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  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL MASONIC REVIEW PUBLISHED BY BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY BONISTEELML.ORG Volume 16. Issue 4 • • FALL 2008 Special Issue! Guide to Scottish Rite of Freemasonry The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. # 1 Good idea for Our Community!!! Masons Sponsor Youth Talent Contest US $4.50 CA $5.00 09 Fall 2008
  2. 2. WELCOME TO FALL 2008 - For those of you who are new to this publication, we hope you enjoy what you see and come back. Suggestions and opinions are welcome. Contents Volume 16. Issue 4 - fall 2008 FEATURE ARTICLES MAILING ADDRESS THE RISING POINT Bonisteel Masonic Library CONTENTS Of The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 2875 W. Liberty Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103 www.bonisteelml.org 3 MAP Of The SR Masonic Jurisdiction 4 HISTORY Of The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 5 HISTORY Of The Southern Masonic Jurisdiction Bro. Mitchell Ozog , 32º Bro. Karl Grube, Ph.D., 32º 6 MASONS SPONSOR Youth Talent Contest Editor in Chief, Editor 8 mozog@bonisteelml.org kgrube@bonisteelml.org WHEN TO WEAR THE SCOTTISH RITE CAP By C. Fred Kleinknecht LAYOUT DESIGN – Bro. Mitchell Ozog 9 THE DISTINCTIVE REGALIA OF THE SCOTTISH RITE THE RISING POINT is the official publication of Bonisteel Masonic Library and By Pete Normand is published four times per year. Masonic Bodies are welcome to reprint from this 11 publication provided that the article is reprinted in full, the name of the author and the source of the article are indicated, and a copy of the publication containing the reprint is sent to the editor. Submissions to this publication and all Correspondence concerning this LESSONS OF THE SCOTTISH publication should come through the Editor Mitchell Ozog. The Editor reserves the right DEGREES to edit all materials received. 16 Fair Use Notice: The Bonisteel Masonic Library web site and publication THE RISING POINT may at 32° MASONIC LEARNING times contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to Center for Children advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any 18 such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site or the publication Rising Point for CLASSIFIED purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on The ADVERTISING Bonisteel Masonic Library web site and publication Rising Point is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law. cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml United States Code: Title 17, Section 107 http://www4. law.cornell.edu/uscode/unframed/17/107.html Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY FUND RAISER use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether The Bonisteel Masonic Library of Ann Arbor Detroit has established a goal of the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall raising $5,000 for 2009 operations. Your contribution will assure the continuance of include - (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for our award winning quarterly publication Rising Point and the yearly costs of online nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and publication. Simple scroll down to Pay Pal on the Index page donate by using a credit substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The card. fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors. www.bonisteelml.org Cover photo: Mitchell Ozog 2008
  3. 3. SOUTHERN MASONIC JURISDICTION AND NORTHERN MASONIC JURISDICTION The Scottish Rite’s role in Masonry, then, is to show men where to look and what to look for in their journey to self-awareness, personal insight, and individual enlightenment. As such, the Rite is critically important to continuing each Brother’s Masonic education. The Scottish Rite is indeed the university course in Masonry. It explores philosophy, history, comparative religion, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction Northern Masonic Jurisdiction situational ethics, and the ultimate truths that guide our lives. It was created to complete what the Craft system began. It is the University of Freemasonry. William B. Brunk, 33° Southern Masonic Jurisdiction North Central Sector Northwest Sector Southeast Sector Northern Masonic Jurisdiction South Central Sector headquarters located in Lexington, Southwest Sector Massachusetts, is the governing body of Northeast Sector Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. The House of the Temple, headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Southern Jurisdiction, is located in Washington, D.C., on Sixteenth Street, NW, Also Alaska and Hawaii belong to Southern Jurisdiction between R and S Streets. 3
  4. 4. History HISTORY of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 1813- On August 5th Daniel D. Tompkins is chosen as the first Sovereign Grand Commander of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Tompkins had enjoyed a successful political career. In 1804 he was simultaneously elected to Congress and appointed to the New York Supreme Court. He chose the latter, serving until his election as Governor in 1807. He was offered the post of Secretary of State in the Madison administration, and was elected U.S. Vice President in 1816, with fellow Mason, James Monroe. 187- Anti-Masonic movement spreads across the nation, and nearly extinguishes the fraternity. John James Joseph Gourgas was elected as Sovereign Grand Commander and kept the rite alive during this dark period. Through his dedication and loyalty he earned the title “Conservator of the Rite.” 1840’s- Sovereign Grand Commander Giles F. Yates sets about rebuilding the organization. One of his followers, Killian H. Van Rensselaer, established new valleys in New Haven, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. 1851- Edward A. Raymond is elected as Sovereign Grand Commander. 1860- Raymond’s contentious leadership causes a split in the Supreme Council. He was deposed and replaced by Van Rensselaer. Raymond established a rival Supreme Council, which operated for six years. 1867- Following the death of Raymond, the two rival councils unified. 1879- Henry L. Palmer is elected Sovereign Grand Commander, beginning the longest tenure (30 years) in the history of the rite. 191- Leon Abbott is elected and moves the Supreme Council headquarters from New York to Boston. Upon his death, his will provided for the Abbott Scholarships. 1933- Melvin Maynard Johnson is elected and serves as the first full-time Sovereign Grand Commander. Johnson led the rite through the Great Depression, World War II, a membership drop to 208,000, and its rebound to 422,000. He established a foundation to fund schizophrenia research and wrote many papers on early freemasonry. 1968- SGC George A. Newbury moved the Supreme Council headquarters from Boston to Lexington, MA, just a mile from where the American Revolution began. 1970- The Northern Light begins publishing. 1975- On April 20, the day after the American Revolution Bicentennial began on Lexington Green with President Ford presiding, the National Heritage Museum opens on the grounds of Supreme Council headquarters. It is called the gift of the Scottish Rite Masons to the nation. 1995- Sovereign Grand Commander Robert O. Ralston begins a new charity as the first 32° Masonic Learning Center for Dyslexia opens. There are now 46 such centers, with more on the way. 000- The Supreme Council opens its new headquarters building on the grounds in Lexington, MA. 003- Walter E. Webber succeeds Robert Ralston as Sovereign Grand Commander. 005- The number of children’s learning centers exceeds 50. Sources: Web site of Northern Masonic Jurisdiction - 006- John Wm. McNaughton succeeds Walter E. Webber as Sovereign Grand http://www.supremecouncil.org Commander. 4
