2017 Installation

Fresno Valley KSA - Charter & Knighting - Nov. 19th, 2016

Stockton Valley KSA - Charter & Knighting - Sept 7th, 2016

KSA Steel of Arch - Ill. Frank Loui 33 SGIG w/ Ill Wood 33 IGH

Honorary Knighting of Ill Sir Knight John Heisner, 33

The St. Andrew’s Cross 

(Cross Saltier, Crux Decussata) forms the jewel of the 29°, Knight of St. Andrew. The cross of this shape has many Masonic associations. It is represented upon the Celestial Sphere of the Fellow Craft Degree as the point at which the plane of the ecliptic crosses the celestial equator. Plato taught that it marked the spot of the creation of the universe. It is thus a symbol of change or transformation, and it is as this that it appears in the prophetic casting of lots, which we have come to know as the children’s game, Tic Tac Toe. In the original casting ritual, the X represented change and transition while the O represented permanence and stability. It also symbolizes the intersection or interaction of the material with the spiritual. In making the Sign of the Good Shepherd, the arms form a St. Andrew’s Cross, used as the position of prayer in the Scottish Rite. The major symbol of the 29°, it also appears in the camp symbol of the 32°, were its crossing marks the location of the Grand Commander. In many of the Degrees from the 6° onward, a St. Andrew’s Cross is formed by crossed swords. (Source.)

Orange County Scottish Rite

What is the Scottish Rite? 

The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – or, the Scottish Rite, is one of several appendant bodies that are a part of the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy of the Blue Lodge, through dramatic presentation of degrees. Membership is open to all Brothers and fellows who have attained the degree of Master Mason in a recognized Blue Lodge. Degrees conferred consist of the 4th through 32nd Degrees. There is also an honorary 33rd degree, which is awarded for exceptional service.(Source.)

Mission Statement: 

It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth while actively embracing high social, moral, and spiritual values including fellowship, compassion and dedication to God, family and country.

Strategic Objectives: 

Fulfill the promise of additional Masonic knowledge through education and training.Build a Positive Public Image of Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite. Support and expand our philanthropic activities. Provide a framework for effective leadership to ensure the stability and long-term success of the Fraternity. Provide a financial process to ensure the stability and long-term success of the Fraternity.