Charles Armistead Sinclair, Jr.
Council No. 412
Meeting on the 5th Thursday of each month
The ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES are detached degrees some of which, many years ago, were conferred under Craft warrants and formed part of the then loosely governed Freemasonry of the period.
Many of these detached degrees became dormant in some places, although in others they were conferred as side degrees. In time the better of these degrees were grouped together in an organized body under the title of ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES. The degrees comprising the system in our Jurisdiction in the U.S.A. are:
Royal Ark Mariner,
Knight of Constantinople,
Saint Lawrence the Martyr,
Grand Tyler of Solomon,
Master of Tyre,
Installed Sovereign Master,
Installed Commander Noah,
Red Branch of Eri and
Ye Ancient Order of Corks.
They are conferred in the United States in Councils chartered by the Grand Council. Each Council is limited to twenty seven members, with two exceptions. One of these Councils is known as the Council of the Nine Muses and is limited to nine members. The other is Grand Masters Council, which has what is known as a roving charter. The purpose of the latter Council is to provide a place of membership in the Allied Masonic Degrees for brethren residing in localities where Councils have not been organized. Membership in every Council of Allied Masonic Degrees is by invitation, and is predicated on active membership in a Royal Arch Chapter.
In addition to perpetuating these degrees, there is still another and equally important purpose. It is to bring together, in small groups, Freemasons who are interested in the advancement of all Masonry, preparing them to better serve the Craft through the medium of study and research. By limiting the membership in a Council and securing membership only by invitation, the result is a congenial group able to enjoy full fellowship when meeting together. Wherever there is an active Council of ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES, it exerts an influence for the betterment of Freemasonry in all the Masonic Bodies.
There is no intention on the part of the ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES to detract from any organized and established body of Masonry. On the contrary you will find our members active, beyond the average, in all local Masonic bodies. The real purpose is to stimulate interest in Masonry in general and bring together in small groups those who are interested in the study of Masonic subjects. Thus they are better enabled to serve the Craft.
Information taken fromAlex M. Conner Council #201, AMD, and from St. Andrew's in America Council 1a
Also History from Grand Council - AMD History
The Chair Grades of the Allied Masonic Degrees
The Chair Grades of the Allied Masonic Degrees are those Degrees conferred only upon duly installed Sovereign Masters, Commander Noahs, Past Sovereign Masters, and Past Commander Noahs of AMD Councils and RAM Lodges.
In the United States, only the Grade of Installed Sovereign Master (and Installed Commander Noah in separate working RAM Lodges) is required by the Grand Council.P>
All business for the Allied Masonic Degrees is conducted during a regular council meeting, unlike European Councils which conduct all business in a Lodge of St. Lawrence the Martyr.
The wearing of Allied Masonic Degree Aprons by the Councils is left to the discretion of the individual Council.
The Chair Grades:
VENERABLE SOVEREIGN MASTER
OF THE ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES
The Chair Degree for the presiding Officer of a Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America. The Degree is usually conferred on the newly elected Sovereign Master by the Councilís Past Sovereign Masters at the close of Council meeting of the Sovereign Masterís election, though some Councils have a separate, formal installation. The Degree relates part of the Solomonic legend concerning the Queen of Sheba and members of the Craft.
The Jewel of the Grade is the insignia of the Allied Masonic Degrees surrounded by a laurel wreath, both in gold, suspended from a green ribbon at the throat, or a white ribbon on the left breast.
The Apron of the Grade is white, bordered green with yellow trim, with the insignia of the Allied Masonic Degrees on the flap, and the jewel of a Master of the Blue Lodge, in green and yellow, centered on the apron body.
WORSHIPFUL MASTER OF
ST. LAWRENCE THE MARTYR
In the American Councils, the Degree is rarely exemplified. With the mutual recognition of the various Grand Councils in the United States and Europe, however, it has become much more important, as the European Councils conduct and transact all of their Council business in the Degree of St. Lawrence the Martyr. The Degree recalls of the early history of the Grade and its unique customs in England.
The Jewel of the Grade is a silver gridiron superimposed on a quadrant and compasses, suspended from a ribbon, orange in the center and royal blue on either side.
The Apron of the Grade is white, with the orange and blue border, and containing a gridiron superimposed on a quadrant and compasses in the center.
The Collar of the Grade is approximately four inches in width, orange in the center and blue on either side.
WORSHIPFUL COMMANDER NOAH
OF ROYAL ARK MARINERS
In the American Councils, the Degree is rarely exemplified. However, it has become more important with the mutual recognition of European and Canadian Royal Ark Mariner Lodges. In some American Councils, the Royal Ark Mariner Lodge operates as a separate body, with its own set of officers and members. The Degree emphasizes the lessons of hospitality and generosity.
The Jewel of the Grade is a silver Triangle. Center inside the inner edges of the triangle is a silver "N." The Jewel is suspended from a ribbon containing the colors of the Rainbow.
The Apron of the Grade is white, bordered with a rainbow colored edge, and having three triangle of silver, two at the lower corners of the apron, and one centered on the flap. Some councils still use the apron prescribed in early rituals, which is of a ramís fleece, wool side worn out.
The Sash of the Grade is approximately four inches in width, light green; or rainbow colored, and worn from the right shoulder and resting on the left hip.
COMMISIONED SUPREME RULER
OF THE ORDER OF THE SECRET MONITOR
In the American Councils, the Degree is rarely exemplified. However, it has become more important with the mutual recognition of European and Canadian Secret Monitor Conclaves. The Degree recalls the consecration of King David.
The Jewel of the Grade originally was a hackle surmounted by a crown, in gold. This was worn suspended from a ribbon, black in the center, bordered on either side with white, the ribbon being surmounted by a gold bow. It is now that used by the English body, which is two interlaced triangles, superimposed upon three arrows, and containing the letters "D" and "J," in gold. The Jewel is worn suspended from the throat by an orange ribbon bordered by Medici blue.
The Apron of the Grade is black, edged with white border. In the center a hackle is embroidered in white while on the flap is an ear, likewise embroidered in white. With the adoption of the English ritual, the apron is no longer worn.
The Sash of the Grade is approximately four inches in width, orange, bordered by Medici blue, and worn from the right shoulder and resting on the left hip.
Information from St. Andrew's in America Council 1a
Charles Armistead Sinclair, Jr. Council No. 412
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