  5. 5. HISTORY of the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction The Grand Constitutions of 1786, in the earliest known text in the possession of John Mitchell and Frederick Dalcho, provided for two Su- preme Councils in the United States. The Su- preme Council at Charleston sent one of its Ac- tive members to New York and authorized him to establish in 1813 a Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States of America. With this accomplished, the Supreme Council at Charleston in 1827 ceded to the Northern Supreme Council the 15 states north of the Ohio and east of the Mississippi rivers. The Southern Supreme Council retained juris- diction over all other states and territories (at home and abroad) of the United States. The Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, is the governing body for Scottish Rite Freema- sonry. With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Supreme Council elects its own Active Members and is self-perpetuating. It charters Subordinate Bodies in cities (called Valleys) of states, territories, or countries (called Orients). In the Southern Jurisdiction, the Subordinate Bod- ies must observe the Statutes of our Supreme Council, its orders and regulations and, when the Supreme Council is not in session, those of the Sovereign Grand Commander. The Supreme Council meets every other year, at which time the business of the Rite is transact- ed and KCCH, 33˚ and Grand Cross honors are conferred on those who have been elected to receive these honors. T he Grand Constitutions of 1786, in the earliest known text in the possession of John Mitchell and Frederick Dalcho, provided for two Su- preme Councils in the United States. The Supreme Council at Charleston sent one The House of the of its Active Members to New York and authorized him to establish in 1813 a Temple, headquarters Supreme Council for the Northern Juris- of the Scottish Rite of diction of the United States of America. With this accomplished, The Supreme Freemasonry in the Council at Charleston in 1827 ceded to Southern Jurisdiction, is the Northern Supreme Council the 15 located in Washington, D.C states north of the Ohio and east of the Mississippi Rivers. The Southern Su- preme Council retained jurisdiction over all other states and territories (at home and abroad) of the United States. The House of The Temple 5
  6. 6. # 1 Good idea for Our Community! “Quest for the Best” Masons Sponsor Youth Talent Contest The mission of the contest is to provide an opportunity for the youth of the world to display their talent and have a lot of fun! The San Francisco Scottish Rite VENUE The San Francisco Scottish Rite Center is the perfect Venue for our Youth Talent Show. This professional venue has hosted all types of events from the Jerry Lewis Telethon to all sorts of youth Broadway-style shows to the very important and intricate Scottish Rite Degrees. 6
  7. 7. 5 th “Quest for the Best” Masons Sponsor Youth Talent Contest “Quest for the Best” 2008 Fifth Annual Competition Awards Prize Money to Youth Organizations Fresh, fun, and youthful may not be the words most often associated with Freemasonry, but the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masons have a style and an event all their own: “Quest for the Best” is a yearly youth talent competition that awards cash prizes to local youth organizations. Now in its fifth consecutive year, “Quest” was developed by a committed group of volunteers from the lodge’s ranks along with its ladies’ and youth auxiliaries, directed and co-produced by Carson Duper, Director of Theater Operations at the San Francisco Scottish Rite headquarters at 19th and Sloat. “Quest” has grown for five years running, from a handful of local Masonic youth to young contestants from all over California. The contest is judged by local and regional entertainment and arts professionals, and is emceed by up-and-coming young local talents who lead full stage production numbers and introduce the acts, each of which opens with a video interview. This year’s Quest for the Best took place on Saturday July 19. The seven finalists who successfully completed the audition process came from as far as San Diego, and comprised singers, dancers (clogging, modern, traditional, and jazz tap), and cheerleaders. First place was taken by a modern dancer performing an original piece, second prize by a singer, and third an Irish dancer. All kinds of performers are welcome to try out, as long as they are affiliated with an established youth organization to which the prize money is awarded. Past contestants have included a broad range of performers, from rock bands to Polynesian dancers to classical instrumental soloists. The San Francisco Scottish Rite has devoted many years of effort to the quality of its theatrical productions, which are central to Masonic activities, and it is able to bring this experience and expertise to “Quest,” taking the youth through a full-blown, professional-level theatrical production, with all the excitement of auditions, call backs, and dress and tech rehearsals. All contestants also take part in group production numbers that promote cooperation as well as competition. “Each year we give these young people a professional level theater experience that builds confidence and character,” says Duper, who has degrees in theater and drama. “We set high expectations and provide the means for achieving them, and we try to make the kids and Masonry proud.” The contest awards cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $250, respectively, for first, second, and third places, to youth organizations, to encourage not only performing talent but also involvement in wholesome and productive youth activities. For more information, go to www.questforthebest-sf.com This project was started by the following people as they believe that there is hidden talent everywhere in this great nation of ours: Carson Duper • Gregory Botto • Richard Modolo • Martin Kloess • Lance Hough • Michelle Carlson • Francis Lansang • Erica Nurse • Sary You Ill. Greg Botto, 33rd Degree, twice Past Master San Mateo Lodge #226, Technical Director for Quest and all SF Bodies degrees. Ill. Richard Modolo, 33rd Degree, Past Potentate and current Recorder Asiya Shrine, Stage Manager for Quest and all SF Bodies degrees. Michelle Carlson, Senior Advisor Job’s Daughters Bethel 37, host talent and youth liaison. 7
  8. 8. WHEN TO WEAR THE SCOTTISH RITE CAP By C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33° If wearing Scottish Rite Mason places his right the cap is hand on his heart. During prayer, in good the cap remains in place, but the taste and head is slightly bowed and the hands appropriate are placed in the “Sign of the Good for a Shepherd”: the left arm folded over positive the right with fingers outstretched and Scottish Rite image, it is time to touching the shoulders comfortably. educate the general public regarding This dignified position reflects the the cap, who is wearing it, and the compassionate spirit of the Scottish organization it represents. Rite in recalling the Good Shepherd as He carried a lamb over His neck, If the apron is the “badge of a Mason” holding its feet with His crossed arms. BADGE OF A SCOTTISH in the Blue Lodge, the cap can be said (See image at left.) RITE MASON to be the public badge of a Scottish Rite Mason. In our Order, the cap At the Supreme Council’s 1999 CApS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE is both a prayer cap in the Jewish Executive Session, it was agreed the tradition and a symbol of the Scottish wearing of the Scottish Rite caps in As the White Lambskin is the Badge of a Rite Mason as a soldier in the “Empire public should, as stated in the Statutes, Mason, so is the regulation cap the badge