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Friday, February 17, 2017

Scottish Rite Express Valley of Des Moines -- Orient of Iowa February 17, 2017

Next Thursday, February 23rd there will be a special 
  performance of the 4th Degree (Secret Master) and 14th Degree (Perfect Elu).  This will allow a candidate to begin his Scottish Rite journey on a Thursday evening rather than a weekend.  After receiving these degrees he will have the option of attending the full reunion March 24/25 & April 7/8 to see all 29 degrees in order with the full reunion class or he can return on Saturday, April 8th for a shortened reunion format 
consisting of the 18°,29°,30°,31°, & 32°. 

A candidate for the full reunion does not need to attend this evening unless he wants to do so.  Should you have questions or need a petition, please contact 
Shane Harshbarger at 515-288-8927 or rsvp@dmscottishrite.org.
5:00p - Class Orientation
5:30p - Dinner
6:15p - Receive Class                       
6:30p - 4th Degree    
7:15p - 14th Degree 
8:15p - Social & Libations

Friday, February 10, 2017

Scottish Rite Express - Annual Meeting/Conferral of Lodge of Perfection


Full Form Consistory Opening
 and Annual Meeting

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the way we do things today are not the way things have always been done.  This is especially true in Scottish Rite.  When Scottish Rite was first formed the separation between the four bodies was more substantial than it is today.  Each of the four bodies met separately, had their own officers, meeting dates, elections, and installations.  Each body also had their own opening and closing ceremonies that were used for meetings and degree conferrals.
Master of Kadosh Smithson thought it would interesting to exhibit the old full form opening of the Consistory at our annual meeting on February 15th.  We will be using a modified Pike 1867 Ritualistic opening and closing with the original officer titles and room layout.  This opening will give you a feel of the formality that was a part of the older openings as well as revealing how the passwords and signs were used.  We will have the Consistory auditorium set with full properties plus sound and lighting. 
As the brethren in attendance will be giving the signs, passwords, and watchwords associated with this degree there will be instruction on those signs and words prior to the work commencing. 
Shane Harshbarger will give a brief educational program on some of the changes from the older versions of the degree and the 32nd degree we do today.  For example in 1867, the 32nd degree was known as the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret instead of Master of the Royal Secret as it is today.
We will begin in the Consistory auditorium at 6:00 pm with the opening and Consistory annual meeting.  Following the annual meeting there will be hors de oeuvres and libations.  Please rsvp@dmscottishrite.org or at (515-288-8927).
  

Thursday, February 23rd-Special Conferral of the Lodge of Perfection 4th and 14th Degrees
This will allow a candidate to begin his Scottish Rite journey on a Thursday evening rather than a weekend.   After receiving these degrees he will have the option of attending the full reunion March 24/25 & April 7/8 to see all 29 degrees in order with the full reunion class or he can return on Saturday, April 8 for a shortened reunion consisting of the 18°,29°,30°,31°, & 32°.  A candidate for the full reunion does not need to attend this evening unless he wants to do so.  Should you have questions, please contact Shane Harshbarger 288-8927

5:30 pm - Dinner 
6:15 pm - Receive Class  
6:30 pm - 4th Degree 
7:15 pm - 14th Degree  
8:15 pm - Social & Libations

Friday, February 3, 2017

SR Express - Annual Meeting/Conferral of Lodge of Perfection


February 3, 2017

Full Form Consistory Opening
 and Annual Meeting

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the way we do things today are not the way things have always been done.  This is especially true in Scottish Rite.  When Scottish Rite was first formed the separation between the four bodies was more substantial than it is today.  Each of the four bodies met separately, had their own officers, meeting dates, elections, and installations.  Each body also had their own opening and closing ceremonies that were used for meetings and degree conferrals.
Master of Kadosh Smithson thought it would interesting to exhibit the old full form opening of the Consistory at our annual meeting on February 15th.  We will be using a modified Pike 1867 Ritualistic opening and closing with the original officer titles and room layout.  This opening will give you a feel of the formality that was a part of the older openings as well as revealing how the passwords and signs were used.  We will have the Consistory auditorium set with full properties plus sound and lighting. 
As the brethren in attendance will be giving the signs, passwords, and watchwords associated with this degree there will be instruction on those signs and words prior to the work commencing. 
Shane Harshbarger will give a brief educational program on some of the changes from the older versions of the degree and the 32nd degree we do today.  For example in 1867, the 32nd degree was known as the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret instead of Master of the Royal Secret as it is today.
We will begin in the Consistory auditorium at 6:00 pm with the opening and Consistory annual meeting.  Following the annual meeting there will be hors de oeuvres and libations.  Please rsvp@dmscottishrite.org or at (515-288-8927).
  

