Masonic Calendar

Ancient Craft Masons commence their era with the creation of the world, calling it Anno Lucius (A.L.), “in the year of light”.

 

Scottish Rite, same as Ancient Craft, except the Jewish chronology is used, Anno Mundi (A.M.), “in the year of the world.

 

Royal and Select Masters date from the year in whcih the temple of Solomon was completed, Anno Depositionis (A.Dep.), “in the year of the deposit.”

 

Knights Templars commence their era with the organization of their Order, Anno Ordinus (A.O.), “in the year of the Order.”

 

Order of High Priesthood dates from the year of the blessing of Abraham by the Hight Priest Melchizedek, Anno Benefacto (A.B.), “in the year of the blessing.”

 

 

 

 

Rules for Masonic Dates

Ancient Craft Masons
Add 4000 years to the common era. Therefore 2014 derives to 6014.

 

Scottish Rite
Add 3760 years to the common era. Therefore 2014 derives to 5774

 

Royal Arch
Add 530 years to the vulgar era. Therefore 2014 derives to 2544.

 

Royal and Select Master
Add 1000 years to the common era. Therefore 2014 derives to 3014.

 

Knights Templars
From the Christian era take 1118 years. Therefore 2014 derives to 896.

 

Order of High Priesthood
Add 1913 years to the Christian era, the Year of Blessing. Therefore 2014 derives to 3927.

 

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