Knights Templar and the Crusades
By Pete Taggart, 32° KCCH
In 1736, a Scotsman living in France, named Chevalier Andrew Michael Ramsay, wrote a discourse or oration linking Freemasonry, the Crusades, and Orders of Knighthood. It has been said this oration led to the development of the "high" degrees involving the Knights Templar or Knights Kadosh in France. Whether this is entirely accurate from a historical standpoint, it is true that Freemasonry of today has grades of the Knighthood and feature the Crusades in many of our degrees. On Tuesday, March 4, Pete Taggart, 32° KCCH will take us back in time to learn about some of those famous knights from history that we see in our Scottish Rite Council of Kadosh degrees. He will also tell us more about the history of the Crusades and their impact on today.
This program is open to all including the ladies and non-Masons. It will take place in the Tapestry lounge and will begin with a social hour at 6:00 pm. The program will begin at 7:00 pm with dessert and coffee following. There is no cost to attend.
Donald E. Lavender, 33°
Memorial Class Reunion
Memorial Class Reunion
We call our degree conferrals "Reunions" because the brethren come together to share the special lessons of the Scottish Rite degrees with a new class of candidates. As we meet to witness and perform these degrees, the teachings of the Scottish Rite are exemplified to our new brothers and reinforced in us anew.
Our first weekend will begin on Friday, March 14th. We will confer the 4th to 8th degrees. A pork loin dinner (baked potato, salad, rolls, and dessert) will be served at 5:00 pm. Cost is $10. We will open the Donald E. Lavender 33° Memorial Class Reunion at 6:00 pm. If you can attend the opening it is important that our new Scottish Rite Masons see familiar faces on their special night.
Saturday, March 15th will begin promptly at 8:00 am with the 9th Degree, Elu of the Nine. You might recall our old friends from the 3rd degree reappear. This is a great example of how the Scottish Rite expands on the drama of the Symbolic Lodge. We will portray all of the Lodge of Perfection and Chapter Rose Croix degrees and will finish the day with the 18th degree, Knight Rose Croix. Following the work, we will have a social hour for all in attendance.
The 2nd weekend of the reunion will take place March 28/29, 2014 with the Council of Kadosh and Consistory degrees. The 2nd Friday is always a great night with the 20th, 21st, and 22nd degrees. These degrees are always well performed and a great deal of fun to watch. Dinner onFriday, March 28 is at 5:00 pm.
March 29th will be the culmination of our Spring Reunion. We will begin with the 23rd degree, Chief of the Tabernacle, at 7:45 am. The 23rd to 26th degrees are recent additions to our reunion schedule, each having been portrayed only a few times. They are the "religious" degrees of the Council of Kadosh and give insight into the early years of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. If you haven't seen them yet, you are always welcome to be a sideliner during a degree.
The end of the day will bring the 32nd degree, Master of the Royal Secret. This degree shares with our new brothers the Holy Doctrine and the Royal Secret. It also gives a brief synopsis of all 32 Scottish Rite degrees.Following the 32nd degree, it will be time to celebrate. All Scottish Rite Masons, their ladies, and friends are invited to celebrate with our new class of candidates at the Night in New York Gala. This great event will feature our new class, an amazing banquet, music and dancing.
Donald Lavender, 33°
March 14/15 and March 28/29
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
4:30 PM LAVENDER CLASS ASSEMBLES
5:00 PM DINNER BUFFET ($10)
6:00 PM RECEIVE LAVENDER CLASS
LODGE OF PERFECTION DEGREES
6:20 PM 4th Degree Secret Master
7:10 PM 5th Degree Perfect Master
7:55 PM 6th Degree Confidential Secretary
8:35 PM 7th Degree Provost and Judge
9:10 PM 8th Degree Intendant of the Building
9:45 PM DISMISSAL
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
7:45 AM LAVENDER CLASS ASSEMBLES
8:00 AM 9th Degree Elu of the Nine
10th Degree Elu of the Fifteen
8:50 AM 11th Degree Elu of the Twelve
9:40 AM 12th Degree Master Architect
10:25 AM 13th Degree Royal Arch of Solomon
11:10 AM 14th Degree Perfect Elu
12:00 PM LUNCH
CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX DEGREES
1:00 PM 15th Degree Knight of the East
2:00 PM 16th Degree Prince of Jerusalem
3:00 PM 17th Degree Knight of the East & West
4:15 PM 18th Degree Knight Rose Croix
5:30 PM SOCIAL HOUR
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
5:00 PM DINNER
5:45 PM LAVENDER CLASS ASSEMBLES
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM 20th Degree Master of the Symbolic Lodge
7:10 PM 21st Degree Noachite or Prussian Knight
8:20 PM 22nd Degree Knight of the Royal Axe
9:00 PM DISMISSAL
SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014
7:30 AM LAVENDER CLASS ASSEMBLES
7:45 AM 23rd Degree Chief of the Tabernacle
8:25 AM 24th Degree Prince of the Tabernacle
9:20 AM 25th Degree Knight of the Brazen Serpent
9:55 AM 26th Degree Prince of Mercy
10:45 AM 27th Degree Knight of the Sun
11:45 AM 28th Degree Knight Commander of Temple
12:20 PM LUNCH
1:05 PM 29th Degree Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
2:00 PM 30th Degree Knight Kadosh
3:25 PM 31st Degree Inspector Inquisitor
4:30 PM 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
5:20 PM 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
6:30 PM SOCIAL HOUR
7:15 PM CLASS BANQUET & SPRING GALA