Having finally discovered the missing link in the Master Mason degree and recovered the foundations of our Craft, the journey to personal enlightenment continues in two additional degrees of the York Rite system styled the Royal and Select Masters. Just as the story of ancient craft Masonry centers around the loss and discovery of a Word that represents a man’s search for life’s purpose and the nature of God, the degrees of Cryptic Masonry explain the importance of the Word and its initial preservation. These important degrees have been in existence in Masonry for two hundred years. They are essential to a full understanding of the quest of Hiram, and how his quest applies to each Mason today.


Templarism is one of the engaging reasons why men for centuries have joined the York Rite of Freemasonry. To be a Knight Templar attaches us to the earliest customs of knighthood. More than that, it enables us to express through Masonic ritual the lasting appeal of merging the traditions of knighthood with faith; the ultimate expression of Christian love of Brotherhood.

There is an exploding interest in Templarism today, especially in America. With the popularity of movies and books with Templar themes, it is perhaps surprising to learn the Knights Templar still exist.

But we do; and think it important the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God be expressed every time we meet.


The degrees and orders of the York Rite are conferred in the intimate setting of local lodge rooms, with the added dramatic benefit of live theater. The lessons of the Rite are a direct continuation of the craft degrees of Masonry.

According to Oklahoma Masonic Law, the York Rite is open to all Master Masons who have been Master Masons for at least six months or passed their proficiency in the third degree of Masonry; and to all Scottish Rite Masons who have not yet become Companions and Knights of the York Rite.

To inquire about joining, contact the
Grand Secretary-Recorder at: