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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 Rectified Grand Lodge was also created. This Grand Lodge practiced the RER (Rectified Scottish Rite, known as RER in France) in… 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 Lodge .

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 exact… 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, “, 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 any… Continue reading