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The Council Degrees

The Degree of Royal Master

Believed by many to include in its ceremonies one of the most beautiful sections of Masonic ritual to be found in any degree. It fully explains many of the symbols of Freemasonry and conveys in a dramatic way an incident which occurred during the building of the Temple. It teaches the great lesson of right living and the building here on earth of that superstructure necessary for the erection of our spiritual temple.

The Holy Vessels are the proper symbols for this degree, for they were the work of one of the most skilled artisans of the day. They teach the necessity of having perfect bodies and minds to house man's immortal soul.



The Degree of Select Master


The second in the series of three dramatic degrees conferred by the Council. The degree ends with the great tradition which runs all through Freemasonry, and constitutes an explanation satisfactory in all details as to certain traditional happenings, a knowledge of which is necessary for a proper understanding of the Story of Freemasonry. It teaches a wonderful lesson -- that of overlooking the failings of those who through ignorance or curiosity may often overstep the bounds of propriety.

The Ark of the Covenant is the proper symbol of the degree. Its traditions, use, and symbolism are fully explained to the recipient of the degree, and those who do receive the degree are truly Select Masters.



The Degree of Super Excellent Master


The Super Excellent Master is an honorary degree, to which any Council Mason is entitled by virtue of his being in good standing in his Council.

Referred to by many as the most dramatic and impressive of all the degrees of Freemasonry. Whether you agree or not, there is no question as to its historical and Masonic value, teaching a great lesson in Fidelity. While the scene of the degree is laid many centuries ago, the lessons portrayed are just as essential in the present age. The degree requires the largest cast of characters of any of the degrees, and ends with a climax never to be forgotten.

It teaches that while men may continue to build, the only permanent temple is that spiritual temple which each erects within himself.

The degree has its emblems, which are the Square, the Circle, and the Triangle, the symbolism of which is fully explained to the initiate. The degree constitutes the perfect drama, exemplifying one of the most tragic events in the history of the Jewish people.



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