Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Sublime Council of the Modern Rite for Ecuador - SCRME

The Sublime Council of the Modern Rite for Ecuador is the only independent philosophical potency to practice the Five Orders of Wisdom in the territory of the Republic of Ecuador. It responds to the needs in those Orients desiring to work all the Degrees of the Modern or French Rite as an uninterrupted and faithful lineage both of historical rituals of the Grand Chapter General of France, 1784, as well as of the universal values and principles inherent in this rite, with a patent under the UMURM headed by the Supreme Commander of the Supreme Council of the Modern Rite of Brazil, the only Philosophical Potency to have maintained the original integrity of the Modern or French Rite 1784 and to have transmitted that rite unchanged to successive generations.

Ecuadorian Masonry, very hospitable and open, has been quite active in recent years with various Masonic Lodges and bodies opening new lodges, both plural and diverse, offering a variety of perspectives of Freemasonry suitable for all kinds of sensitivities and understandings of the Royal Art.

Unfortunately, the Modern or French Rite was insufficiently present, and this was due and not only the expansion of other numerically dominant ritual forms, but also by the lack of Legitimate independent bodies that could support the entire range of Initiatory Degrees in the Modern or French Rite.

True to their spirit of freedom, many brothers and sisters, eager to deepen their knowledge of the Modern Rite, did not hesitate to join efforts to learn more, share and implement the Masonic and fraternal interaction that is only achievable through exchange visits and adopting an open but critical mind. So finally, today the presence of the Modern French Rite is a reality in Ecuador.

In keeping with the true practice of liberty and fraternity, the SCRM for Ecuador is defined as transnational despite being the guarantor of the regularity of the practice of all the Orders of Wisdom for the Republic of Ecuador and housed historic in the city of Quito, opening its doors to Brothers or Sisters regularly received in corresponding degree, while also extending its work to other areas outside their national territory.

This free practice, respectful of tradition, but in turn responsible and modern with its eyes on the future, represents a breath of fresh air in the international scene of the Modern Rite.

Thanks to Joaquim Villalta and John Slifko

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