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History of York Rite

By the authority of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany dated 18 April 1959 this chapter was accordingly formed as a just and duly constituted Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, bearing the name of Heidelberg Chapter and numbered "4 " on the roll of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany.

On 14 February 1959 Heidelberg Council number " 2 " was granted a charter and added on the roll of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Germany.

On 15 April 1960 Heidelberg Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America was formed in the City of Heidelberg, Germany and thereby completing what is known today as the Heidelberg York Rite Bodies.

For more than 50 years Heidelberg York Rite Bodies have carried the torch of York Rite Freemasonry forward not only here in Germany but also throughout Europe. Many of the Grand Chapters and Grand Councils and Commanderies in Europe were founded on receiving their " first Light " in the Heidelberg York Rite Bodies. Today Italy. Austria, Greece, Portugal, Monaco and Romania can claim Heidelberg as their cradle of the York Rite journey to their own sovereignty in their respective countries.

All this was possible of the hard and dedicated work of hundreds Masons and the officers who unselfishly served these Bodies over the years. Today the work continues and the Heidelberg York Rite Bodies consider themselves as a solid corner stone for York Rite Freemasonry and for the future.

 
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