The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord in the British Isles and its Districts and Consistories Overseas
Provincial Grand Senatus of
Why Join the Order of the Scarlet Cord?
A leaflet available for all Princes of the OSM can be downloaded from here.
What is the Order of the Scarlet Cord?
The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord is a separate Sovereign Body which was inaugurated as such on 21st July 2010.
It is an Order dedicated to extending the learning's and friendships which have begun within the Order of the Secret Monitor and is therefore only open to those who have been admitted Princes of the Order of the Secret Monitor.
There are three Grades which are based upon the cardinal virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and which expand upon the symbolism of the Secret Monitor rituals, before teaching more of the lineage of David and his ancestors. As well as these three Grades there are a further three Grades which are conferred by the Most Distinguished Grand Summus upon Past Presidents of Consistories by invitation on a periodic basis.
History of the Order of the Scarlet Cord
The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord was first introduced into this country by His Honour Judge Frederick Adolphus Philbrick KC in 1889, The Order was derived from 18th century documents in the Amsterdam Masonic archives in the Netherlands.
Candidates were required to be Princes of the Order of the Secret Monitor and also be members of the OSM Benevolent Fund.
As time passed, however, membership of the Order languished and by the early 20th century it ceased to exist at all, except as an archive in the vaults of Mark Masons Hall.
However following the discovery of these archives towards the end of the last century, the then Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor decided that these ceremonies should be revived and in 2006 he consecrated The Scarlet Cord Conclave No 500 with the authority to transpose itself into a Consistory and confer Grades of the Scarlet Cord upon senior members of the Order of the Secret Monitor.
By 2010 the ceremonies had become so popular that there were 62 Secret Monitor Conclaves dedicated to the Scarlet Cord and these were constituted into a new Sovereign Body at a splendid inauguration ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall, London on the 21st July 2010.
Since then the Order has continued to grow and by the time of the Grand Senatus meeting in May 2015 there were over 100 Consistories formed in 27 Provinces.
A more detailed history of the Order and the Grades associated with it can be found on the official website of the Order.
Provincial Grand Senatus of West Yorkshire
The Provincial Grand Senatus of West Yorkshire was constituted by the Most Distinguished Grand Summus, Andrew Christopher Sweeney at Westbourne House, Otley on Thursday 8th May 2014 with Right Distinguished Companion Graeme Hutchinson appointed, obligated, invested and installed as the first Provincial Grand Summus. On Saturday 23rd September 2017 Right Distinguished Companion John Marrison was appointed, obligated, invested and installed as the second Provincial Grand Summus.
The Province currently consists of three Consistories.
So why should I join the Order of the Scarlet Cord?
If you can answer YES to the following statements then the Scarlet Cord is for you and I would earnestly recommend you speak either with a member known to you or contact the Provincial Recorder.
• Do you enjoy the Order of the Secret Monitor?
• Do you wish to learn more of the symbolism of the Princes Degree?
• Do you wish to learn more of David’s ancestors including Rahab, Ruth and Boaz?
• Do you take pride in West Yorkshire being a strong Province?
Remember the Order is only open to members of the Order of the Secret Monitor and as such it is an Order for you.