of Intellect, Reason, Philosophy, and Article XV, Sec. 21, be left to the of a Scottish Rite Mason. Wise Morality” (32°). Similarly, a discretion of the Sovereign Grand A purple cap indicates that the wearer cap was worn by English knights, Inspector General or Deputy in his is a 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector including the Templars, and was Orient. The Supreme Council agreed General and Active Member of the Supreme Council. later given a military significance that, if wearing the cap is in good taste by British regimental soldiers in the and appropriate for a positive Scottish 19th century. The Supreme Council Rite image, it is time to educate the adopted the present caps in 1927. general public regarding the cap, who A white cap indicates a 33° Inspector General Honorary. is wearing it, and the organization it The cap is considered a part of represents. the uniform and is treated as such. Consequently, it must not be removed Sovereign Grand Commander C. Fred A red cap means 32° Knight Com- when the flag is passing, while Kleinknecht, 33° mander of the Court of Honour saying the Pledge of Allegiance, (KCCH). or participating in prayer. On such Sources: occasions as the recitation of the Pledge From Forms and Traditions of the Scottish Rite. http://www.srmason-sj.org/web/journal-files/ of Allegiance or the performance of Issues/jul02/caps.htm the national anthem in song or music, A light blue cap means that the wear- er has been a Scottish Rite Mason for the cap remains on the head, and the fifty years or more. The Supreme Council has set forth a rule for the correct wearing of the cap. When wearing a cap it shall be considered to be a part of the apparel of the wearer and shall not be removed. At the presentation of the flag, the cap shall remain in place, and the members shall stand at attention with the right hand A black cap indicates that the wearer has attained the 32°. over the heart. During prayer, the cap shall remain in place and the hands and arms shall be crossed as in the 18°. The wearing of caps is considered proper at Reunions, Scottish Rite meetings. Maundy Thursday services, etc. It is improper for the cap to be worn in cafes, bus stations, on the street, or in any other public place. MORE ABOUT SCOTTISH RITE ON PAGE 9
  9. 9. Sc ot t is h THE DISTINCTIVE REGALIA OF THE SCOTTISH RITE Ri te ca p s By Pete Normand,, 33° Second only to the Masonic apron, the Scottish Rite cap is ous versions of the Scottish Rite cap. undoubtedly one of Freemasonry’s most distinctive items of regalia. But, while we as speculative Masons inherit the Ma- The black silk cap, adorned sonic apron from the operative craft of the medieval stone- masons, the Scottish Rite cap comes down to us from the me- with the recognizable Scottish Rite double-headed eagle, is The dieval chivalric tradition. When the Master Mason receives the cap of a Master of the distinctive the Thirty-Second Degree and dons the black satin headgear of the Scottish Rite, the Masonic craftsman is elevated to an Royal Secret of the 32nd Degree. Scottish Rite order of Masonic knighthood. caps derive from The Scottish Rite cap is a vestige of the dress regalia more The blue cap, deco- rated in front with a gold the dress regalia of commonly associated with orders of European knighthood. number 50 surrounded European orders Aside from their distinctive caps, the full-dress regalia of the various orders includes other accouterments such as sashes or by a wreath is the cap of a Fifty-Year Scottish Rite of knighthood. cordons, swords and sword belts, cloaks or capes, and jewels, Mason. badges, and other decorations denoting their rank or office within their respective orders. The red cap, emblazoned with the red and gold cross of a Knight Com- The two separate traditions of the stonemason’s craft and mander, designates that the wearer is a 32nd Degree Mason medieval knighthood have become so intimately intertwined who has been invested with the “rank and decoration” of in the rich pageantry of our Masonic ritual and regalia that Knight Commander of the Court of Honour, usually abbrevi- most Masons never stop to consider how or when the two ated K.C.C.H. became woven together. The white cap indicates that the wearer has received the Today, most Masonic historians look to the mid-1700s 33rd Degree, Inspector General. It bears the red and gold Pa- for the introduction of the chivalric tradition in Freemasonry. triarchal Cross of the Degree. The white cap also indicates Masonic rituals published prior to that are concerned purely that, although he is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, he with the legends and implements of the operative Mason. But, is not a member of the Supreme Council and is, therefore, beginning in the mid-1740s, additional Degrees appeared that designated an “Inspector General Honorary.” Some make the conferred orders of knighthood upon enthusiastic Brethren mistake of referring to this as an “Honorary 33rd.” The De- eager to add to and to embroider, if you will, their Masonic gree is that of the 33rd Degree. The name of the Degree is experience. “Inspector General,” and the title is that of “Inspector Gen- eral Honorary.” The seminal moment seems to be an oration delivered to a French Lodge on December 26, 1736, by the Chevalier A white silk cap surrounded by a band of dark blue velvet Michael Andrew Ramsay, a Scotsman serving as the Grand bordered in gold is the cap of the Grand Cross of the Court Orator of the Grand Lodge of France. This Masonic lecture, of Honour. The front of the cap is adorned with the gold known to history as “Ramsay’s Oration,” embellished upon Teutonic cross of the Grand Cross. This honor, like that of existing traditions by stating that the founders of Freemason- Knight Commander, is awarded at the Biennial Sessions of ry were Crusader knights who, in emulation of the ancient the Supreme Council. Israelites, handled “the trowel and mortar with one hand,” while in the other, “they held the sword and buckler.” A white 33rd Degree cap that is surrounded by a band of red velvet bordered in gold is the cap of a Deputy of the The subsequent wide publication of this stirring lecture Supreme Council. It indicates that the wearer has been depu- met with such great approval on the part of the French Breth- tized by the Supreme Council to govern the operation of the ren that, over the next few decades, a number of chivalric Rite in his Orient (state or territory). Degrees appeared. Whether these Degrees were created out of whole cloth, or were developed out of older, existing or- The purple cap is that of a Sovereign Grand Inspector ders, legends, and oral traditions has been grist for Masonic General, or S.G.I.G. It is surrounded by a band of purple vel- historians since the first appearance of these so-called Hauts vet, bordered in gold and decorated with a gold vine of laurel Grades, or High Degrees. Nevertheless, the introduction of leaves and berries. The front of the cap is emblazoned with a the chivalric Degrees into the structure of Freemasonry led purple and gold Patriarchal Cross with crosslets. The wearer to the formation of Scottish Rite Freemasonry where the two of this cap is the head of the Rite in his Orient and is an Ac- traditions, of working craftsmen and religious knights, would tive Member of the Supreme Council. be forever mingled. The violet cap is reserved for the Sovereign Grand Com- In what many consider the most moving and impressive mander. It is surrounded by a band of violet velvet and, like Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, indeed, the purple cap, is also decorated with a gold vine of laurel perhaps the culmination of the Rite, the Degree of Knight leaves and berries. The front of this cap is emblazoned with Kadosh (30th Degree), the Candidate presents himself as an the Salem Cross with crosslets. aspirant to be admitted into “the Knights of the Poor Fellow Soldiery of the Temple of Solomon,” the ancient name of the In addition to their caps, Scottish Rite Masons are distin- Knights Templar. guished by their colorful regalia and jewels, which can be seen at almost any meeting. Some of the symbolic meanings The new Scottish Rite Mason may at first be confused by the of the regalia are well-known, and others are shrouded in the several different colored caps he will encounter at the first mists of speculation (which makes Masonic research so much few meetings he attends. The following is a listing of the vari- fun). 9
