Otherwise known as the Court of Honor
The Scottish Rite confers a number of honours upon members who have contributed extraordinary service to the Scottish Rite Freemasonry or Masonry in general, and to the world at large. The Scottish Rite has three Honours: Knight Commander of the Court of Honour, 33° – Inspector General Honorary, and Grand Cross of the Court of Honor.
Knight Commander of the Court of Honor
The Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH) is not a degree, but an Investiture, bestowed upon members deserving recognition for faithful services to the Rite or to mankind. At the biennial session of the Supreme Council, certain 32° Scottish Rite Masons are chosen to be invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour. The respective Sovereign Grand Inspectors General or Deputies of each Orient nominate members for this honor, and they must also be unanimously approved by The Supreme Council. This Investiture is a prerequisite to receiving the Thirty-third Degree but does not guarantee he will receive the 33˚. The Rank and Decoration of KCCH may not be requested, and if requested must be refused. The cap of the Knight Commander Court of Honour is red with a darker red band trimmed in gold. In the center front is a representation of the Knight Commander Jewel, a Passion Cross with fancy arms, featuring in the center a trefoil embroidered in green encircled by “Kt.·. Comm.·. Court of Honour” embroidered in gold.
33° Inspector General Honorary
The Thirty-third Degree is conferred by the Supreme Council upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding work in the Rite or in public life. At its biennial session, the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the Degree. Members unanimously so elected become honorary members of the Supreme Council. The Thirty-third Degree may not be requested, and if requested must be refused. The Degree is granted solely out of recognition for outstanding services. These 33° Masons are Inspectors General Honorary and honorary members of the Supreme Council. The active members of the Supreme Council are chosen from among them. The cap for an Inspector General Honorary is white with a white band edged in gold, featuring the symbol for this honorary Degree, a red slanting Patriarchal Cross.
Grand Cross of the Court of Honor
This is the highest individual honor that The Supreme Council bestows. It is voted very rarely to Thirty-third Degree Masons only for the most exceptional and extraordinary services. The Grand Cross cap is white with a blue band. On the front is a replica of the Grand Cross Jewel, which is composed of a Teutonic Cross, with an embroidered crimson rose with green leaves at its center.