The Grand College of Rites

By Midnight Freemason Contributor
W.B. Gregory J. Knott

The Grand College of Rites of the United State of America (GCR) is one of the lesser knows bodies of Freemasonry. GCR was formed in 1932 when Sovereign Sanctuary of the Egyptian Masonic Rite of Memphis voted to transfer control of their degrees to the newly formed GCR.

The purpose of the GCR is to “dedicated to preserving the history and rituals of defunct and inactive Masonic orders.” By controlling the degrees under their jurisdiction, the GCR ensures that these older rituals aren’t subject to the occasional resurrection that often occurred.

Equally important is the preservation of the rituals for study by interested parties. The GCR annually publishes Collectanea, which is available exclusively to members of the GCR. Collectanea is a combination of a summary of the annual meeting minutes and a printing of one of the rituals for one of the rites or degrees controlled by GCR. In the 2015 edition The William H. Peckham “Cerneau” Scottish Rite 4°- 9°.

Illustrious Arturo de Hoyas, Knight Grand Cross, is the Grand Archivist for the GCR. Brother de Hoyas has done some outstanding work in researching these old and obscure rituals.

At Masonic Week 2016, Jeffrey N. Nelson of Bismark, ND was installed as Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor for 2016-17.

I joined the GCR a number of years ago and have attended the annual meeting at Masonic Week. Membership is open to any Master Mason in good standing. Annual dues are only $15 and this includes receiving the annual edition of Collectanea. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in learning about these old rituals to join the GCR. Back issues of the publication are available for purchase to members of GCR.

WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters

1 comment:

  1. I wish that back issues of Collectanea were available in an electronic version.