The Chapter of Rose Croix confers the 15° through the 18°, and is the spiritual heart of the Scottish Rite. They embody the period in which they were written, and apply in equal force today.
These degrees teach WAR AGAINST IGNORANCE, INTOLERANCE AND ERROR, THAT EVERY NOBLE HEART IS GOD’S TEMPLE, and WE SHOULD LABOR TO ESTABLISH THE REIGN OF LOVE AND PEACE, THUS BUILDING A LASTING TEMPLE OF GOD.
John the Baptist taught a creed belonging to the sect of the Essenes and very similar to Christianity. They believed that TRUTH was scattered in different sects. Light was the symbol of Good; Darkness was Evil. The Cross has been a sacred emblem of earliest antiquity; the Rose a symbol of dawn. Together the Rose and the Cross represent the dawn of Eternal Life.
15° – KNIGHT OF THE EAST
This is the first Degree of the Rose Croix, and the leading lesson is fidelity to obligations and constancy under difficulty. The chief stumbling block on the way to this is indifference of its own people and the world. We must therefore persevere even as the ancient brethren have done, notwithstanding all obstacles. We must pass through the darkness to reach the light.
16° – PRINCE OF JERUSALEM
The story of the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem conveys to us the thought that the world and every noble heart is God’s Temple, and we should labor to establish the reign of love and peace, thus building a lasting temple to God. The work of the soul, developing the virtues of patience and gentleness ought to be as important to us as that of earning our daily bread. The beauty of Love, the charm of Friendship, the sacredness of Sorrow, the heroism of Patience, the nobility of self-sacrifice, make life to be life indeed, and are its grandeur and power. They are the priceless treasures and glory of Humanity.
17° – KNIGHT OF THE EAST AND WEST
This is the first of the philosophical Degrees. In all times truth has been concealed in symbols. It is from the Essenes that this degree is sprung. The Essenes believed that Truth was scattered throughout the world among different sects. They believed it was the duty of man to gather these fragments of divine revelation into a harmonious whole to be used in spreading right thinking and right living among mankind. Thus they combined the thought of the Orient and Occident, from which fact we draw the name of this degree.
18° – KNIGHT ROSE CROIX
The ceremonies of this degree are interpreted by each individual according to his own faith, for in no other way can Masonry retain its universal character. The cross has been a sacred symbol of earliest antiquity among many nations with various meanings. The Rose is the symbol of dawn, of the resurrection of life. Together the rose and the cross represent the dawn of eternal life. In all religions there is a basis of Truth; in all there is pure Morality. All that teach the cardinal tenets of Masonry, we respect. Masonry also has her mission to perform. She invites all men of all religions to enlist under her banners and to war against evil, ignorance, and wrong.
Officers for 2016
|Richard W. Kaeser, Jr., 32° KCCH||Wise Masterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christopher E. Tilley, 32° KCCH||Senior Wardenemail@example.com|
|Jeffrey A. Parrotte, 32° KCCH||Junior Wardenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kyle R. Palacios, 32° KCCH||Oratoremail@example.com|
|Taz A. Meyer, 32°||Chaplainfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael P. Singer, Jr., 32°||Master of Ceremoniesemail@example.com|
|Dennis W. Houck, 32°||Expertfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Danny Hughes, 32°||Assistant Expertemail@example.com|
|Homer L. Markhart, Jr, 32°||Standard Bearerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tommy G. Cupples, Jr., 32°||Guardian of the Templeemail@example.com|
|Jacob W. Thompson, 32°||Tilerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Trent K. Moreland, 32° KCCH||Director of Workemail@example.com|
|Johnny L. Schlenker, 32° KCCH||Assistant Director of Workfirstname.lastname@example.org|