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The Degree of Mark Master

 

The opening degree of the Royal Arch Chapter is highly regarded by Masonic students and ritualists as being one of the most beautiful degrees in all Freemasonry, teaching lessons which have proved of value in all walks of life. The scene of the degree is laid in one of the workshops erected near King Solomon's Temple, and the candidate is taught many interesting historical facts, as well as given practical demonstrations of the value of Honesty and Charity.


The Jewish half-shekel of silver is often mentioned in the scriptures and is referred to in the degree. While it was worth less than twenty-five cents in our currency, yet Masonic tradition proves that no amount is insignificant in the face of urgent need.

 

 

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