The Rectified Scottish Rite was created in late XVIII century by the great French mystic and ritualist Jean-BatisteWillermoz (1730-1824) and upheld by the Universal Masonic conventions of Gaulles (1778) and Wilhelmsbad (1782). At present, it is the most ancient of the authentic Masonic degree systems of the XVIII century, that retain the primary forms, spirit and the continious filiation transmission. This system of morality and philosophy of Christian spiritual knighthood allows the members to unite in attaining spiritual perfection on the basis of the virtues of the New Testament and the results of moral quests of the grand esoteric thinkers of the Enlightenment epoch. The tradition of the Rectified Scottish Rite had been never broken in Russia until the total government’s ban of Freemasonry in 1822.
The works of the Rectified Scottish Rite are held in Russia under the Constitution of the Grand Lodge and the Grand Priory of Occitania of the III Province of the Order of Rectified and Reformed Freemasonry. In the future, the Russian obedience of the Rectified Scottish Rite is planning to strengthen the Rite in the country and gradually move towards the reestablishment of the historic VIII Province of the Order that had after the Wilhelmsbad convention become the core and stem of the Russian freemasonry, famed by the names of Nikolay Novikov, Ivan Lopukhin, Mikhail Kheraskov, Ivan Schwarz, Mikhail Vonvisin.
On September 25, 2016, at the Orient of Moscow, the Latona Worshipful Lodge No 24 was installed and consecrated under the auspices of the Grand Scottish Rectified and Reformed Lodge of Occitania. It consists of Russian Master Masons who had chosen for themselves the path of Masonic self-improvement within the Rectified Scottish Rite.
Earlier, on April 6, 2013, the Grand Directory of this Rite installed and consecrated in Paris the Golden Lion Scottish Lodge No 20 for works in Russia.
On September 23, 2016, a highly representative delegation of the Austrasia Prefecture of the Grand Chapter of the III Province Occitanie of the Order, headed by its Most Reverend Prefect, visited Moscow, where it constituted and created the first-ever in contemporary Russia Commanderie of the Order “Mount Thabor”, as well as duly installed its legitimate Commander.
The official website of the Grand Scottish Rectified and Reformed Lodge of Occitania: http://www.rite-ecossais-rectifie.org/
Messages to the RER administration in Russia and entrance applications to be sent to: The admission to the Lodge.