The Ancient and Accepted Rite originated in France in 1754 and worked in the USA where a Supreme Council was formed in 1801. The Supreme Council for England and Wales was established in 1845 under a patent from the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America.
The Rite consists of its own 33 Degrees entirely separate and distinct from any other Order. The three Craft Degrees are accepted as equivalent to the first 3 Degrees of this Rite. Candidates for Perfection are taken from the 4º to 17º Degrees by name only, prior to being made Excellent and Perfect Princes Rose Croix in a detailed and beautiful 18º Degree ceremony. This is the only degree permitted to be worked in a private Rose Croix Chapter. Candidates are eligible for election to degrees above the 18º on merit after a Past Sovereign has conducted all parts of the ceremony from the Chair of his Chapter and installed his successor. Higher Degrees are always conferred at meetings of Supreme Council.
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