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 _____________________________________________________________________________ Notes from...THE BOOK OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY:CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS IN ALL THE DEGREES, FROM THE THIRD TO THETHIRTY-THIRD, AND LAST DEGREE OF THE RITEby Charles T. McClenachan, 33' (Revised and Enlarged Edition, MacoyPublishing and Masonic Supply Company, 45-49 John St., New York, 1914).[ University of Delaware Library, HS 770 .M3 1914 ] ______________________________________________________________________________ FIRST SERIES: SYMBOLIC OR BLUE LODGE -- SYMBOLIC DEGREES (Ancient Craft)01. Entered Apprentice02. Fellow Craft, or Companion03. Master MasonIn the Reception of the 32nd Degree (see below), the following descriptionof the three Craft Degrees is given:"The 1st degree shows you man, such as nature has made him, with no otherresources than his physical strength. The 2nd degree teaches the necessityand holiness of labor, and consequently of knowledge. The 3rd degreeteaches us that our unavoidable destiny is death; but at the same time,in the ceremony and in the very name of Hiram, it shadows forth the greatdoctrine of another life, and the immortality of the soul." ______________________________________________________________________________ SECOND SERIES: LODGE OF PERFECTION -- INEFFABLE DEGREES (4th - 14th)Officers: (1) Thrice Potent Grand Master, (2) Deputy Grand Master,(3) Senior Grand Warden, (4) Junior Grand Warden, (5) Orator,(6) Treasurer, (7) Secretary, (8) Master of Ceremonies,(9) Hospitaller, (10) Captain of the Guard, (11) Tiler.Festivals: Besides the two Sts. John days (June 24, December 27), Lodgesof Perfection commemorate the building of the first temple bythe Grand Architect of the Universe (Tishri 15), and rememberthe destruction of the temple (Ab 9).04. SECRET MASTERImmediately after the death of Hiram the Builder, King Solomon selectedseven of the most worthy and expert Master Masons to guard the SanctumSanctorum, and its "sacred furniture." Although only one guard was onduty at a time, their number was always seven -- alluding to the sevencardinal virtues, the seven stages of life, the sabbath (7th day), etc.The Lodge is hung in black, strewn with white tears. The seven-branchedcandlestick is burning in the East, and over the East is a large circlecomposed of a serpent with its tail in its mouth. In the circle, threetriangles are interlaced to form a white nine-pointed star. In thecenter of the star is a Hebrew YOD, and in the nine outer triangles arethe letters E, A, J, J, Y, A, O, A, H, which are the initials of the ninesacred words. The Thrice Potent represents King Solomon, and the SeniorGrand Warden represents Adoniram, son of Abda, Solomon's Grand Inspector.
 
Battery: [7]. In the Opening, "The morning star has driven away theshades of night, and the great light begins to gladden our Lodge."Secret Masters are taught the duty of SECRECY and SILENCE, and pray:"Set a watch, O Jehovah! before my mouth, and keep thou the door ofmy lips." Our own heart is truly the "innermost sanctuary," in whichwe may "prepare to receive the impress of thy Holy Name, which shallbe a seal of eternal life." The apron is white and black, with a letter"Z" and an all-seeing eye. The jewel is an ivory key with the letter "Z"on the wards.05. PERFECT MASTERThis degree, in which Lodges of Sorrow are usually held, recalls therequiem for the departed worthy brother, Hiram Abiff. King Solomoncommanded Adoniram to supervise the building of Hiram's tomb or obelisk(in the west-southwest of the Temple), made of white marble, to denotehis purity, and black marble, to denote his untimely death.The Lodge is hung with green cloth from eight white columns, and ablack altar is in the East, with the coffin of Hiram. The nine-pointedstar is now blood-red, and the blood which was spilled in the Templestill is in the northeast.Battery: [4], denoting life, death, virtue, and immortality. The moralof this degree is to pay due respect to the memories of deceased worthybretheren. The apron is white and green, with a cubic stone and aHebrew YOD. The jewel is a compass open on a segment of a circle, toan angle of sixty degrees.06. INTIMATE SECRETARYThis degree is not chronologically related to those preceding or following,but relates to an incident which illustrates the mercy and wisdom ofKing Solomon. The candidate is Joabert, Lieutenant of Solomon's guards,whose execution is demanded by King Hiram of Tyre (Deputy Grand Master),because of a misunderstanding. The King of Tyre had visited the Templeunannounced and full of anger concerning a treaty, and Joabert zealouslydefended his Master from this supposed threat. King Solomon intercededand forgave Joabert's indiscretion, and made him the Witness (ConfidentialSecretary) to the final treaty agreement with the King of Tyre, in thestead of the slain Hiram Abiff.The Lodge is hung in black, strewed with silver tears. Twenty-sevenlights (divided equally between East, West, and South) are distributed.Battery: [8-1-8-1-8-1]. The apron is white and red, with Hebrew lettersYOD HEH in the center, and a small triangle containing the Hebrew letters(clockwise from top) BETH, NUN, and SHIN. The jewel is a gold trianglewith the same three letters inscribed. A "sword of defence" is presentedto the candidate, with which he can defend his integrity and honor as aMason.07. PROVOST AND JUDGEUpon the death of Grand Master Hiram, King Solomon appointed seven Judgesto mete justice among the workmen of the Temple. Tito, Prince of Herodim,was their Chief Provost and Judge, and their tribunal was held in theMiddle Chamber of the Temple. This degree implores the Mason to "renderjustice to all, to hear patiently, remember accurately, and weigh care-fully the facts and the arguments offered."
 
