Grand College of Rites

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Grand College of Rites
Formation May 12, 1932; 86 years ago (1932-05-12)
Founded at Washington, D.C., United States
Purpose ritual studies

The Grand College of Rites (officially, the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America) is a Masonic organization.

The Grand College of Rites was established by nine Master Masons in Washington, D.C. on May 12, 1932 for the purpose of controlling and preventing the resurrection of abandoned and unauthorized rituals in the United States.[1] It collects these rituals from extinct organizations and prints them in an annual volume titled Collectanea, which is privately distributed to its own members.[2]

Among the rituals over which the Grand College claims jurisdiction are those of the Rite of Strict Observance, the Ancient and Primitive Rite, the Primitive Scottish Rite, and others.

The Grand College of Rites has been criticized for its alleged hipocrisy, however, since most of its members were initiated into the Hermetic degrees of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis - Misraïm by the late Ronald Cappello. Several of these members, such as Arturo de Hoyos and Piers Vaughan, semi-secretly participated actively in Ronald Cappello's irregular, mixed order of Freemasonry while publicly condemning the rite as "defunct" and "irregular."[3]

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  1. ^ Schmidt, Alvin (1980). Fraternal Organizations. Greenwood Press. p. 148. ISBN 0313214360. 
  2. ^ Morris, Brent (2006). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry. Penguin. pp. 131–132. ISBN 1429513861. 
  3. ^ "Collectanea". Grand College of Rites. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 

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