Salve Frater –

Welcome friends and brethren to the Louisiana Orient Express, the official website for the five Scottish Rite Bodies in the State of Louisiana. The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Louisiana has a most colorful history that is over 260 years old.  It pre-dates the founding of the United States.  Records indicate that a charter was issued from a Lodge in Bordeaux in 1757 for a Scottish Rite Lodge in New Orleans.  A Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection using purely Scottish Rite ritual was chartered in New Orleans in 1763.  Louisiana celebrates this connection to the Rite as several Blue Lodges in the Grand Lodge of Louisiana still operate under the Scottish Rite in New Orleans.  The New Orleans Consistory is lauded as the oldest continuously operating Scottish Rite Consistory in the World. 

Scottish Rite Bodies also exist in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport.  These Bodies serve their respective regions as the meeting place for reunions, degrees and obligatory ceremonies of the Rite.  However, every Louisiana Scottish Rite Mason in every community in our State represents the embodiment of the Scottish Rite.  The Scottish Rite is advanced citizenship and requires its members to make a difference.  Each true Scottish Rite Mason works in his own community supporting legally and duly elected leaders, opposing tyranny, promoting free thought, speech and expression, and equal rights among the people.  The Scottish Rite Creed states: Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal. 

Please take time to navigate around our website to learn much more about the Scottish Rite in Louisiana.  We hope that you will find something of interest to you.  If you desire additional information, please contact me.


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R.B.Smith , Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Louisiana