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Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm

The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm also known as M.O.V.P.E.R. or The Grotto is a social organization for Master Masons. It encourages renewed interest in the Blue Lodges, though it makes no claim to be a part of Symbolic Craft Masonry.

Members are distinguished by a black fez with a red tassel and a Mokanna head in the middle.

Founded members Hamilton Lodge in Hamilton, NY, while planning a Royal Arch Degree that would be held under the auspices of Cyrus Chapter No. 50, Royal Arch Masons. The group found that they got along splendidly and continued to meet, even after the Degree had been conferred. Soon, the Brothers began playing friendly pranks on each other, which only heightened their fellowship.

With this kind of jollity taking hold, it wasn’t long before other nearby Brothers wished to join the group which, by that time, had taken on the name of “The Fairchild Deviltry Committee,” in honor of the ringleader, Bro. Leroy Fairchild, who was a local merchant and business man.

In 1890 the Brethren of the Fairchild Deviltry Committee organized a Supreme Council and changed their name to The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

Members of the Grotto are styled Prophets.

The ritual is original and unique. The spectacular ceremonial requires a cast of thirty (30) or more and offers unlimited opportunities in stage activities and stunt performance. Its proper rendition requires a large stage, elaborate costumes, and stage settings. It is mysterious, startling and spectacular with a Persian atmosphere. While pervaded with a spirit of wholesome fun, it teaches a serious lesson which lingers with the initiate, instilling in him a spirit of optimism, a kindly feeling for his brother man, and an impression of good fellowship, which is something devoutly to be desired.

The principal charity of the Grotto is the Humanitarian Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that brings “Special Smiles” to children with special needs by providing them much-needed dental care.

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