Scottish Rite Honours
Knight Commander Court of Honour: At the biennial session of the Supreme Council certain Masters of the Royal Secret, having held that degree for at least forty-six months prior to the session, are chosen to receive the Rank and Decoration of Knights Commander of the Court of Honour. These are chosen from the ranks of the Consistory for special service to Masonry, or to mankind, by the Deputy or Sovereign Grand Inspector General. The Knight Commander of the Court of Honour may be recognized by the red cap they are entitled to wear. The rank of KCCH, if petitioned or asked for, must be refused. Thirty-Third Degree (33 o ), Inspector General Honorary: The Thirty-third Degree is conferred by the Supreme Council upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding work in the Rite or in public life. The 33° cannot be asked for and if asked for must be refused. At its biennial session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the Degree. These 33° Masons are Inspectors General honorary and honorary members of the Supreme Council. The active members of the Supreme Council are chosen from among them. Grand Cross Court of Honour: This is the highest individual honor that The Supreme Council bestows. It is voted very rarely to Thirty-third Degree Masons only for the most exceptional and extraordinary services. The Grand Cross cap is white with a blue band. On the front is a replica of the Grand Cross jewel, which is composed of a Teutonic Cross, with an embroidered crimson rose with green leaves at its center.
Fifty-year Member recognition: It is a remarkable thing to be a member of any organization for half of a century. even if a Brother has not entered a Temple for 49 of those 50 years, he has still made an important contribution to the world. His dues have helped to relieve worthy Brothers in distress. His contributions have helped to teach thousands of children with learning difficulties to read and communicate. He has helped to mend broken lives, and that is no small thing. And if he has been an active member, working in the Degrees, or on the stage crew, or in make-up or membership or community outreach or the kitchen or in any of the hundreds of jobs necessary for the Scottish Rite to exist and do its work, then he has made a major contribution to the lives of many hundreds of Brethern and others. Such men are entitled to honor and recognition. The blue 50-year cap was designed for them.
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