The Ancient and Accepted Rite
The 'Rose Croix' Degree is the 18th degree of a Christian Order of Masonry known as the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry. It is claimed that the Grand Constitutions of the Order were promulgated in 1786 under the titular direction of Frederick the Great. The Order comprises thirty three degrees which increase the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian context. For this reason candidates must profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith and are required, prior to joining, to sign a declaration to this effect.
Throughout England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas the Order is governed by the Supreme Council 33o whose headquarters, known as the 'Grand
East,' is located at 10 Duke Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6BS