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General Regulatory Code of the Order of the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (1778)

GENERAL REGULATORY CODE OF THE ORDER OFKNIGHTS BENEFICENT OF THE HOLY CITY

Agreed at the Convent National des GaulesHeld in November 1778/465

TITLE IThe different classes of the Order and the qualities required to be received

 

ARTICLE IDifferent Classes of the Order

The Order of Knights Beneficent of the H. C. restored through reform to its primitive purpose, which is none other than the relief of humanity, to which service it is dedicated, pursues every means to accomplish this, discusses useful ideas, and serves to unite the strengths of individuals in order to achieve them, and to execute them with greater facility. Therefore it has not been believed necessary to compel the Knights to take obligations which are unchanging and often incompatible with the status which they have chosen in Civil Society, but as in former times a part of the militia of the Temple fought the enemies of the Christians on the great roads, while another received pilgrims into their hospices, and brought together the poor and the injured, one similarly recognizes three classes of Knights today: those of the Regular Knights or Clerici, the Military Knights or Milites, and the Civil or Civilian Knights, Equites Cives Sanctæ… Continue reading

Masonic Code of the Reunited and Rectified Lodges (1778)

MASONIC CODE OF THE REUNITED & RECTIFIED LODGES OF FRANCE As approved by the Deputies of the Directorates of France at the National Convent of Lyon in 5778

Introduction

No Order, no Society can exist without laws. The execution of these laws ensures the prosperity of Society; their oversight or infraction leads to decadence and ruin.

The wisdom of those who direct the Masonic Order, as respectable because of its age as its utility, has made it triumph over time and its adversaries, despite the attacks that some of its members have brought upon it, either through their personal vices, or by the multiple abuses they had tried to introduce into it. If it has lost some of its former splendor in a few lands in Europe it is to these corrupt members that this must be attributed, the common people having unfairly changed their opinion of the entire Body due to what shocked them in the behavior of a few, who, despite the fine name by which they presented themselves, were however complete foreigners to the Masonic Order. But the same virtues which have been preserved can still return it to all its glory, and similarly it has never… Continue reading

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France (GLMF)

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France is an essentially humanistic, philosophical and progressive institution.

Its purpose is the research of truth, the study of ethics and the practice of solidarity.

It works to improve material and moral, intellectual and social development of humanity.

Its principles are: mutual tolerance, respect for others and oneself.

It proclaims the principle of secularism considered as the opposition to all alienations, including any dogmatic influence.

It refers to the absolute freedom of conscience, that is to say, the right of every Freemason to believe in the truth of his choice or not to believe.

Its motto is:

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France has a duty to extend to all mankind the fraternal ties that unite the Freemasons.

It recommends to its initiates to participate in social and cultural public life and to disseminate the fruits of their research by their example, subject to the strict observance of the Masonic secret.

The Freemason’s duty under all circumstances, is to help, inform, protect his brothers and sisters and to defend them against injustice.

The Mixed Grand Lodge of France honors any work that improves the Human Being.

Loyal to the traditions and information… Continue reading

The Feminine Grand Lodge of France (GLFF)

The Feminine Grand Lodge of France is the oldest French Feminine Grand Lodge. It initiates women who become Sisters. Brothers of all GLFF recognized Grand Lodges can come as visitors in its lodges. However, it happens that the Lodge leaves Brothers visitors outside the Temple so that the Lodge conducts its “family business”.

 

History of the Feminine Grand Lodge of France

The Feminine Grand Lodge of France was established from the Lodges of Adoption1 of the Grand Lodge of France. Each mixed lodge of Adoption was led by a masculine Lodge. Thus, for a specific ritual, many Freemasons spouses had access to a masonry of their own. Lodges of adoptions have flowered in the 19th century.

The first lodge of adoption from which the Feminine Grand Lodge of France was lit in 1901. She was built on “Le Libre Examen2 “, Nr 217. This attempt did not last long. In 1906, the “La Nouvelle Jérusalem3 ” Lodge, Nr 378 on the board of the Grand Lodge of France, requested permission to create a lodge of adoption. The adoption Lodge Nr 376bis is created on May 31, 1907.

Until 1935, several other Lodges of the Grand Lodge… Continue reading

The French National Grand Lodge case (GLNF)

Since 1913, the year of its foundation, the French National Grand Lodge (GLNF) came to be the only French Grand Lodge in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England. 

Unfortunately, driven by business and personal interests, key elements of this organization have lost their original splendor and often their Masonic character.  This has become especially true in recent years.

Some illustrations can be provided: these are some relevant facts widely accepted as true. It has a pyramidal structure (no Lodge is a single association unto itself but is a part of the same GLNF Legal Association), the fact that the Grand Master is really not replaceable, rather he is not elected by the Lodges or even by their representatives, the fact that he proclaimed himself spiritual master of the structure, the fact that there are non-Mason security guards at the entrance to protect the Brothers in their meetings, that this structure is bogged down in international political affairs, the truth that police files concerning normal background checks of applicants have been used by other members for their own purposes, etc., etc..  These are illustrative of a way that has seriously departed from Freemasonry.

