Masonic Province of Hertfordshire
Tercentenary - History Project
Rose Croix Chapters in Hertfordshire
Rose Croix - A brief history
The Ancient and Accepted Rite derives from the Rite of Perfection, which developed in France mainly in the quarter-century before September 1762. Its constitution, and the rituals for its twenty-five degrees, were formalised by Francken in a manuscript bearing that date, though probably written somewhat later. It was followed by The Grand Constitutions of 1786, dated May 1786, which describe the Ancient and Accepted Rite, consisting of thirty-three degrees, largely as it exists today. This document was presented as the product of a Council meeting under the titular direction of Frederick the Great. The original has not been found, and the copies seem to date from nearer to 1800.
In May 1801, in Charleston, the first Supreme Council following the Grand Constitutions was opened (now known as The Southern Jurisdiction of the USA). It was followed by France (1804), Spain (1811) and the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the USA (1813). Ireland (1826) was the sixth, England and Wales (1845) - receiving its Patent from the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction - was the eleventh and Scotland (1846) the twelfth. There are now independent Supreme Councils in over 60 countries.
The latin motto underneath the double headed eagle is "Deus Meumque Jus" which translates into English as "God and my Right".
Rose Croix Chapters do not normally have banners but the Oliver Cockrem Chapter No: 180 does. This banner is considered to be "Chapter Decoration" and a description can be found here.
For a more detailed description of Rose Croix please click here.