, however, expected to carry out the complete ceremony during his time
as a General and in the Chair (over three years) and also the short ceremony of Enthroning his successor. As very few Rose Croix Masons withdraw from progression, it normally takes about six to ten years to pass through the different Offices.
Throughout England and Wales and certain Districts and Chapters Overseas the Order is governed by the Supreme Council 33o whose headquarters are known as Grand East and are located
at No. 10, Duke Street, St. James' London. It is at the Grand East where the other Degrees of the Rite (30o, 31o, 32o and 33o) are conferred.
Of the degrees beyond the Craft probably the most sought after and respected is the 18o
(or ‘Knight of the Pelican and Eagle and Sovereign Prince Rose Croix’) of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, normally referred to as the Rose Croix Degree. The Degree is the 18o of 33o of the Rite and is a Christian Degree which
is open (by invitation) to any brother who has been a Master Mason for at least one full year and who professes the Trinitarian Christian belief.
The Rose Croix is not another
degree just to be attained. Rose Croix Chapters choose their candidates with great care. The ceremony demands real thought and Christian understanding before undertaking it. Membership of the Ancient & Accepted Rite should ideally be by invitation. However,
rank in the Craft or other degrees should also have no bearing; a mason's self-awareness and Christian faith is not measured by his rank in the Craft and other Orders.
of Suffolk comprises 11 Rose Croix Chapters. These Chapters are not generally large in number, the emphasis being on members who will maintain the quality, friendliness and warmth of the Order.
Chapters generally meet between two and four times a year. The meetings usually commence at about 6p.m. and are concluded, after a traditional festive board, by about nine-thirty.
An Inspector General, assisted by the District Recorder, leads the District. The Chapter fees are maintained at a modest level commensurate with the limited costs of administration.
The District meets together
with ladies and friends, at an annual Church Service combined with the Districts of Norfolk and Cambridge & the Isle of Ely in the autumn and at a Sunday luncheon normally held in June. Also all members are invited to attend the annual colourful demonstrations
of two of the Intermediate Degrees of the Order (from the 4th to the 17th Degrees), enacted by the King Edward VII Chapter of Improvement, which are held around the country.
If you have been stimulated to desire an advancement in Masonic knowledge and friendship, the Order of the 'Rose Croix' will not only offer those rewards, but will extend your commitment to the principles of Freemasonry whilst giving the inner satisfaction
of progress in the Christian virtues of Faith, of Hope and of Charity.