Chandler Lodge No. 227


7th Masonic District of
The Grand Lodge of PA



Last Update:

27 December 2007


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Below are brief descriptions for the most common degrees conferred in Freemasonry in the United States. 

Blue LodgeBlue Lodge (Craft Lodge or Symbolic Lodge)

Chandler Lodge No. 227 is a Blue Lodge. This is starting point for all men who wish to become Masons. The Blue (Craft or Symbolic) Lodge confers the following degrees:

  1. Entered Apprentice

  2. Fellow Craft

  3. Master Mason

The 3rd Degree, that of the Master Mason, is the "highest" degree the can be given in all of Freemasonry.

York RiteYork Rite
In Pennsylvania a Master Mason can chose to further his Masonic education by continuing on into The York Rite Bodies. There are three York Rite bodies that can provide additional Masonic teachings through the conferring of additional degrees. The York Rite is  is organized as follows:

Royal Arch

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons

What is a Royal Arch Mason?

Mark Master
Past Master  (Some Areas)
Most Excellent Master
Royal Arch


Royal and Select Masters Council of Royal & Select Masters (Cryptic)

What is a Royal & Select Master?

Royal Master
Select Master
Super-Excellent Master


Knights Templar Commandery of Knights Templar

What is a Knights Templar Mason?

Order of the Red Cross
Order of the Knights of Malta
Order of the Knights Templar


Ancient and Accepted Scottish RiteAncient and Accepted Scottish Rite - Northern

After the Blue Lodge, a Master Mason may receive further Masonic teachings through the Scottish Rite. The Scottish Rite can confer an additional 30 degrees to the Master Mason. They are divided as follows in the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States. The Southern Jurisdiction is organized differently and has  different names for some of these degrees. 

Lodge of Perfection

Lodge of Perfection

4° - 14°

4° - Master Traveler
5° - Perfect Master
6° - Intimate Secretary
7° - Provost and Judge
8° - Intendant of the Building
9° - Master Elect of the Nine - North
10° - Master Elect - North
11° - Sublime Master Elected - North
12° - Grand Master Architect
13° - Master of the Ninth Arch
14° - Grand Elect Mason

Council of Princes of Jerusalem

Council, Princes of Jerusalem

15° - 16°


15° - Knight of the East or Sword
16° - Prince of Jerusalem


Rose Croix Chapter of Rose Croix

17° - 18°

17° - Knight of the East and West
18° - Knight of the Rose Croix


Consistory Consistory

19° - 32°




33° - Honorary Achievement

19° - Grand Pontiff
20° - Master ad Vitam
21° - Patriarch Noachite
22° - Prince of Libanus
23° - Chief of the Tabernacle
24° - Prince of the Tabernacle
25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26° - Friend and Brother Eternal
27° - Commander of the Temple
28° - Knight of the Sun
29° - Knight of St. Andrew
30° - Grand Inspector
31° - Knight Aspirant
32° - Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
33° - Sovereign Grand Inspector General


An honorary 33rd° is conferred annually to certain 32nd° masons who have exemplified, in their daily lives, the true meaning of the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. The recipient must be at least 33 years of age and may not apply for the degree.

Although the Scottish Rite degrees are numbered, it is not to imply that masons who have achieved these degrees are of "higher" rank. The highest degree in Freemasonry is the sublime degree of Master Mason or 3° which is given in the Blue Lodge.

What is Scottish Rite Freemasonry?



The ShrineAncient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

As of July 2000, any Master Mason can now petition to join The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or A.A.O.N.M.S. The Shrine grew out of Freemasonry over a century ago and is meant to provide additional fellowship to its members through its various clubs and other functions. The Shrine also supports many hospitals for burned or crippled children and does not charge any fees for the medical care! Shriners consider the Shriners Hospitals for Children the "Greatest Philanthropy in the World". In 2007, it is projected that the Shriners Hospitals will spend $1,975,000 every day to help children.

Learn more about The Shrine of North America. Shrine Hospitals for Children

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