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What’s the difference between a Lodge, a Chapter, and a Council?

Not a lot really, if you only think of them as names used for the local divisions or bodies of Masonic organizations.

However, when used properly they can precisely designate an organization. Masons seem to have had fun picking “good” names for their local bodies. A partial list of the names of Masonic bodies is given below.


Craft, Symbolic, Blue (1°–3°);

Perfection (4°–14°);

Mark Master Masons;

Royal Ark Mariners;

St. Lawrence the Martyr


St. Thomas of Acon


Royal Arch;

Rose Croix (15°–18°, S.J./17°–18°, N.M.J.);

Order of Knights Preceptors


Masonic Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis;

York Rite Sovereign College;

Grand College of Rites


Knights Templar (U.S. local & state);

St. John the Evangelist


Red Cross of Constantine;

Secret Monitor


30°–32°, S.J./19°–32°, N.M.J.


Royal & Select Masters,

Princes of Jerusalem (15°–16°, N.M.J.);

Kadosh (19°–30°, S.J.),

Allied Masonic Degrees;

Knight Masons


Knights Templar (U.S. national)


Tall Cedars of Lebanon


Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm


Knights Templar (U.K.)


Knights of the York Cross of Honor, Knights Templar;

Knights Beneficent of the Holy City


Knights of the Holy Sepulchre


Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests



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