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Saturday, November 28, 2009

McClenachan's 'Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite' Reprinted

Michael Poll's Cornerstone Book Publishers keeps finding new ways to part Masons eager for education from their hard-earned cash. His newest item that dangles like a shiny dangly thing this Christmas is especially of interest to Scottish Rite Masons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. It is a facsimile reprint of Charles T. McClenachan's Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, originally published in 1884 (there was a later revision in 1914). It was the only real monitor published by the AASR-NMJ, which has altered and rearranged its degrees substantially ever since. At the time of its publication, the NMJ had adopted some of Albert Pike's revised rituals from the Southern Jurisdiction, and McClenachan gives Pike credit where it is due. But many of the degrees were very different from the SJ, even then.

The book also contains statutes of the period, along with curiosities like a Scottish Rite baptism ceremony (in case you thought only the SJ was circulating such rituals), a Hebrew calendar, Grand Constitutions of 1786, a Lodge of Sorrow ritual, and much more.

Book of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
Charles T. McClenachan
616 pages
Cornerstone Book Publishers (November 7, 2009)
ISBN-10: 193493562X
Available from Amazon for $29.95

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