The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
"Through the lessons of these degrees, we look to the past for the great and immovable truths of the ages. At the same time, we are reminded that these truths are not locked in the past, but rather must serve to guide us as we move into the unknown future. Our Craft is ancient, but its teachings are as modern as tomorrow, as relevant as the great discoveries that await us around the next corner."
From Introduction to the 32° Masonic Passport.
Ill. Robert O. Ralston, 33°
Past Sovereign Grand Commander
The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry presents an additional 29 degrees that are communicated through allegorical plays or theatrical performances. Not all degrees are obtained at the same time and it is necessary for Brethren to travel to other Valleys to see these degrees performed. Upon entrance to the Scottish Rite, each new Brother is given a PASSPORT. As he obtains each degree, the corresponding page in the Passport is stamped with the Valley and date it was received.
Brethren, we are trying some new degrees this year. Your particiation is encouraged! Stay tuned for more information!
The Degrees conferred by the Lodge of Perfection are known as the Ineffable Degrees. The degrees are intended to extend the lessons of the first three degrees. They convey the various attributes of God as they affect man and teach lessons in morality.
4° Secret Master
The Fourth Degree emphasizes duty, fidelity, integrity and the necessity for secrecy in all confidential relationships.
5° Perfect Master
This degree teaches that selfish thoughts and unworthy ambitions will corrupt and destroy a man.
6° Intimate Secretary
This degree teaches that there are desert stretches in every individual life and in the history of every nation, which results in a breakdown of discipline and loss of faith. This degree is a clarion call to faith: faith in ourselves, faith in each other and faith in God.
7° Provost & Judge
This degree teaches us to righteously judge, and that one law and one custom shall apply to all. Let justice be impartial, tempered with mercy.
8° Intendant of the Building
This degree teaches that each new honor is meant to be a step toward perfection in our moral code. Each honor earned demands attention to a particular duty.
9° Master Elect of Nine
This degree teaches that a mutual belief in a Supreme Power should bind all men together in a world-wide brotherhood.
10° Master Elect of Fifteen
This degree teaches that a violator of his obligations and commitments will not go unpunished and further that excuses, rationalizations and other evidences of a lack of repentance will very likely increase the severity of the penalties.
11° Sublime Master Elected
This degree dwells on good citizenship. Evildoings should be punished. Honesty and respect for others should be rewarded. Be earnest, honest and sincere.
12° Grand Master Architect
This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and a tenderness of heart which disposes us to overlook injuries and to treat an offender better than he deserves.
13° Master of the Ninth Arch
This degree teaches that difficulties and dangers, however great, should not deter the true and faithful brother from progressing onward to perfection. It teaches the great truth that the finest things in life come only after.
14° Grand Master Elect
In the Scottish Rite, this degree is the summit of Ancient Craft masonry. As the crowning degree of the Lodge of Perfection, its essence is the holiness of God and reverence for His Holy Name. God will not old him guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
The Degrees of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem are known as the Historical Degrees as they take place during the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem by Zerubbabel following the release of the Israelites from Babylonian captivity.
15° Knight of the East or Sword
This degree teaches the important lessons of loyalty to our beliefs and fidelity to an obligation.
16° Prince of Jerusalem
This degree teaches fidelity to duty and devotion to truth.
The Degrees of the Chapter of Knights of Rose Croix are knows as the Philosophical Degrees as they do not use historical or biblical scenes to convey their lessons. These two degrees are designed to encourage a Scottish Rite Mason to examine his own life and find and apply the major truths outlined in the Bible.
17° Knight of the East and West
The lessons of this degree are that man will fail in efforts that are based on power, greed and envy; and that divine guidance is needed to keep us from repeating the errors of history.
18° Knight of the Rose Croix of H. R. D. M.
The lessons taught in this degree are that man must have a new Temple in his heart where God is worshiped in spirit and in Truth, and that he must have a new law of love which all men everywhere may understand and practice. This degree affirms the broad principles of universality and toleration.
The Degrees conferred in the Consistory are known as the Traditional degrees and the Chivalric degrees. The Traditional degrees are those from 19 to 29. The Chivalric degrees are the 30th to the 32nd. These degrees are allegorical, historical, and ceremonial in nature. They include many Freemasons and prominent people from history in dramas intended to teach further moral and social lesson to the Scottish Rite Freemason.
This degree proclaims the spiritual unity of all who
believe in God and cherish the hope of immortality, no matter what religious
leader they follow or what creed they profess. It is primarily concerned with
the perennial conflict between light and darkness, good and evil,
God and Satan.
This degree is a drama of the American spirit confronting the challenge of disloyalty and treason. Masonic principles and leadership are subjected to a crucial test. The degree demonstrates the Masonic condemnation of all who conspire against the security of a nation and the happiness of the people.
This degree teaches that Freemasonry is not a shield for evildoing and that justice is one of the chief supports of our Fraternity.
In this degree, the dignity of labor is demonstrated. It is no curse, but a privilege for man to be allowed to earn his sustenance by work. Idleness, not labor, is disgraceful.
This degree is a dramatic story of four men of God – a Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, a Methodist Minister and a Pastor of a Reformed Church – who gave their lives in World War II so that others might live. This dramatic story demonstrates that those with faith in God and love for their fellow man will make great sacrifices to help others.
This degree, through historical flashback, shows the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge often can dispel the fears created by ignorance and prejudice.
This degree teaches that no man is perfect and that all men err. If, however, he maintains a firm and unshakable reliance on God’s grace, he can and will regain his direction, his humility, his faith and his goals.
This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and a tenderness of heart which dispose us to overlook differences between people. Through and inspirational drama, this degree teaches that people with similar goals may have differing points of view and that respect should be given to the opinions of others.
This degree teaches that Scottish Rite Freemasonry believes in the concept of a free church in a free state, each supreme in its own sphere, neither seeking to dominate the other but cooperating for the common good. This degree is bought to life by dramatic events from the time of the Teutonic Knights and period of the Crusades.
This degree teaches that as nature hides her treasures under an external coat which must be hewn away before her wonders can be put to use by man, so Freemasonry helps us to strip the vices and superfluities of our lives so that we see and perform our duty to G-d and our fellow man.
This degree emphasizes that Masonic teachings of equality and toleration. We are reminded that no one man, no one church, no one religion has a monopoly on truth; that while we must be true and faithful to our own convictions, we must respect the opinions of others.
This degree sets forth the tests and ceremonies that symbolize the experiences we must undergo in building of excellence in character.
This degree teaches that we should not rush to judgment. He who would judge others must first judge himself.
This degree describes the victory of the spiritual over the human in man and the conquest of appetites and passions by moral sense and reason. The exemplar represents every Freemason eager to serve humanity but caught between self interest and the call of duty. Duty often requires sacrifice, sometimes the supreme sacrifice.
The 33° Degree is an honorary degree conferred at the annual meeting of the Supreme Council
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