  10. 10. Central to the ritual of the 14°, Perfect Elu, is the presen- is a circular plate, and on the plate is a shield with a crowned tation of a ring, worn by Scottish Rite Masons from the 14° double-headed eagle. To the right of the eagle is a balance and through the 32°. It is a plain gold band with an equilateral tri- to the left is a Square and Compasses. Around the design are angular plate enclosing the Hebrew letter yud, the initial letter the Latin words Ordo ab Chao, Order out of Chaos, enclosed by of Yahweh—the tetragrammaton—the ineffable name of God. two serpents, each biting its tail.” Engraved on the inside is the Latin motto, “Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit” (Whom virtue unites, death will not separate). The Teutonic Cross continues to remind us of the German Ill. Bro. Jim Tresner, 33°, G.C., tells us in Vested in Glory, “The origins of the Grand Constitutions of 1786. The double-headed circular shape of the ring symbolizes unending commitment eagle looking to the East and West may be from the coat of arms and loyalty, just as it does in a marriage. The triangular plate of Germany or from a French ancestor organization of the Scot- and the letter signify that the commitment is to the Deity.” tish Rite, the Emperors of the East and West. Its crown signifies that the Thirty-third Degree is the administrative Degree of the A Thirty-Second Degree Mason, Master of the Royal Secret, Rite, and this symbolism of proper administration is continued is identified with the jewel of the Degree: a gold Teutonic Cross with the sword of strength, the hand of justice, and the scales with the numerals XXXII surrounded by a laurel wreath in the in balance. The three three-sided figures remind us of 33, the center and suspended from a white ribbon. The Teutonic Cross number of this Degree, while Sapientia indicates the symbolic was probably adopted because the Grand Constitutions of 1786 achievement required for this recognition. The snakes biting were believed to be authored by the Prussian King, Frederick their tails are ancient symbols of eternity and completion, and the Great, and the Teutonic Knights were the preeminent Ger- can allude to the scriptural admonition, “Be ye therefore wise man order of knighthood. The laurel wreath is the ancient sym- as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). bol of victory and triumph, and it is used throughout Scottish Rite Regalia. Here it can signify the triumph of attaining the The highest honor awarded by the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J., Royal Secret. is the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour. There are fewer than 60 living recipients of this decoration out of nearly 400,000 After being a Thirty-Second Degree Mason in the Southern members in the Southern Jurisdiction. The Grand Cross jewel Jurisdiction for at least 46 months and distinguishing himself has as its foundation the Teutonic Cross of the 32° and 33° rest- in service to Masonry, to the Scottish Rite, or to the service of ing on a wreath of gold oak leaves, emblematic of strength of humanity, a Brother may be selected to be invested with the purpose in the service of humanity and the Rite. In the center is Rank and Decoration of a Knight Commander of the Court of a gold circular plate with a blue enameled border containing the Honour. The selection is made by the Supreme Council at its gold letters, “GR. CROSS COURT OF HONOUR.” In the cen- Biennial Session meeting every odd year, and about 2.5% of our ter of the plate is an enameled crimson rose with green leaves members have been so recognized. Recipients of this honor re- on a white background. The red rose recalls the imagery of the ceive a special jewel to wear on their coats, over the heart. The 18°, Knight Rose Croix, where the flower represents renewal, K.C.C.H. jewel is a red passion cross (arms of unequal length), as a recipient of the Grand Cross is forever renewing his efforts fitched (the ends terminate in three points) on a circle of laurel to serve. leaves, on which is a raised gold circular plate, with gold beads around the circumference. The plate is enameled in white, and All of the unique regalia of the Scottish Rite is explained in on it is a green trefoil, an ancient symbol of spirituality. Around detail with color pictures in Bro. Jim Tresner’s book, Vested in the trefoil is “KT. COMM. COURT OF HONOUR.” The jewel Glory (see “Book Reviews”). is suspended from a white ribbon. Along with other vendors who supply Scottish Rite rings Possibly the most recognized (and certainly misunderstood) and jewels, Ill. Thad D. Wilkins, 33°, of Wilkins Bros., Inc. Masonic honor is the Thirty-Third Degree of the Scottish Rite. (W.B.I.), will be in attendance at the Bicentennial Celebration In the Southern Jurisdiction, one who has been a Knight Com- in Charleston, along with two assistants, Misty Rose and Mary mander of the Court of Honour for at least 46 months is eligible Schenkel. W.B.I. has two Bicentennial Session incentives to of- to be elected by the Supreme Council to this Degree. About fer. First, a handsome gift 32° pendant (3/4” square, pictured 1.5% of our members hold this Degree. The ring is a triple band here enlarged, a $24.95 value) will be given free with each of gold, either plain or with a triangular plate of gold enclosing purchase at the Session of a 32° Jewel. Second, there will be the numerals 33. The jewel, suspended from a white ribbon, has a special Session one-time-only offer on all Jewels purchased very distinctive details. in Charleston. Also, to build Scottish Rite pride and enhance membership, W.B.I. will send a free 32° pendant to any first-line Jim Tresner describes it as follows: “The basis of the jewel signer on the petition of a successful Candidate for the Scottish is a Teutonic Cross. On that is a nine-pointed star, composed Rite Degrees. W.B.I. will depend on Valley Secretaries for this of three gold triangles, interlaced. The design also forms nine information. Thank you, Bro. Thad for this generous gesture to small triangles, and in each of these is one of the letters … promote Scottish Rite membership! ‘S.A.P.I.E.N.T.I.A.,’ the Latin word for wisdom. A sword ex- tends from the lower part of the left side of the jewel to the up- Reprint from - http://www.scottishrite.org/council/journal/oct01/ per part of the right side. Crossing that is … a ‘Hand of Justice.’ normand.html This forms a scepter, terminating in a carving of a hand…. On top of the cross, triangles, crossed sword, and Hand of Justice Pierre G. “Pete” Normand, Jr. is a Past Master of both Sul Ross Lodge No. 1300 and St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 in College Station, Texas, and is a Past Master of Texas Lodge of Research. He is Director of Work of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Houston, Texas. He is a founding member of both the St. Alban’s Research Society and the Preservation Masonic Research Society. He is the former editor of American Masonic Review and is currently an editor of the Plumbline, the bulletin of the Scottish Rite Research Society.
