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The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord


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The current Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord is based on an earlier Order, The Royal Order of Knights of the Scarlet Cord, developed in the British Isles in 1889, which was itself derived from 18th Century documents from the Amsterdam Masonic archives.

The rituals and ceremonies were rewritten and enriched by His Honour Judge Fredrick Adolphus Philbrick, KC, and were performed as appendant grades to the Order of the Secret Monitor. The rituals of the Order are taken from Old Testament times, commencing at the period of Joshua, the fall of Jericho and the story of Rahab. The main purpose was to raise considerable sums of money for the Secret Monitor Benevolent Fund, which still plays a significant role in Masonic welfare provision today. The Order ceased working in 1929.

A paper on the original Order written and delivered in 2001 by Peter Glyn Williams, the then Grand Supreme Ruler of the Secret Monitor, stimulated interest in the long-forgotten rituals. In 2006 a Secret Monitor Conclave was Consecrated with the sole purpose of reviving the old Order and conferring updated versions of the original six grades, some of which only remained in fragmented form. A huge appetite for the grades among Secret Monitors led to the Order being inaugurated as a separate Sovereign body in a magnificent ceremony in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall on 21 July 2010.

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Address by The Most Distinguished Grand Summus -2018

Address by The Most Distinguished Grand Summus
Ian Stanley Currans
to the Annual Convocation of Grand Senatus
Thursday 3 May 2018

Companions, my first task tOSC Currans 800his afternoon is to welcome you all once again to Grand Senatus and to thank you for coming in such numbers. This attendance is staggering and reflects a fast-growing enthusiasm for our Order. Can I also thank you for electing me as Grand Summus. Many of you will know that I have been involved, apart from a brief sabbatical, at virtually every stage in the Order’s resuscitation and development. So, to stand here today as Grand Summus in the Grand Temple bursting at the seams is the realisation of a dream.

Can I also express again, now in his absence, our immense gratitude to Most Distinguished Companion Andrew Sweeney for a wonderful term of Office. He will be, as they say, a hard act to follow but as many of you know me personally, you will anticipate the dedication that I will give to the role.

On behalf of the whole Order, I congratulate those appointed to or promoted in, Grand Rank just now. You have all worked hard and your efforts thus far have been rewarded. But it doesn’t end there Companions and there are always opportunities through Grand Rank and our Grades system for further advancement for those who commit themselves to the growth and development of our Order. Your efforts from now on will again be recognized and, I promise you, rewarded. I am the only person invested today who can’t go any further.

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M.Dist.Comp. Ian S. Currans
Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Howard S. Markham
Assistant Grand Summus


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