Fall is rolling in, which means that Reunion season is here once again. In an effort to help our new Scottish Rite Brothers get their bearings, we’ve put together this guide to help introduce you to these gatherings. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from your first Reunion and what they’re all about.
What Is a Scottish Rite Reunion?
Most Valleys hold what we call a “Reunion” no more than a few times each spring and autumn. At its core, a Reunion is a chance for Scottish Rite Brothers to come together and continue their journey into the craft by witnessing the Scottish Rite degrees. It’s a chance to explore more deeply the ethical teachings and philosophy of Freemasonry.
Additionally, Reunions offer Masons the opportunity for social fellowship with Brothers from surrounding communities. Degree performances are accompanied by refreshments, and these breaks serve as the perfect chance to introduce yourself to your Valley Brothers. For many, Reunions are an opportunity to learn from other Brothers and build the connections that have sustained the fraternity for centuries.
New Members of the Valley of Rockville Centre Receive Their First Scottish Rite Degrees
Witnessing the Scottish Rite Degrees
The degrees of the Scottish Rite are elaborate plays, often staged with costumes, scenery, special effects, and the full rigging of a dramatic production. These productions present Masonic philosophy to help men better understand the reason and purpose of life, and thereby gain the knowledge and inspiration to improve themselves and society.
Accepted applicants seeking to become Scottish Rite Masons have the opportunity to witness the 4° and meet their new Scottish Rite Brethren at a Valley Reunion. Those hoping to become a 32º Scottish Rite Mason must witness the 4°, as well as the 32° and three additional degrees. Reunions are the only place where degrees above the 4° are presented, so it is essential to attend this event if you are hoping to reach the 32° level.
Attend a Reunion
Reunions happen every Spring and Fall in the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. To find out when your Valley will be conducting a specific degree at an upcoming Reunion, visit https://scottishritenmj.org/degree-dates.
If you'd prefer to witness a degree in the comfort of your own home, you can join us for Thursday Night at the Rite, returning January 2023.
If you would like to attend a Reunion near you, but aren't yet a Scottish Rite member, learn more about joining 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry here: https://scottishritenmj.org/join