List of Masonic rites

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In Freemasonry, a Rite is a series of progressive degrees that are conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In many cases, such as the York Rite, it can be a collection of separate Masonic organizations that would otherwise operate independently. Masonic degree systems frequently belong to the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join after the degrees of the Blue Lodge.

Masonic degree systems[edit]

The red cross, a commonly used symbol for Freemasonry in the Swedish Rite

Over time, a number of different Masonic degree systems have been developed, some of which are in use or have now ceased to exist. Known Masonic degree systems include:

Grand College of Rites[edit]

In the United States, the Grand College of Rites focuses on the collection and publication of texts from both Masonic ritual not currently used in the United States, and defunct quasi-Masonic rituals used by other fraternities and societies.[1] One of its stated purposes is the prevention, within the larger community of Freemasonry, of the revival or usage of any rituals that are not currently in use in the United States.[2]


  1. ^ Grand College of Rites home page Archived 2006-06-15 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 17 April 2006.
  2. ^ Constitution of the Grand College of Rites Accessed 17 April 2006.

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