Virtual vs. Actual Past Masters

Samuel TishNow that the CHAPTER degrees of our York Rite have been conferred on you as a candidate, do you consider yourself as an Actual Past Master or just a Virtual Past Master?

When the York Rite candidate has “passed the chair” in the York Rite Degree of Past Master, he experiences a brief ceremony whereby he undergoes the mysteries of a Past Master, and is then termed a Virtual Past Master.  [If he has previously served as Worshipful Master in a Blue Lodge, he is generally referred to as a Past WM or as “Worshipful.”  He is then an ACTUAL past master.  (Albeit his time as WM is “history” and is recognized as a past WM, he has not actually received the CHAPTER Degree of Past Master).  When a master mason receives the York Rite Degree of Past Master, he is recognized as a Virtual Past Master.  As such, this degree confers no official rank.  Once the candidate has “passed the chair”, he is entitled to continue on to receive the degrees thru Royal Arch.

Originally, the Royal Arch degree was conferred under the government of Symbolic Lodges (Blue Lodge) where the Royal Arch degree was always conferred.  It was then a regulation that no one could receive the Royal Arch degree unless he had presided in the Blue Lodge as the actual Worshipful Master of a Lodge.  With some exceptions, very few MMs of the symbolic lodge could receive the Past Master’s Degree without due petition and follow-up dispensation from the Blue Lodge Grand Master.  When control of the Royal Arch degree was taken from the Symbolic Lodges and moved to a the CHAPTER body, the regulation requiring a special dispensation was no longer required from the Blue Lodge Grand Master.

For background purposes, York Rite of Freemasonry consists of four bodies:
a) BLUE LODGE (3 degrees–EA; FC; MM);
b) CHAPTER (4 degrees–Mark Master; Past Master; Most Excellent Master; and Royal Arch);
c) COUNCIL  (3 degrees–Royal Master; Select Master; and Super Excellent Master);
d.) COMMANDERY:  (3 Orders–Knights Templar:  consisting of Illustrious Order of the Red Cross; Order of Malta; and Order of the Temple).

The next opportunity you have as a Companion in York Rite, be especially alert to listen closely and observe the “grip of a PAST MASTER” (as invested by the Right Worshipful Master in the CHAPTER degree).  This will be an “eye opener” for both companion sideliners and candidates.  An additional factor to recognize:  A WM (or Past WM) of the Blue Lodge is still NOT in possession of the “LOST WORD” until he has become a holder of the Royal Arch Degree.

by Samuel A. Tish, KYCH

Worldwide Freemasonry: China???

China FlagIs there Freemasonry in China?
More or less … depends on which China!
There is a Grand Lodge of China, but not from the giant communist China, the “People’s Republic of China”. It is from the small and capitalist Taiwan, whose official name is “Republic of China.”
The history between these two countries is complex. For a long time been a single country, after the “little China” was considered exile of the People’s Republic of China, representing China in the UN for years and being called the “Free China” instead of “Greater China”, which had become communist.

But in 1971 the “great China” came to occupy the seat at the UN, Taiwan has lost its recognition. Currently, opinions in Taiwan are divided between declaring independence or unify with communist China.
In this scenario we have the Grand Lodge of China, established in main land China in 1949 and when the communist government started in 1951, it was forced to move to Hong Kong and then to Taiwan in 1955.
Today the Grand Lodge of China has 10 lodges, which work in the York Rite (American, monitor Webb) and the Taiwanese Masters have the option of following the studies in the Scottish Rite, which has made a province of Great Lodge of Perfection, Chapter Rose Croix, Council of Kadosh and Consistory, or the York Rite, which has 2 Chapters of Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Council and Templar Commandery. There is also Shriners in the country.

The Grand Lodge of China has dealt with the recognition of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Brazilian and American Grand Lodges, and other principal Masonic obedience in the world.

by Kennyo Ismail, Brazilian Freemasonry Group

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From The Secretary/Recorder’s Desk

John Fletcher Jr.Dear Companions and Sir Knights,
October is the month that I will be sending you “Notices of Renewal” for the year 2012 and I would greatly appreciate you responding by paying your dues as soon as possible.
Fraternally & Courteously,

John B. Fletcher, Jr. KYGCH
Secretary/Recorder

Visit of D.D.G.H.P. of Amazonas, Brazil

On our last Chapter and Council meetings of September 8, we had the pleasure and honor to receive an important international visitor, Right Excelent Armando Correa Jr., District Deputy Grand High Priest for the State of Amazonas, Brazil.

He was pleased to visit us and see our rituals and commented about the differences of the Brazilian rituals. He also brought a presentation for our Excellent Hight Priest Ricardo Parente: a Honorary Member Certificate for the Capitulo Luz Sobre Trevas No. 8 (Brazilian Chapter) in Manaus, Amazonas, which reads:

Honorary Member Certificate, presented to M.E. Companion Ricardo Parente in unanimous recognition of his merit, achievements and distinguished services on behalf of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Brazil in general and of this Chapter in particular. In testimony whereof we do grant this Certificate under the hand and seal of this Grand Chapter on this 20th day of May, A.D. 2011, 2541 A.I.

 

DDGHP Amazonas 2