Scottish Rite Caps

 As the White Lambskin is the badge of a Mason, so is the regulation cap the badge of a Scottish Rite Mason.

 

A Purple Cap indicates that the wearer is a 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General.  This is the title of an Active Member of The Supreme Council. There is only one Active Member for any one Orient (state, territory, or country). He is the highest-ranking officer of the Rite within his jurisdiction, and, in relation to the Rite, his powers are similar to those of a Grand Master of the Symbolic Craft subject, however, to The Supreme Council and the Sovereign Grand Commander.

 

 A White Cap with a Scarlet Band indicates a 33° Deputy of the Supreme Council.  In Orients (states, territories, or countries) that do not have an Active Member, the Sovereign Grand Commander appoints a "Deputy of The Supreme Council." The Deputy has powers similar to those of a Sovereign Grand Inspector General. However, he has no vote in The Supreme Council and holds his office at the pleasure of the Sovereign Grand Commander.

 

The Grand Cross of the Court of Honour is the highest individual honor that The Supreme Council bestows. It is voted very rarely to Thirty-third Degree Masons only for the most exceptional and extraordinary services. The Grand Cross cap is white with a blue band. On the front is a replica of the Grand Cross jewel, which is composed of a Teutonic Cross, with an embroidered crimson rose with green leaves at its center.

 

 A White Cap indicates a 33° Inspector General Honorary.

 

 A Red Cap means a 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH).

 

 A Light Blue Cap means that the wearer has been a Scottish Rite Mason for fifty years or more.

 

 A Black Cap indicates that the wearer has attained the 32nd Degree.

The Supreme Council has set forth a rule for the correct wearing of the cap. When wearing the cap it shall be considered to be a part of the apparel of the wearer and shall not be removed. At the presentation of the flag, the cap shall remain in place, and the members shall stand at attention with the right hand over the heart.

During prayer the cap shall remain in place and the hands and arms shall be crossed as in the 18th Degree.

The wearing of caps is considered proper at Reunions, regularly scheduled meetings, Maundy Thursday services, Easter celebrations, and other official Scottish Rite functions.