Thursday, February 23rd-Special Conferral of the Lodge of Perfection 4th and 14th Degrees
This will allow a candidate to begin his Scottish Rite journey on a Thursday evening rather than a weekend.   After receiving these degrees he will have the option of attending the full reunion March 24/25 &; April 7/8 to see all 29 degrees in order with the full reunion class or he can return on Saturday, April 8 for a shortened reunion consisting of the 18°,29°,30°,31°, &; 32°.  A candidate for the full reunion does not need to attend this evening unless he wants to do so.  Should you have questions, please contact Shane Harshbarger 288-8927

5:30 pm - Dinner 
6:15 pm - Receive Class  
6:30 pm - 4th Degree 
7:15 pm - 14th Degree  
8:15 pm - Social &; Libations

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Scottish Rite Express Valley of Des Moines --- Orient of Iowa

- Feast of Kadosh/Blue Lodge Breakfast
January 12, 2017

You are invited to the University 
Eagleof Freemasonry &; Feast of Kadosh
Our Scottish Rite degrees have many ties to Scotland and England prior to the union of the two countries in 1707.   There are references and remnants in the 28th, Knight 
Commander of the Temple and the 29th degree, Knight of St. Andrew to the Stuart dynasty, King James and Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland. 


Dr. Jeffrey Cox of the University of Iowa will share with us a program on this important period of history that helped to create some of the degrees of the Council of Kadosh.


Our feast will be period style and feature items from peasant fare (cheese, bread, & vegetables) as well as that of a noble feast (whole roasted chicken).
January 19th 
5:30 pm Social 

6:00 pm 
Program
"The Union of the Crowns" 

Feast of Kadosh 

Toasts &; Tributes


This event is open only to Masons.  
Cost is $12 per person.                                                                  
 A reservation is needed prior to January 13th.                                      
 Please RSVP by contacting the Scottish Rite office at 515.288.8927 or rsvp@dmscottishrite.org


Blue Lodge Breakfast

TIME: 
8:30 AM

DATE: 
January 28, 2017

COST: 
Free to all Masons

All Master Masons are invited to the annual Blue Lodge Breakfast hosted by the Des Moines Scottish Rite bodies.
Learn about new and exciting upcoming Masonic events for 2017, receive a bit of Masonic education, enjoy a great breakfast, andEagle meet Masons from throughout Central Iowa

Reservations requested by 
January 23, 2017
Des Moines Scottish Rite - 515/288-8927

Friday, January 6, 2017

Scottish Rite Express ~ Valley of Des Moines - Orient of Iowa

January 6, 2017

You are invited to the University 
Eagleof Freemasonry &; Feast of Kadosh
Our Scottish Rite degrees have many ties to Scotland and England prior to the union of the two countries in 1707.   There are references and remnants in the 28th, Knight Commander of the Temple 
 and the 29th degree, Knight of St. Andrew to the Stuart dynasty, King James and Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland. 


Dr. Jeffrey Cox of the University of Iowa will share with us a program on this important period of history that helped to create some of the degrees of the Council of Kadosh.


Our feast will be period style and feature items from peasant fare (cheese, bread, &; vegetables) as well as that of a noble feast (whole roasted chicken).
January 19th 
5:30 pm Social 

6:00 pm 
Program
"The Union of the Crowns" 

Feast of Kadosh 

Toasts &; Tributes


This event is open only to Masons.  
Cost is $12 per person.                                                                  
 A reservation is needed prior to January 13th.                                      
 Please RSVP by contacting the Scottish Rite office at 515.288.8927 or rsvp@dmscottishrite.org