In this context,… Continue reading

The Initiatic and Traditional Order of the Royal Art (OITAR)

The Initiatiic and Traditional Order of the Art Royal (OITAR) is a historically recent Grand Lodge. It is born from the desire of its founders to use the Operative Rite of Solomon. It now has over a thousand members, spreaded in less than 50 Lodges in France, but also abroad (Canada: 1 Lodge and Madagascar: 3 Lodges).

 

History of the Initiatic and Traditional Order of the Royal Art

The history of the Initiatic and Traditional Order of the Royal Art is the same than the rite the Grand Lodge practices : The Operative Rite of Solomon.

The Operative Rite of Solomon is based on the Masonic, Operative and Companionic Traditions. It was formed after many years of research by Brothers at the Grand Orient of France. It consists of nine degrees. It is governed by a Supreme Council, its sole guardian.

In 1971, the “Les Hommes”1 Lodge is created in the Grand Orient of France to experience this Rite. This rite having a strong spiritual connotation, but also addressing both brothers as sisters, it became necessary for 9 Brothers of “Les Hommes” Lodge to create a new grand lodge with the Operative Rite of Solomon practiced in its… Continue reading

The Grand Priory of Gauls (GPDG)

Born in France, the Rectified Scottish Rite has been preserved and continues to be practiced in its original purity and integrity under the aegis of several Grand Priories, including the Grand Priory of the Gauls, independent and sovereign. It retains all the rituals in their entirety, as well as the original Constitution: The Masonic Code of  Reunite & Rectified lodges of France and General Regulations of the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (CBCS) 1778. He practices in an original and authentic way, in Regime mainly the Rectified Scottish Rite.

Grand Priory of the Gauls is not in the precise sense of the term, a Templar Grand Priory. This is a  Rectified Scottish Rite Grand Priory. However, according to the expressed wishes of its founders, it claims having a spiritual filiation with the medieval Knights Templar.

 

History of the Grand Priory of the Gauls

Grand Priory of the Gauls (GPDG) is an international masonic body administering the Rectified Scottish Rite. It was founded in France in 1935 by the Independent Grand Priory of Helvetia. A directly GPDG dependent Rectified1 Grand Lodge was also created. This Grand Lodge practiced the RER (Rectified Scottish Rite, known as RER in France)… Continue reading

The French National Lodge (LNF)

The French National Lodge is a small regular French Grand Lodge which aim is to promote the traditional teaching of operative and speculative Masonry. Its members have very fraternal relations with other Grand Lodges.

 

History of the French National Lodge (From Antoine P:.)

The French National Lodge (LNF) was officially born on April 26, 1968, from the decision of three lodges having regular charters of the French National Grand Lodge (Opera), to federate. These three Lodges were Jean Theophilus Desaguliers lodge, James Anderson lodge and la Fidélité Lodge1 .

The first of these lodges, founded in Paris using the Rectified Scottish Rite, worked according to the Restored Modern French Rite (later called Traditional French Rite), the second in Lille, was incorporated to Modern French Rite, and the third, also in Paris, practiced the English Emulation Rite. They became, in that order, the first three Lodges on the board of the Federation.

Brothers who took the decision to found the French National Lodge, under the leadership of Brother René Guilly also known as René Desaguliers (1921-1992), one of the greatest scholars of French Masonry, have done so because their traditional rigor needs and their desire to return to the… Continue reading

The Grand Lodge of the French Masonic Alliance (GL-AMF)

The new and emerging history of the Grand Lodge of the Masonic French Alliance was substantively immersed with that of the older French National Grand Lodge (GLNF) until 2012.

History of the French National Grand Lodge

The French National Grand Lodge is itself a relatively recent Grand Lodge. It was born into light in the early twentieth-century from the desire of a group of Masons of the Grand Orient of France to restore and thence forward practice the Rectified Scottish Rite in France.

In 1910, Camille Savoire and Edouard de Ribaucourt brought the Rectified Scottish Rite to life with the support of the Grand Priory of Helvetia, a Swiss Masonic Body managing the higher grades of the Rectified Scottish Rite. They strengthened the “The Center of Friends Lodge,1 “, the name of a now defunct lodge which had been working the Rectified Scottish Rite until 1838.

On the 15th of March, 1911, the Grand Orient of France and the Grand Priory of Helvetia signed an agreement with the “The Center of Friends Lodge” permitting it to work the Rectified Scottish Rite under the auspices of the Grand Orient of France.

However, in 1913, the Grand Orient of France opposed… Continue reading