Joseph Cerneau International Grand Lodge

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Cerneau Rite

Southern Jurisdiction

Freemasonry is a social organization that promotes charity, esteem, and love for each Brother and their families. We build a network that is worldwide to support each other in time of need. We serve our country, promote peace, and help others in need.

 

"Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love"

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in existence, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our Brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.

The Joseph Cerneau International Grand Lodge consists of elected and appointed officers which are known as the Grand Line Officers. There are also members of the Fraternity that serve on various committees, and as District Team Members who support our many subornate lodges in our Jurisdiction.

The French Rite is intimately linked to the birth of Freemasonry in France and was founded in France in 1786.

 

[1] British exiles brought the Modern rite to France and this was little by little passed onto the French Rite.

 

[2] Though this hybrid form is no longer known as the French Rite, it sometimes takes that name to distinguish it from the Scottish Rites from which it was initially formed. In order to guarantee that French Freemasonry would have a national dimension, the Grand Orient de France organised the standardisation of "Modern" hexagonal (or French, from the perceived shape of the country) rites from 1782 onwards, and in 1785 the model was fixed for the first three degrees in a "blue lodge", which showed a strong English influence in contrast to the Scottish Rites.

 

However, it was only in 1801 that the Grand Orient de France printed the rules of this rite under the title Régulateur du Maçon, containing several additions and amendments to the former version, which had circulated from lodge to lodge in discrete manuscript form. The Rite underwent several further reforms, and in 1858 the "Murat French Rite"

Other masons' research led them to Brazil and it was the Supreme Council of the Modern Rite for Brazil which finally accorded them a patent to establish a French Grand Chapter in 1989. This was a rebirth of the "Re-established Modern French Rite" after 150 years' absence, under the name "Traditional French Rite" and purging all later or external additions, modifications and influences. This makes it the closest rite to that practiced in France in the second half of the 18th century. In the words of Roger Girard, "the specificity of the French Rite is exactly what no other rite has".

 

Thus our lineage is connected there along with our Cerneau heritage.

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