  11. 11. Lessons of the Scottish Degrees: THERE ARE FOUR COORDINATE THE SCOTTISH RITE NORTHERN DIvISIONS IN THE SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC JURISDICTION SOUTHERN JURISDICTION DESIGNATES ITS DEGREES IN THE FOllOwING MANNER: Lodge of Perfection, 4th degree to 14th degree 4° through 14°: Lodge of Perfection Chapter of Rose Croix, 15th degree to 18th 15° through 16°: Council, Princes of Jerusalem Council of Kadosh, 19th degree to 30th degree 17° through 18°: Chapter of Rose Croix Consistory 31st to 32nd and 19° through 32°: the 33rd degree Consistory Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Southern Masonic Jurisdiction 4° Master Traveler 4° - Secret Master 5° Perfect Master 5° - Perfect Master 6° Master of the Brazen Serpent 6° - Intimate Secretary 7° Provost and Judge 7° - Provost Judge 8° Intendant of the Building 8° - Intendant of the Building 9° Master of the Temple 9° - Elu of the Nine (Elected Knight of 10° Master Elect the Nine) 11° Sublime Master Elected 10° - Elu of the Fifteen (Illustrious Elect of Mottos of the Craft 12° Master of Mercy the Fifteen) 13° Master of the Ninth Arch 11° - Elu of the Twelve (Sublime Knight 14° Grand Elect Mason Elect of the Twelve) ordo ab Chao 15° Knight of the East 12° - Master Architect order out of Chaos 16° Prince of Jerusalem 13° - Royal Arch of Solomon (Knight of 17° Knight of the East and West the Ninth Arch) spes Mea in deo est 18° Knight of the Rose Croix 14° - Perfect Elu (Grand Elect, Perfect and 19° Grand Pontiff Sublime Mason) My faith is in God 20° Master ad Vitam 15° - Knight of the East, of the Sword or 21° Patriarch Noachite of the Eagle in deo fiduCia nostra 22° Prince of Libanus 16° - Prince of Jerusalem our trust is in God 23° Chief of the Tabernacle 17° - Knight of the East West 24° Brother of the Forest 18° - Knight Rose Croix 25° Master of Achievement 19° - Grand Pontiff 26° Friend and Brother Eternal 20° - Master of the Symbolic Lodge 27° Knight of Jerusalem 21° - Noachite or Prussian Knight 28° Knight of the Sun 22° - Knight Royal Axe, Prince of Libanus 29° Knight of St. Andrew 23° - Chief of the Tabernacle 30° Grand Inspector 24° - Prince of the Tabernacle 31° Knight Aspirant 25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent 32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret 26° - Prince of Mercy or Scottish 33° Inspector General Trinitarian 27° - Knight Commander of the Temple 28° - Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept 29° - Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew 30° - Knight of Kadosh or Knight of the White Black Eagle 31° - Inspector Inquisitor 32° - Master of the Royal Secret 33° - Inspector General Honorary Lessons of the Scottish Degrees: 11
  12. 12. Lessons of the Scottish Degrees Sc ot 4° 5° Degrees of the Scottish Rite persecution. ti s 4° - Secret Master Duty, reflection and study are h Ri the gateway to opportunity. As such, one honors 10° - Elu of the Fifteen (Illustrious Elect of the te those relationships to God, family, country and Fifteen) This degree teaches us to be tolerant A pr Masonry. The apron of the 4th Degree is white and respect the opinions of others. Freedoms of on and black, with a letter “Z” and all-seeing eye. political and spiritual ideologies should be shared The jewel of this degree is an ivory key with the by all. The apron of the 10th Degree is white, letter “Z” on the wards. The duties are secrecy, with a black flap with three arch-shaped gates, obedience and fidelity. over each a head on a spike. The jewel of this degree is a dagger as in the 9th Degree. The duties 6° 7° 5° - Perfect Master The degree teaches Masonic are enlightenment of soul and mind, vigilance, honor; that honesty and trustworthiness is the tolerance and being on guard for fanaticism and cornerstone of the foundation of such. This virtue persecution. should be in all of our undertakings with mankind. The apron of the 5th Degree is white and green, 11° - Elu of the Twelve (Sublime Knight Elect with a cubic stone and a Hebrew YOD. The jewel of the Twelve) This degree teaches sympathy. is represented by a compass open on a segment of We should be compassionate to our brother a circle, to an angle of sixty degrees. The duties are Masons and to all mankind as well. The apron of honesty, sincerity, good faith and industry. the 11th Degree is white, lined with black, with a 8° 9° flaming heart in the center. The jewel is a dagger 6° - Intimate Secretary In this degree one should suspended from a black cordon inscribed with the expand their knowledge of duty, charity and words “Vincere aut Mori” the pledge “that you toleration. We are instructed to reshape ourselves will rather die than betray the cause of the people, and our thinking into charity, self-control and or be overcome through your own fear or fault”. success, i.e. to be a peacemaker. The apron of The duties are to be earnest, true, reliable and a the 6th Degree is white and red, with Hebrew champion of the people. letters YOD HEH in the center and a small triangle containing the Hebrew letters (clockwise 12° - Master Architect This degree teaches faith 10° 11° from top) BETH, NUN and SHIN. The gold in morality, virtue and God. “Life is what each triangle with the same three letters inscribed is man makes of it; the optimist turns a trial into a the jewel that represents this degree. The duties blessing”. The apron of the 12th Degree consists are zeal, faithfulness, benevolence and to act the of a white outer shell lined with blue and gold, peacemaker. symbolizing the Craft Degrees, with a protractor, plain scale, sector and compasses. The jewel is 7° - Provost Judge We learn that impartial a heptagonal medal of gold. The duty is to seek justice protects person, property, happiness wisdom through knowledge. and reputation. We are instructed to judge with patience and impartially. The apron of the 7th 13° - Royal Arch of Solomon (Knight of the 12° 13° Degree is white edged with red, with a key and Ninth Arch) Liberty in our mind and hearts and five rosettes. The jewel is a golden key. The duty motivated by duty and honor are the lessons of this is justice. degree. The apron of the 13th Degree is purple, bordered with white and with the “Enochian delta” 8° - Intendant of the Building We should strive (hexagram with inscribed Tetragrammation) in the for perfection by using the great principles center. The jewel comprises a circular medal of of God’s inherent love, charity, morality and gold. The duties are to seek knowledge and to be kindness. The apron of the 8th Degree is white motivated by duty and honour. with red and green, with a balance, a nine-pointed 14° 15° star, and a triangle with the Hebrew letters BETH 14° - Perfect Elu (Grand Elect, Perfect and for Ben-Khurim; YOU for Jakinah; and ALEPH Sublime Mason) This degree teaches us to reflect for Achar. The jewel of this Degree is a gold and scrutinize ourselves. We should strive to be triangle with the same three letters. The