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Swedish Rite

dfreybur

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I would generally agree, however United Grand Lodge Victoria does have an official Masonic Passport. It's purpose is not really for international visiting, but to record your degrees, and completion of prerequisite Education Modules before advancement in each Degree.

The chain of progression through the three degrees here is;
Initiation (immediately following which the Masonic Passport should be presented).
Masonic Advancement Program 1 (known as MAP1) - and educational presentation with Q&A attended following a degree.
Fellow Craft Degree
MAP 2
Master Mason Degree
MAP 3
Presentation of Master Mason's Certificate.

These are recorded in a "Masonic Passport" which is held by the Brother and presented at Initiation. It is then signed by the WM and Sec for each Degree, and an official Grand Lodge MAP presenter. We do not have dues cards here, so if they are presented within the financial year when last signed, they can be used as an indication of being financial, but once you have your MM Certificate, they really just become a momento and I would test any brother presenting one at all stages of his career. The intent of the Passport is to show you have completed the Degree and the corresponding MAP before being advanced - that is a Constitutional Requirement here.

I am familiar with that through the Scottish Rite. In my jurisdictions the lodge maintains a record of the first three degrees, but the valley hands each Brother his own record of degrees 4 through 32.

I originally thought the reasons for that is some of the degrees are mandatory to witness in full so they get marked in the passport before it is issued to the new SR member. The optional degrees are "communicated" or described rather than presented on stage. Many Brothers travel to various valleys to see the optional degrees. I've taken my wife out of town for weekends to be able to see one degree then go out sight seeing with her.
 

hanzosbm

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I see that several of the SweR Masons here have discussed their degrees and also hoping to proceed to higher degrees. What kinds of timeframes and requirements are there to advance within the Swedish Rite?
 

hfmm97

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According to Wikipedia the 10th degree average time to receive it is 21 years assuming you are active


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hfmm97

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The Masonic Roundtable on Youtube also has an episode dedicated to the Swedish Rite-looks expensive (need formal wear and swords/aprons for each degree


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hfmm97

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I think that 10th degree in the Swedish Rite is either 32nd or 33rd degree in AASR BUT visitation from the USA/Canada is a VERY COMPLEX matter


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Elexir

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I see that several of the SweR Masons here have discussed their degrees and also hoping to proceed to higher degrees. What kinds of timeframes and requirements are there to advance within the Swedish Rite?

About 20 years, depends on activity and how many people are waiting for degrees. Its also faster for officers.

The Masonic Roundtable on Youtube also has an episode dedicated to the Swedish Rite-looks expensive (need formal wear and swords/aprons for each degree

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In Sweden we have choice of suit or tails. In Denmark only tails are allowed.

We only have one set of regalia at the time and turn in our previous when we get a new degree. The regalia is owned by the lodge, custom aprons are forbidden.
When I got my IV-V° I turned in my III° regalia as I only wear my new regalia. This means that we dont wear craft regalia if we have IV-V° or higher. I dont know about swords in Denmark but in sweden its optional to own.
 

chrmc

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I think that 10th degree in the Swedish Rite is either 32nd or 33rd degree in AASR BUT visitation from the USA/Canada is a VERY COMPLEX matter
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Not necessarily. Scottish Rite Journal and Monitor has a conversion chart, and most Grand Lodges also have a conversion. I've just been involved in updating the one for GLoDenmark.
Biggest problem can often be to get a hold of the right people within the organization that knows it.

But I would suggest to never let that hold you back if you want to visit. The degrees and the rooms are some of the coolest in Masonry, so they should be seen if you've got a chance. If any issues are faced, ask for help on this board. I think we have brethren that are pretty well connected in the various Nordic countries on here as far as I can see.
 
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