Esther Grand Court, Order of Amaranth

Grand Royal Matron and Grand Royal Patron
Sis. Bertha Allen and Bro. Joseph D. Antoine


The Order of the Amaranth is a fraternal organization composed of Master Masons and their properly qualified female relatives. In its teachings, the members are emphatically reminded of their duties to God, to their country, and to their fellow beings. They are urged to portray, by precept and example, their belief in the “Golden Rule” and by conforming to the virtues inherent in TRUTHFAITHWISDOM, and CHARITYthey can prove to others the goodness promulgated by the Order.

The present independent form of the Royal and Exalted degree of the Amaranth is adapted to the demands of those who are seeking light and advancement. It is made to form the apex of the Rite of Adoption, and to establish a COURT OF HONOR, wherein the highest grade of instruction, culture, and usefulness may be imparted, in symbolical guise, to the advanced members of the Rite.

The Order of the Amaranth is a social and philanthropic organization basing its membership on Masonic heritage. Historically, the Order of the Amaranth was intended to be the final degree of three, the first degree being Eastern Star, and the second, the Queen’s of the South. The requirement to join the Order of the Amaranth, up until 1921, was that you must first be a member of Eastern Star. It is still a requirement in most Prince Hall Affiliated jurisdictions and there are many of our members belonging to both Orders.

Because of the “Queenly” origin of our Order, our bodies are called Courts and our members are known as Honored Lady and Sir Knight. Our ceremonies exemplify the dignity of a Queen’s Court, therefore our presiding officers are referred to as Royal Matron and Royal Patron.

Our principles and teachings are from the Holy Bible. We are reminded of our duties to God, our Country and our fellow beings. We encourage and promote the practice of TRUTHFAITHWISDOM, and CHARITY.