duties are true to ourselves and our God. The apron being benevolence and charity. of white silk, bordered in gold with the Ineffable Delta in the Center, is truly emblematical of the 9° - Elu of the Nine (Elected Knight of the Nine) degree. The jewel of the 14th Degree is split; one Truth, candor and generosity. The foundation of being a quadrant (compass open to ninety degrees) Scottish Rite Masonry is most reflected in this topped by a crown and with a nine-pointed star on 16° 17° degree. We should use these truths to shape our the obverse; the other being a five-pointed blazing lives and conduct. The apron of the 9th Degree is star with the Tetragrammaton on the reverse. white, lined with black and sprinkled with blood, The compass is opened on a segment of a circle with an arm holding a dagger and a severed head inscribed with the numbers 3, 5, 7, 9. The duties held by the hair. The jewel of this degree is a are to assist, encourage and defend the brethren; to dagger, hilt of gold and blade of silver. The duties protect the oppressed and relieve want and distress; are enlightenment of soul and mind, vigilance, to enlighten the people and serve the common tolerance and being on guard for fanaticism and good. 1
  13. 13. 18° 19° CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIx skull and cross-bones, a red passion cross and three The Chapter of Rose Croix attempts to provide the red rosettes. The grand jewel is a gold compass open candidate with a deeper understanding of religion, a quarter circle. A rose-cross is between the legs philosophy, ethics and history though a variety of the compass and under it is a pelican, tearing its of complex “historical degrees”. The intellectual breast to feed its seven young on the obverse and challenges presented in these degrees are numerous, an eagle with wings extended on the reverse. On and at times overwhelming and can take years to the circle are the letters I.N.R.I. The duties are to master. A thorough reading of the chapters related practice virtue; to labor to eliminate vice; to purify to them in Morals and Dogma and in Legenda humanity; to be tolerant of the faith and creed of 20° 21° others. and Readings is essential to achieve even a basic comprehension of their true meaning. (click images to enlarge) COUNCIL OF KADOSH The word “Kadosh” is a Hebrew word meaning 15° - Knight of the East, of the Sword or of the Holy. Although Pike identifies the degrees of the Eagle Fidelity to obligations and perseverance of Council of Kadosh as chivalric and philosophical, purpose under difficulties and discouragement are they are all intensely mystical with respect to the the lessons of this degree. The striking crimson lessons conveyed and symbols employed. (click velvet apron of this degree is edged with green, images to enlarge) 22° 23° having a bleeding head above two crossed swords “Faith in moral principles, in virtue and in God is as and a triangle (top point to the left) with three necessary for the guidance of a man as instinct is for interlaced triangles inside it. The jewel is three the guidance of an animal.” - Albert Pike golden concentric triangles encompassing two crossed swords. The duty is to rebuild the Masonic Temple of liberty, equality and fraternity in the 19° - Grand Pontiff We learn from the past and souls of men. how it affects the present and the influence we live in the future in this degree. We as mortals strive 16° - Prince of Jerusalem We learn of heroism to endure, produce and improve the world as it of patience, the nobility of self-sacrifice and surrounds us. There is no apron, but the jewel is 24° 25° compassionate judgment; along with charity, fidelity a gold “parallelogram” (rectangle) with a Greek and brotherhood. The crimson apron is edged in Alpha on one side and an Omega on the other. The gold and aurora-color, with a square, shield, Delta duties are to be content to labor for the future; to with three YODs, balance and a hand of justice. The serve the cause of truth with patience and industry; jewel is a mother-of-pearl lozenge with a hand and to destroy error, falsehood and intolerance with holding a balance in equipoise; under it a sword truth, honesty, honour and charity. with five stars surrounding the point. On the left is a Hebrew D, on the right is a Hebrew Z. The duties 20° - Master of the Symbolic Lodge This degree are to aid those who labor to build the Symbolic demonstrates liberty, fraternity and equality. These 26° 27° truths teach morals, religious and philosophical Temple; to judge equitably and fairly; to keep faith in the justice and beneficence of God and to press understandings. This degree helps one to forward with hope for the persecuted and oppressed. comprehend Deity, the forces of nature and good and evil. The apron is yellow, bordered in blue, 17° - Knight of the East West The wisdom of with three concentric point-down triangles with this degree is that loyalty to God is man’s primary the Tetragrammaton (horizontal) and “Fiat Lux” allegiance and that temporal governments not (vertical) at the center forming a cross. Its triangular founded upon God and His righteousness will shape relates to the “fourth great light, which inevitably fall. The apron is of yellow satin with reminds us of the Deity and his attributes”. The 28° 29° crimson and gold, with a sword and Tetractys of jewel is made of gold with the same three concentric the Tetragrammaton on it. The jewel is a heptagon triangles. The duties are to dispense light and of half silver and half gold, with crossed swords on knowledge and to practice Masonic virtues. a balance on the obverse and a lamb on the Book of Seven Seals on the reverse. The jewel is hung 21° - Noachite or Prussian Knight The lessons from a double order - one black (left-to-right) and to be learned from this degree are that arrogance, one white (right-to-left), representing good versus defamation and cowardice are unworthy attributes evil. A gold coronet is also presented. The duties are of a Mason; and that humility, modesty and courtesy to work, reflect and pray; to hope, trust and believe; are the true virtues of men and Masons. The apron 30° 31° to teach the truths that are hidden in allegory and is yellow and contains an arm holding a sword, a concealed by the symbols of Freemasonry. winged figure holding a key in the left hand and the right forefinger on the lips (the Egyptian figure of 18° - Knight Rose Croix This degree emphasizes silence). The jewel can be described as a point-up that life and its strength come from God. The rose triangle, with an arrow, point downward, an arm signifies the dawn and the cross is a sacred symbol holding a sword and the motto “Fiat Justitia, Ruat of antiquity in many cultures. One is also taught to Coelum”. The duties are humility, modesty, trust in be tolerant of other’s errors and faults. The apron God and to be steadfast and courageous in the face is of white leather or satin, bordered in red, with a of adversity.
