Sub Rose; Lodge Meetings and Degrees

Stated meetings and degrees are invitational only.  

Sub Rose….”Under the Rose” has been used in England to denote secrecy or confidentiality.  In the Middle Ages a rose suspended from the ceiling of a council chamber similarly pledged all present, those under the rose, to secrecy.

The rose’s connotation of secrecy dates back to Greek mythology when Aphrodite gave a rose to her son Eros, the God of love; he in turn gave it to Haarpocrates, the God of Silence, to ensure that his mother’s indiscretions, and those of the other gods in general, were not disclosed.

In Christian symbolism, the phrase”sub rosa” has a special place in confessions.  Pictures of five-petalled roses were often carved on confessionals, indicating that the conversations would remain secret.

Paintings of roses on the ceilings of roman banquet rooms were also reminder that things said under the influence of wine, Sub Vino, should also remain sub rosa.

All of our stated business meetings and degrees are “Sub Rosa.”  We believe that our body’s business is best contained within its lodge members.  We also believe that degrees should be an intimate and personal emotional experience between the candidate and the members of his lodge and not a performance for the entertainment of non-member sidelines.  

California Masonic Code

§808.010. VISITATION.

"A Mason’s attendance at a meeting of a Lodge other than his own is not a right but a privilege. A Master Mason in good standing may request permission to attend which the Master or presiding officer of the Lodge may grant or refuse.….Before admitting a visitor, the Master or presiding officer of the Lodge visited shall satisfy himself that each visitor is a Mason and that each visiting Master Mason has in his possession written evidence under the seal of his Lodge showing that he is in good standing. A visitor shall prove that he is a Mason by an examination or avouchment.

A record of visitors shall be maintained by each Lodge on forms prescribed by Grand Lodge.

The Master may ask visitors to retire at any time and should do so when controversial, delicate or sensitive matters are under discussion. 


Meetings and events are posted on the GDMF Lodge App. 

For additional information:

Lodge Secretary Randall McCormick

randallmccormick@reagan.com

or

Assistant Secretary Gary Jackson

gd.freemasons@icloud.com