Millersville Lodge #126 is a “Blue Lodge.” That means that we confer the first three masonic degrees: entered apprentice, fellow craft and master Mason. After a brother receives his master Mason degree, he is as much a Mason as he will ever be. However, the journey does not have to stop there. Many Masons choose to increase their involvement at their Lodge or join other organizations that are part of the Masonic family, called appended bodies.
Organizations Meeting at Millersville Lodge
The York Rite is a body of Freemasonry that evolved from England. The brothers who founded this organization base their lessons on Hebrew scripture and serve to answer questions posed by the master Mason Degree. This organization culminates in the order of the temple, or knights templar. Thus, this is one of two Christian-specific branches of Masonry.
The Order of the Eastern Star (OES) is a part of the Masonic institution for Mason’s and their wives and adult daughters. The OES officers take their station names from the old testament women prophets, thus, this is the other Christian-based Masonic organization.
Originally founded in Europe on many army bases, the gordian knot is a fun ceremony. The overall governing body calls Millersville home and confers this ceremony once or twice a year.
Other Appended Bodies in Indianapolis
One well-known appended body is the Indianapolis Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, or just Scottish Rite for short. The Scottish Rites meet in “valleys” and there are several across the state. In Indianapolis, we are fortunate to have the Scottish Rite Cathedral, one of the most spectacular Masonic buildings in the world.
If you hear someone say they are a 33rd degree mason, that means they are a member of the Scottish Rite.
The Murat Shrine is the local Shrine club. While not officially a Masonic institution, you must be a Mason to join the Shrine. The Shriners are a fun group of Masons who do a lot of good in the world. Their philanthropy funds the Shrine Children’s Hospitals, which provides services to children in need, totally free of charge. On a lighter note, these are the guys you see in parades driving small cars and wearing fez hats.
Masonic Governing Bodies
The Grand Lodge is the governing body of Free & Accepted Mason Lodges in Indiana.
The Prince Hall Lodges are well-recognized Masonic Lodges that were formed in early American History by Prince Hall to bring the fraternity to black men before the traditional grand Lodges realized equality.