  14. 14. charity, truth and honor. We should always strive to assist the poor, 22° - Knight Royal Axe, Prince of Libanus This degree emphasizes helpless and infirm. The apron is of scarlet lambskin, lined in black, work ethics. By doing good work we improve character and become with a Teutonic Cross (cross potent sable, charged with a smaller better citizens. The apron of this degree is white, bordered in purple, cross double potent or surcharged with the escutcheon of the Empire, and contains a three-headed serpent and a table with instruments and the two-headed black eagle) and a black key surrounded by a laurel plans on it. The jewel is an axe and handle of gold. On the top of the wreath. The jewel is the Teutonic Cross shown on the apron. The handle are the initials of Noah and Solomon. In the middle of the duties are to be a lover of wisdom and to be faithful to your promises handle are the initials of Libanus and Tsidun. On the blade are the made within Masonry. initials of Adoniram, Cyrus, Darius, Zerubbabel, Nehemiah and Ezra on one side and Shem, Kham, Yapheth, Moses, Ahaliab and Betselal 28° - Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept We learn in this degree on the other. The duties are to respect labor for its own sake and to do that our love for God manifests itself in our love for truth, justice and work. nobility of soul. The apron worn is white lambskin with a vermilion pentagram. The jewel is a gold five-pointed star. The duties are to be 23° - Chief of the Tabernacle We learn in this degree that the man devoted to truth, honour, loyalty, justice and humanity. who forgets his duty to God, family, country and himself will be in danger of moral and spiritual destruction by thoughts and unworthy 29° - Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew The virtues taught in this ambition. The apron worn is white bordered with red, blue and purple degree are love of God, loyalty to superiors, faithful adherence ribbons. These colors, from the curtains of the Tabernacle, represent to promise and active resistance to unfair judgment. There is no earth, fire, air and sea respectively, as well as the Lord’s beneficence, apron. The jewel is a gold St. Andrew’s cross (“X”), surmounted with glory, wisdom and power. On the apron is the golden seven-branched a knight’s helmet with a thistle of gold between the arms at the bottom. candlestick, representing the seven planets and virtues; the sun, In the center of the cross is a Hebrew YOD and on its points, clockwise faith, and aspiration toward the infinite; the moon, hope; Venus, from bottom, the Hebrew letters N M I N. The duties are to reverence charity; Mars, fortitude, “victory over rage and anger”; Mercury, and obey God; to serve the truth; to protect virtue and innocence; to prudence; Saturn, temperance; Jupiter, conqueror of the Titans and defend the people against tyranny. justice. The jewel worn is a small silver censer, or ornamented cup, held by a handle in the shape of an open hand. The duties are to be 30° - Knight of Kadosh or Knight of the White Black Eagle The devoted to the service of God; to constantly endeavor to promote the lesson of this degree is to be true to ourselves, to stand for what is welfare of man; to act with proper subordination to your superiors. right and to be just in our lives today with a belief in God, country and oneself. There is no apron, but the jewel is a gold Teutonic cross, 24° - Prince of the Tabernacle A Mason must show evidence of enameled in red, with a silver double-headed eagle with wings spread compassion, piety and justice in this degree. After initiation he may pointing downward resting upon it. The duty is to labor unceasingly for “manifest faithfully the social virtues in order to receive the rewards”, the good of mankind. to serve humanity through our brotherhood. The apron is of white lambskin with scarlet green and blue. On it is a violet myrtle tree and a gold representation of an Arabian tent. The jewel worn is the Hebrew CONSISTORY letter ALEPH, suspended from a violet ribbon. The duties are to labor The Consistory Degrees are very different from each other in form incessantly for the glory of God, the honor of your country and the and content. The 31° reveals the dynamic relationship that has existed happiness of your brethren. for centuries between human law as a means of achieving justice, and divine justice as an ideal. The 32° reviews the degrees of the Lodge of 25° - Knight of the Brazen Serpent This degree attempts to explain Perfection, the Chapter of Rose Croix and the Council of Kadosh. In it the conceptualities of celestial purity and the eternal soul of man. The we learn the very ancient roots of Masonic Truth - in the East! (click apprentice is driven to look within his faith, life and God to get a clear images to enlarge) look at his inner self. The apron is white, lined in black with gold “Where Freemasonry flourishes, there will be found the highest type of stars on the white side (Pleiades, Hyades, Orion, Capella) and with citizenship and the best standard of living.” - Albert Pike silver stars on the black side (Perseus, Scorpio, Bootes). Also on it is a serpent (ouroboros) surrounding a scarab, a triangle in a glory with the 31° - Inspector Inquisitor In this degree the apprentice learns Tetragrammaton in its center and the four initials of the stars Regulus, prayerful self-examination. The mistakes today should not be Aldebaran, Antares and Fomalhaut. The jewel is a gold tau cross committed tomorrow. Simply, the daily look at ones self to learn to (crux ansata) with a serpent entwined around it and the Hebrew words live with the future. No apron is worn in the Supreme Tribunal, but the HLThI (he has suffered or been wounded) and NChShThN (the Brazen traditional apron displayed is of pure white lambskin with a Teutonic Serpent) on it. The duty is to fulfill your destiny and to re-create Cross of black and silver embroidered upon the flap. The jewel is a yourself by reformation, repentance and enlarging your knowledge. silver Teutonic cross. The jewel is suspended from a white collar, with a gold triangle with a “31” inside it. The duty is to judge yourself in the 26° - Prince of Mercy or Scottish Trinitarian In this degree we same light as you judge others, considering both actions and motives. explore for “the rewards of the trinity of Gods attributes - wisdom or intelligence, force or strength, harmony or beauty”. The apron is scarlet, bordered in white, with a green triangle (point-down) in the 32° - Master of the Royal Secret The lessons taught in this degree center. In the triangle are the initials of force, wisdom and harmony, are that genuine brotherhood requires mutual regard, opinion, esteem and a flaming heart of gold with the initials I.H.S. (Jesus Hominum and charity. We always look for the good in all and make allowances Salvator or Imperium, Harmonia, Sapientia). The jewel is gold and for other’s shortcomings. We trust the Supreme Architect to lead us is the same triangle, suspended by a purple ribbon. The duties are to friendship, morality and brotherly love. The apron of this degree to practice forgiveness and mercy; tolerance; to be devoted to the is white, lined in black, with a double-headed eagle and a plan of the teaching of the principles of Masonry. Camp of the Princes. The jewel worn is a golden Teutonic Cross. In the center are the letters XXXII, surrounded by a green wreath. The cap of 27° - Knight Commander of the Temple This degree teaches the a Master of the Royal Secret is black silk with a black band trimmed apprentice to scorn selfishness and to uphold the knightly virtues of in gold. In the center front is a double-headed eagle emblem with a 14
