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The York Rite, also known as the Ancient Craft of Freemasonry, is one of the systems of Masonic rituals and degrees practised within Freemasonry. This rite is one of the two principal Masonic rites practised in North America as well as the United Kingdom and some other regions of the world, with the other being the Scottish Rite.


This rite consists of various degrees or ceremonies, which Masons must complete as they progress in their Masonic journey. Some of the most well-known degrees in the York Rite include the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, which are the basic degrees of Blue Lodge Freemasonry.


In addition to these fundamental degrees, the York Rite includes other degrees and ceremonies that are conferred within the Appendant Bodies such as the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the Council of Cryptic Masons and the Commandery of Knight Templars, respectively. 

Each degree in the York Rite contains moral and symbolic lessons, and Masons study these degrees to deepen their understanding of Masonic principles and their own personal and spiritual development. The York Rite is also known for its emphasis on morality and character building.

It's important to note that Freemasonry is a discreet and secretive organization, and the specific details of rituals and degrees may vary by jurisdiction and lodge where it is practised. Each Grand Lodge or Masonic body has its authority over the practice of the York Rite in its respective area.


York Grand Lodge of Mexico, F.&A.M. encourages its members to join the following Appendant Bodies once they have achieved the Master Mason degree:

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the United Mexican States: With jurisdiction in the whole county, the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the United Mexican States is the only entity authorised to confer the capitular degrees in this territory. Here you may receive the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Excellent Master and Royal Arch Mason.

Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the United Mexican States: In order to complete your progress after obtaining the Royal Arch degrees, the  Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the United Mexican States offers you the possibility of getting the degrees of Royal Master, Select Master and Most Excellent Master with international recognition. 

Within Freemasonry, there are various related bodies and organizations that offer additional membership opportunities and exploration of specific themes. These bodies typically require a Mason to be a member of a symbolic or blue lodge before joining. Here are some examples of related Masonic bodies:

Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine: It is a fraternal organization associated with Freemasonry. While the Shriners have their own distinct identity and purpose, they are closely linked to Freemasonry, as membership in a Masonic lodge is a prerequisite for joining the Shriners. Our members work closely with Anezeh Shriners. 

This is just an example of related Masonic bodies. Each one has its own rituals, degrees, and objectives, and they offer Masons the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Masonic principles and participate in Masonry-related activities. If you want more information about other Masonic bodies, please get in touch with your local secretary. 



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