The Yankton Valley of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
We greet you and are interested in furthering your education of Freemasonry.
“Predicated upon its basic foundation of belief in a personal God, the Scottish Rite gives primary importance in its Degrees and at its meetings to prayer. While there is an established position and sign to be used by all Scottish Rite Masons during prayer, this position and sign are sometimes not uniformly practiced. All Scottish Rite Masons (except when engaged in ritual at the altar) stand during prayer, with caps remaining on the head as part of a uniform. So much is known and done. What is also required is giving the accompanying “Sign of the Good Shepherd.” This is done by folding the arms, the left over the right, with the outstretched fingers touching the shoulders. (See image above). The position is comfortable and easily remembered if it is realized that the sign represents the Good Shepherd carrying a lamb around his neck and holding its feet by his crossed hands. During prayer, in this position, the head is slightly bowed. The practice of this prayer position and sign, and their explanation and demonstration to all candidates, will add much to the meaningfulness of our devotions”.
If the “Badge of Mason” is the white lambskin apron, then the Public Badge of a Scottish Rite Mason is the Scottish Rite Cap. We have a lot of “Funny Hats.” The Black one is for 32° Masters of the Royal Secret, the Red is 32° K.C.C.H., (“Knight Commander of the Court of Honor”), which is a honor cap. The Blue Cap is for 50 years of Service. A White and Blue Cap is for a Scottish Rite Mason who has earned the Grand Cross. The White Cap is for those who hold a special Honorary Degree for those holding the 33° and Final Degree of Freemasonry. A White and Red cap is for a Deputy to the Supreme Council. Finally Purple is for the Sovereign Grand Commander and other members of the Supreme Council.