  15. 15. Sc rayed equilateral triangle above in gold. The triangle is red, has 32° in its center and is trimmed ot with gold. The duties are: a Soldier of the Light seeks truth and knowledge; a Soldier of Freedom ti s h demands for the people free vote and voice and attains freedom of voice, vote and opinion for Ri himself; a Soldier of the True Religion combats spiritual tyranny with reason and truth; a Soldier te A of the People encourages men to be self-reliant and independent; a Soldier of Scottish Rite pr Masonry is zealous and ardent in the performance of his duties to God, his country, his family, on his brethren and himself. COURT OF HONOUR The Scottish Rite confers a number of honors upon members who have contributed extraordinary service to the Rite, to Masonry in general, and to the world at large. (click images to enlarge) Knight Commander of the Court of Honour The Rank of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor is not a Degree, but an Investiture, bestowed upon members deserving recognition for faithful services to the Rite or to mankind. At the biennial session of the Supreme Council, The apron is of white silk or velvet, twelve certain Masters of the Royal Secret are chosen to be invested with the Rank and Decoration of inches square, edged with two stripes of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour. The respective Sovereign Grand Inspectors General gold lace, each half an inch wide, and an inch apart, and fringed with gold. Between or Deputies nominate members for this honor, and they must also be unanimously approved by the stripes of lace is a stripe of black velvet. The Supreme Council. This Investiture is a prerequisite to receiving the Thirty-third Degree. On the flap are embroidered six flags, three on each side, the lower one blue, the middle The Rank of K.∙.C.∙.C.∙.H.∙. may not be requested, and if requested must be refused. The cap of one red, and the upper one gold. On these, the Knight Commander Court of Honour is red with a darker red band trimmed in gold. In the in the center, is a Teutonic Cross of gold, center front is a representation of the Knight Commander Jewel, a Passion Cross with fancy and over that an eye of gold, surrounded by rays. On the cross, a black double-headed arms, featuring in the center a trefoil embroidered in green encircled by “Kt.∙. Comm.∙. Court of eagle, with beak and claws of gold, holding Honour” embroidered in gold. a sword of gold, one claw on the hilt.. On the body of the apron is the Tracing -Board of the degree in all the colors. The reverse 33° - Inspector General Honorary The Thirty-third Degree is conferred by the Supreme Council side of the apron is of crimson silk or velvet. upon members of the Rite in recognition of outstanding work in the Rite or in public life. At its It is tied by a heavy cord of crimson silk. biennial session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the Degree. Members unanimously so elected become honorary members of the Supreme Council. The Thirty-third Degree may not be requested, and if requested must be refused. The Degree is granted solely out Scottish Rite Regalia Photos and of recognition for outstanding services. These 33° Masons are Inspectors General Honorary and Prints Illustrations of the Scottish honorary members of the Supreme Council. The active members of the Supreme Council are Rite regalia paintings by Bro. chosen from among them. The cap for an Inspector General Honorary is white with a white band Robert H. White, 32°, are available edged in gold, featuring the symbol for this honorary Degree, a red slanting Patriarchal Cross. in two formats: Grand Cross of the Court of Honour This is the highest individual honor that The Supreme (1) individual 8” x 12” or 11” x 14” Council bestows. It is voted very rarely to Thirty-third Degree Masons only for the most color photographs (2) grouped exceptional and extraordinary services. The Grand Cross cap is white with a blue band. On the photos in a color 22” x 33” poster front is a replica of the Grand Cross jewel, which is composed of a Teutonic Cross, with an To order individual prints please embroidered crimson rose with green leaves at its center. contact Bro. George J. Stoklas, 32º KCCH Phone: 202-483-7488 email: embcamera@aol.com 32° 33° To order color posters picturing all of the regalia paintings, 4° thru 33°, including KCCH Grand Cross, contact: The Supreme Council 33° S.J., 1733 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009; Phone: 202-232-3579; or visit the online store at: www.srmason-sj.org Reprinted From - http://www.scottish-rite-mn.org/degrees.htm 15
  16. 16. The SCOTTiSh RiTe MaSOnS nORTheRn JuRiSdiCTiOn 3 Masonic Learning ° Centers for Children Since 1994 when the first centers opened, over 5,000 children have been tutored at the Children’s Learning Centers and more than 750 tutors have received certification to carry out this important work. We are heartened by the fact that we have witnessed, both anecdotally and statistically, the positive effects that such tutoring has on the lives of dyslexic children, their families and their communities. 32°Masonic learning Centers for Children of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. If your child is struggling with reading and writing, how do you know if dyslexia is the cause? Where can you go for help? For over ten years, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. At 59 Learning Centers in 15 states, the Children’s Learning Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors. 16
  17. 17. 3°Masonic Learning Centers for Children History and Methodology The Masons are the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, with a rich history in the U.S. that dates back to colonial times- George Washington was among the first Masons in the then newly formed United States. A cornerstone of Scottish Rite Masonry is a wholehearted commitment to volunteerism. Masons do their charitable work at a level where real differences can be made in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Following the philanthropic precedent of many other Masonic charities, notably the Shriners Hospitals, the Children’s Learning Centers Program represents a substantial charitable commitment. This commitment totaled $8 million in 2005 and we anticipate that the program will grow to even greater capacity in coming years. In 1994, the Scottish Rite Masons joined forces with the world- renowned Massachusetts General Hospital to launch a major endeavor to help ease the life-long burdens of dyslexia. Until the Children’s Learning Centers were launched in the 15 states of this organization’s Northern Jurisdiction, no other national charity had adopted this critical need as a major concern. Although studies revealed the existence of remarkably effective programs for treating dyslexia, no one was addressing the issue and its cost to individuals and society in a systematic way. The initial goal was to open 55 Learning Centers in 15 states. At that time, the Masons made the following philanthropic pledges: * To help children with dyslexia learn to read and to reach their full potential; * To help their families end the frustration, guilt, and disruption caused by dyslexia; * To help communities by building Learning Centers to help youngsters succeed in and out of school; and * To fully fund this endeavor. The Children’s Learning Centers, now in 15 states, provide tutoring at no charge to children from kindergarten through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Children are eligible regardless of economic status, race, religion, or Masonic affiliation. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous, and inspires our commitment to this program. Additionally the Scottish Rite Masons Southern Jurisdiction runs 165 RiteCare clinics, centers and special programs for children with speech, language, hearing, and learning disorders. The curriculum used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training at all Children’s Learning Centers integrates principles of two of the leading Orton-Gillingham approaches. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920’s, uses a sequential, multisensory phonetic approach. Thus, a variety of sensory data is used to help children understand the written word. School teachers receive training and continuing education credits to become certified Children’s Learning Center tutors. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary, and progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps. Services provided by the Learning Centers equip LocaTions There are currently 59 Children’s Learning Centers in 15 states. Each Learning Center is administered by its own director, has its own staff, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors that is broadly representative of the community in which the Center is located. All Centers fall under a single not for profit 501 (c)(3) Massachusetts corporation. Although each is administered by a Center Director and governed by a Board of Governors, they are all subject to standard operational and clinical policies and procedures established by the Corporate Board of Directors. This centralization of policies and procedures ensures that the quality of our services remains high even as the number of our Centers grows. Click on your state, or the state nearest your home, for a list of local learning centers. Reprint from : http://www.childrenslearningcenters.org 17 Photos - Mitchell Ozog

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