The SRIA is an independent Christian Society. All its members being Master Masons of Lodges recognised as regular by the United Grand Lodge of England.

The "Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia" does not, however, constitute another interesting degree in Freemasonry, to be acquired In the course of ordinary Masonic progress. It is something beyond and outside Freemasonry.

The Ritual and Grades

The Society has 9 Grades that are divided into three 'Orders'.

The first 'Order' comprises 4 learning grades and these are entitled Zelator, Theoricus, Practicus and Philosophus.

The second Order comprises 3 teaching grades - Adeptus Minor, Adeptus Major and Adeptus Exemptus.

The third Order comprises the 2 ruling grades.

The learning grades introduce the Brother to such subjects as the esoteric meaning of numbers and colours. In the short lectures, the candidate is invited to contemplate the symbolism of these subjects and how they might reflect within himself, and how he relates to everything about him.

In the third grade the subject of alchemy is introduced, and once again the candidate is made aware that it is his alchemical work to transmute the base metal of himself into the true and purified gold of the spirit.

In the fourth grade there is a lecture on comparative philosophy. This emphasises the fact that no single creed or belief can claim the monopoly on God, but that each holds certain truths that must be distilled from the dross. No diamond can be seen in its totality, but a close examination of each facet will each yield a clue as to the nature of the whole.

The second Order brings the candidate to dwell on the subject that preoccupies the Craft 3rd Degree, and invites him to contemplate the gateway that this offers. Here he is introduced to those "Paths of Heavenly Science" and the "Tree of Life" wherein lies the truth about himself and the pathways to the attainment of those "Immortal Mansion from whence all goodness emanates". Here the candidate is given a glimpse of that mystical vision that we will all hope to see in due time.

In truth the Society does not describe itself as 'Masonic' but one of the requirements is that each candidate must be a Mason. The other requirement is a belief in the Christian faith - not that is because of any dogmatic reason, but because the symbolism that was close to the originators' hearts, was that of Christian Rosencreutz, a name that was believed by many to be a play on the word "Christian Rosy Cross".

John Paternoster
Supreme Magus


Admission to the Society is limited to Master Masons who are subscribing members of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England or a jurisdiction in amity with Grand Lodge and who accept and believe in the fundamental principles of the Trinitarian Christian faith. A candidate is required to be proposed and seconded by members of the Society and elected by ballot.


A solitary jewel suspended from a Green Ribbon for Fratres in the First Order, a Yellow Ribbon for Adepts in the Second Order, and a Red Ribbon for those in the Ruling Grades of the Third Order.

Certain College Officers, Celebrants, Past Celebrants, Provincial Officers and High Council Representatives wear additional regalia.

For further details and information on the structure, overall philosophies and aims of the Society go to:-


The Society was formed just over one hundred and twenty years ago and has, during that time, exercised the minds of many of its learned members, as well as writers of works dealing with Alchemical, Mystical, Spiritual and other kindred esoteric subjects.

As the name implies it is an Order of Rosicrucian philosophy, but its exact origins, like so many other similar Societies, cannot be precisely traced. Suffice it to say there are reports of such Societies in operation during the mid nineteenth Century.

However in the early years of the twentieth century, two notable Brothers took a very active hand in the development of this Society, namely Wynn Westcott and MacGregor Mathers (both of magical fame) and it was developed and expanded by Arthur Waite into other very deep, spiritual and sublime Orders, such as the "Fellowship of the Rosy Cross" and "The Life of the Rose".

The Order opens the vistas of Masonry far beyond what which any Brother might expect. Yet for the true seeker and for that Brother who has been searching for "he knows not what", but that he knows that there is an answer to the meaning of life, it does open a way to the heights of knowledge and understanding. It is not that knowledge in itself, but rather it is an introductory gateway into those higher levels of existence.

As the Craft holds all the necessary symbolic 'keys' to the meaning and work of our lives so the S.R.I.A. holds similar symbolic 'keys' to the work of Creation and the place that we hold therein.


The Society is organised in nine grades, each having its appropriate ritual. In addition to working the ceremonies, members are encouraged to read original papers or extracts from the works of others, and to join in the discussions that arise. Its members should be prepared, not only to take part in its ceremonies, but to listen and learn, and by study and giving to others the results of that study, to take an active part in working out the great problems of life, and understanding the wisdom, art and literature of the Ancient World.

Thus the object of the society is to bring together Freemasons of philosophic outlook in order that they may afford aid and encouragement to each other in the pursuit of their own studies in philosophy and scholarship in the widest sense. Ultimately, its object is to bring its members a few steps nearer to wisdom and an understanding of the true nature of reality.

Colleges are established in London and in other large centres In England and the Commonwealth. The Society is independent of, but closely associated with, its sister Society in Scotland.

The High Council of the Society has a valuable library of some three thousand volumes at its premises at Stanfield Hall, 88 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1 RE, which is available to members of the Society. Members of Colleges outside London who wish to borrow books from the library should get in touch with members of the High Council representing their College. A Study Group meets monthly and provides opportunities for mutual intellectual intercourse.



Supreme Magus
MW Frater John R Paternoster IXo

Senior Substitute Magus
RW Frater Brian Price IXo

Junior Substitute Magus
RW Frater Peter Trewern IXo

RW Frater John H Wickes, ACR, VIII° 9°
Tel. 01582 611546
Email - john.wickes@ntlworld.com

RW Frater John E Peck VIII°
Tel. 01672 521107
Email - john@abbeycrown.com

RW Frater W Bill Reed 9°
Tel 01923 242535

VW Frater Stephen P Murphy VII°
Tel. 020 8386 8399
Email - stephen_murphy@cuk.canon.co.uk



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