posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 10:32 AM
Originally posted by Rigel Kent
I believe here are less than 180 32nd degree Masons in England at any one time.and approx 70 33rd degree Masons.
That's probably pretty close. In England, only the 18th degree is worked in full form, with the 4th through the 17th being communicated previusly to
the 18th degree ceremony. Most English members stop at the 18th, with everything above it being honorary. Furthermore, initiates to the 18th degree
must be Christians.
Some 18th degree members are chosen to receive the honor of the 30th degree. When that happens, the 19th-29th degrees are communicated. The 31st,
32nd, and 33rd are also honorary.
In the USA, the 32nd degree is that natural stopping place instead of the 18th, and there is no Christian requirement.