York Rite Chairs

The "Chair Degrees" of York Rite masonry, so called as the candidate must be the installed or a past presiding officer of the respective York Rite body. They may also differ somewhat in name or character from one jurisdiction to another.


Order of High Priesthood

A chair degree conferred upon installed or past High Priests. Sometimes referred to as the Anointed Order of High Priesthood.  In antiquity, this degree was known as the Order of Melchizadek.


Thrice Illustrious Master

A chair degree conferred upon installed or past Illustrious Masters.  It is also known as the Order of the Silver Trowel from the jewel of the degree.


Knight Crusader of the Cross

A chair degree conferred upon installed or past Eminent Commanders.


Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor

All present and Past Commanders of Constituent and Subordinate Commanderies of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America in a jurisdiction where there is not any Chapter of the Order may petition for membership in the Order of Knights Preceptor.
The Grand Chapter of the Order of Knights Preceptor meets annually at the time and place of the Annual Meeting of the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America.