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Illuminism

The system or Rite practiced lacy the German Illuminati is so called.

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ILLUSTRIOUS

A title commonly used in addressing Brethren of the Thirty-Third Degree in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Formerly the word had a more extended usefulness among the Craft. For example, there is a Minute Book preserved in the Museum of the Grand Lodge Zur Sonne at Bayreuth, Germany. This record is written in French as a report of the inauguration of the Lodge Eleusis at Bayreuth on December 4, 1741. A translation of the memorandum is as follows: The fourth of the month of December our Very Worshipful Lodge hats installed the new Lodge in the City at the Golden Eagle. The procession was arranged with beautiful ceremonies.

1. Two Bearers carrying gloves. 2. Two Stewards or Marshals with their insignia and white batons or staffs in hand. 3. The Grand Sword Bearers of the Grand Lodge. 4. The Secretary of the Grand Lodge. 5. Our Very Illustrious Master--Margrave Friedrich von Brandenburg--Bayreuth--as Grand Master of the Order, between the Wardens. 6. The new Master of the new Lodge, between laid Wardens. 7. All the Brethren, fifty in number.

Before the entrance to the Golden Eagle was posted a Sentinel, on the staircase was another. Music of very agreeable kind woes heard. We made some Brethren anti Masters. After supper the Procession returned in the same manner that it had arrived. The student of Freemasonry will not only note the early use of the word Illustrious but also the prominence given to the gloves on this occasion (see Gloves).

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