The Lodge is draped in red, and in the East is a blue, star-studded canopy.The ebony record-box of the Judges sits under the canopy, and a trianglewith the Hebrew letters YOD HEH hangs with a balance in the center of thechamber. The seven Judges should be in white robes.Battery: [4-1]. The three great requisites of a Judge: Justice, Equity,and Impartiality, are symbolized by the triangle and balance. Divinejustice is stressed, and the "earth, air, and ocean are the eternal wit-nesses of the acts that we have done." The Almighty reads from the "vastlibrary" of the air, and metes out the right and just consequences ofour actions. The apron is white, edged with red, with a key and fiverosettes. The jewel is a golden key.08. INTENDANT OF THE BUILDINGS, or MASTER IN ISRAELAfter the period of mourning following Hiram's death, the building ofthe Temple had to continue. In this degree, King Solomon appoints andinstalls five Superintendants to oversee the continuation of the work.Upon the recommendation of the High Priest, Sadoc, and the Governor ofthe House, Ahishar, the five were chosen to be: (1) Adoniram, Presidentof the Board of Architects [Master], (2) Joabert the Phoenician, ChiefArtificer in Brass [S. Warden], (3) Stolkin, Chief Carpenter [J. Warden],(4) Selec the Giblemite, Chief Stonemason [Master of Ceremonies], and(5) Gareb, Chief Worker in Silver and Gold, and Engraver [Captain ofthe Guard].The Lodge is hung in red and blue as in the previous degree, with twenty-seven lights -- in three groups of nine forming a triple triangle. Overthe Master is a five-pointed star, with three Hebrew YODs inside.Battery: [5]. The number five (in addition to a five-fold circumambula-tion), represents the five points of fellowship which are primary tenetsof Freemasonry. The charity of love -- the love of life and of God --is emphasized as "participation of the divine nature." The apron iswhite, with red and green, with a balance, a five-pointed star as above,and a triangle with the Hebrew letters BETH (for Ben-khurim), YOD (forJakinah), and ALEPH (for Achar). The jewel is a gold triangle with thesame three letters.09. MASTER ELECT OF NINEThe three degrees called "Elect" or "Elu" are 09, 10, and 11, and theyare concerned with the apprehension of the assassins of Hiram Abiff.Informed by a herdsman that the traitors were hiding in a cave near thecoast of Joppa, King Solomon appointed nine Masters to go and find them.One of the elected Masters, Solomon's favorite, went ahead of the restand discovered one of the assassins asleep. Inflamed at the sight, hestabbed him in the head and heart, and severed the assassin's head, whoonly had time to say "Necum" ("vengeance is taken") before he died.Although Solomon ordered the execution of his favorite for taking justiceinto his own hands, the other eight interceded, and he was pardoned.The Lodge is hung in black, strewed with flames (representing a cavern)suspended from eight columns. Eight lights in an octagonal patternsurround the triangular altar in the center, and one other light is half-way between the altar and the East. The lodge is styled a Chapter, andthe Master of Ceremonies represents Pharos, the herdsman.Battery: [8-1]. Master Elects of Nine are taught to be careful in their

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