COLLEGE OF FREEMASONRY

The 'Crown' and The Proper Protocol

The Supreme Council has set forth a rule for the correct wearing of the crown. When wearing the crown it shall be considered to be a part of the apparel of the wearer and shall not be removed. 

At the presentation of the flag, the crown shall remain in place, and the members shall stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. 

During prayer the crown is placed in the left hand and placed over the heart.

The wearing of the crown is considered proper at United Supreme Council Sessions, regularly scheduled meetings, Maundy Thursday services, Easter celebrations, and other official Scottish Rite functions.

The Sovereign Grand Commander is the highest ranking officer of the Supreme Council and the Chief Executive and Judicial Officer of the Rite within this Supreme Council’s Jurisdiction.  He is the representative of The United Supreme Council when the Body is not in session and is invested with general powers of supervision and administration everywhere within its Jurisdiction.  The crown for the Sovereign Grand Commander is violet in color and features a gold band. On the front is the symbol of his office, a Cross of Salem with crosslets. 

The purple crown is that of an elected officer of our United Supreme Council in the Southern Jurisdiction, PHA. The crown is purple in color and features a gold band. On the front is the symbol of a Cross of Patriarchal with crosslets.

Rings of the Scottish Rite

14th Degree Ring

Central to the ritual of the 14°, Perfect Elu, is the presentation of a ring, worn by Scottish Rite Masons from the 14° through the 32°. It is a plain gold band with an equilateral triangular plate enclosing the Hebrew letter yud, the initial letter of Yahweh - the Tetragrammaton - the ineffable name of God. Engraved on the inside is the Latin motto, "Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit" (Whom virtue unites, death will not separate). "The circular shape of the ring symbolizes unending commitment and loyalty, just as it does in a marriage. The triangular plate and the letter signify that the commitment is to the Deity."

33rd Degree Ring

Possibly the most recognized (and certainly misunderstood) Masonic honor is the Thirty-Third Degree of the Scottish Rite. The ring is a triple band of gold, either plain or with a triangular plate of gold enclosing the numerals 33°