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Grand College of Rites




The Grand College of Rites is a regular Masonic body, dedicated to preserving the history and rituals of defunct and inactive Masonic orders.


The Grand College of Rites was formed at 9:25pm on May 12, 1932 in Washington, D.C. when the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Egyptian Masonic Rite of Memphis unanimously voted to “surrender the Sovereignty of its three Rites for the purpose of being absorbed by the Grand College of Rites about to be convened.”


After its formation several other Masonic organizations also transferred their final authority into the bosom of the GCR, making it the only regular Masonic body in the United States with authority over the Rites of Memphis, Misraim, the Free and Accepted Architects, and more.


Any Master Mason holding membership and in good standing in a regular symbolic Lodge recognized by a majority of the Grand Lodges of Freemasonry in the United States of America may petition for membership in the Grand College of Rites.


The Grand College of Rites of the United States of America meets annually at Masonic Week.


The Grand College of Rites publishes its transactions annually. These transactions are known as “Collectanea” and are privately printed for the fellows of the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America. Collectanea contains the rituals of various organizations lawfully deposited within our archives.

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