Chapter of Rose Croix
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Degrees, known as the Philosophical and Doctrinal Degrees of the Scottish Rite, are conferred in a Chapter of Rose Croix. They open a new development of Masonic teaching and are a distinct departure and advance from the symbolism and teaching of the Symbolic Lodge and of the preceding Scottish Rite Degrees. These deal with the first Temple and its supporting columns, and the attempt to restore and maintain the old worship in a second temple reared upon the ruins of the first. Neither endured. The Rose Croix degrees are the spiritual center and among the most important in the whole body of Freemasonry, emphasizing a new law that the only lasting Temple is in the soul of man. The Dispensation for Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix was granted on July 19, 1909 and the Charter was received from the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., N.M.J. on September 22, 1910.