Short history of the Scottish Rite in the Czech Republik

At the end of World War I on the territory of the future Czechoslovakia, the influence of Freemasonry from Germany, France and Italy was noticeable. In 1919 the journalist Bro František Sís was declared by the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Italy Bro Raoul Palermi as the founder of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry in Czechoslovakia. Under his guidance a temporary Supreme Council had been established on 12 January 1920. Freemasons Alfons Mucha, Berthold Thein and Victor Stretti from the Lodge Jan Amos Komenský in Prague contacted the Supréme Conseil de Suisse in Lausanne with a request to be initiated into the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and to be entrusted with the founding of „Higher degrees“in Czechoslovakia under the Swiss patronage.  After having obtained the necessary consents, the Supreme Council 33° of the Scottish Rite for Czechoslovakia was constituted and acknowledged under the guidance of the S.C. for Switzerland on 28 May 1922 in Lausanne.

After its constitution the S.C. invited both, the Lodge Jan Amos Komenský (which received its warrant from the Grand Orient de France, but after being again released from Paris, decided to join the Grand National Lodge of Czechoslovakia) and the National Grand Lodge of Czechoslovakia, to unite with the Scottish Rite, which indeed took place within a short time.

On 1 May 1934 the Supreme Council 33° of the Scottish Rite, Ancient and Accepted entered into a Concordat Agreement with the National Grand Lodge of Czechoslovakia. A few days earlier, a Concordat agreement was concluded also by the two then Czechoslovak Grand Lodges, the Czech speaking National Grand Lodge of Czechoslovakia and the German speaking Grossloge „Lessing zu den drei Ringen in der Čechoslovakischen Republik. During the years 1931-1937, under the leadership of the then Grand Master Bro Karel Weigner, the relationship between a variety of Masonic bodies improved to a level,  that they respected each other and even worked close together. The Great Orient of Czechoslovakia, an unrecognized group of 5 lodges was regularized by the National Grand Lodge of Czechoslovakia and the relationships with other irregular Masonic societies were adjusted. The Lodge “Dokonalost” (Perfection) accepted brethren from the German speaking lodge Latomia since 1927.

Likewise in the second half of the 18th century, when Freemasons enriched the culture and science of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown, the holders of the higher degrees participated in public life of Czechoslovakia. On its territory two Grand Lodges existed, but only one single Supreme Council. At the end of 1938, Freemasonry has ceased its activities but the continuity of the Supreme Council has been maintained until our days.