Posted 10 months ago
I love the colors of this pin. Not sure what it stands for... Daughters of Revolution? or Daughters of Rose? Not sure, but it does look a bit more feminine, so I am wonder if it was a female society... Your thoughts?
Revision 1 (thanks Walksoftly):
The degree of Rebekah was accepted in 1851 as written by Schuyler Colfax.
The degree was originally written for Brothers to confer on their wives and daughters and was considered an "Honorary Degree". The degree could only be conferred at a special meeting and Brothers could also receive the degree, much the same as today.
Later the Sisters were allowed to confer the degree on other Sisters, a ritual was adopted with the Sisters taking the parts. Rebekah Lodges were instituted and have continued to flourish.
This ritual has changed very little since 1851. It includes lessons from the biblical stories in the Old Testament of the women of the Bible.
We use emblems teaching lessons that are invaluable to be a Rebekah. The beehive, representing associated industry and the result of united effort. The moon and seven stars which teaches us the value of regularity in all our work. The dove, the beautiful emblem of peace. The white lily, a symbol of purity.
The Rebekah Degree
The Degree of Rebekah was founded in 1851. The real author and founder of the Rebekah Degree stands out so prominently and with such undying fame, that whenever the word "Rebekah" is mentioned to an Old Fellow, his mind at once associates with the word the name of our beloved brother Schuyler Colfax.