Order of Rainbow for Girls
Order of Rainbow for Girls was founded in 1922 in McAlester, Oklahoma as a
fraternal and social club for girls, aged 13—20, related to members of Masonic
lodges or to members of the Order
of the Eastern Star. It operates principally in the United States, but also in
Australia, Canada, Guam, Mexico, and the Philippines. There were 1.1 million
members in 1994.
Order of Rainbow for Girls clearly illustrates the extent to which Christianity
influences Adoptive Masonry. It was founded by a clergyman, the Reverend Mark W.
Sexton, the rituals are based on the ninth chapter of Genesis, and Sister Faith,
one of the officers, advises candidates that “The Altar is the most sacred
place in our Assembly Room. Upon it rests the Holy Bible, symbol of white light,
from which we derive strength to sustain us through life.” During the
initiation ritual, the Bible is opened so that “its White Light may penetrate
the heart of every member of this Assembly.” A hymn entitled “Have Thine Own
Way, Lord,” is sung, and three girls are chosen to represent Faith, Hope, and