Swedish Rite

Freemasonry that is worked in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. A slight variation is common in parts of Germany under the Grosse Landesloge der Freimaurer von Deutschland. The Rite is divided into three divisions: St. John's (Craft) degrees (I–III), St. Andrew's (Scottish) degrees (IV–VI) and the Chapter degrees (VII–X). In addition one may attain the XIth degree, although only a very few gain this.

Progression from one degree to the next is not automatic. A brother not only has to be in regular attendance, but also has to show that he has a certain proficiency and knowledge of Freemasonry. The Swedish Rite, like the Knights Templar in the York Rite demand brethren be Christian, and not just that they believe in a supreme being.


St. John's degrees

I Apprentice
II Fellow Craft
III Master Mason

St. Andrew's degrees

IV Apprentice of St. Andrew
V Companion of St. Andrew (conferred with the fourth degree)
VI Master of St. Andrew

Chapter degrees

VII Very Illustrious Brother, Knight of the East
VIII Most Illustrious Brother, Knight of the West
IX Enlightened Brother of St. John's Lodge
X Very Enlightened Brother of St. Andrew's Lodge

Grand Council honorary degree

XI Most Enlightened Brother, Knight Commander of the Red Cross


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