Scottish Rite Degrees
Lodge of Perfection
The Ineffable Degrees, from the Fourth to the Fourteenth inclusive, are conferred in a Lodge of Perfection. They are called “ineffable” because they are concerned with the ineffable or unutterable name of God and with man’s eager quest for the true name. These eleven degrees, based upon the legends of King Solomon’s elaborate teachings of symbolic Freemasonry, are applied to practical situations which we face in our everyday lives. The Fourteenth degree summarizes that which has been taught and is a moral and philosophical climax.
4º – SECRET MASTER
5º – PERFECT MASTER
6º – CONFIDENTIAL SECRETARY
7º – PROVOST AND JUDGE
8º – INTENDENT OF THE BUILDING
9º – ELU OF THE NINE
10º – ELU OF THE FIFTEEN
11º – ELU OF THE TWELVE
12º – MASTER ARCHITECT
13º – ROYAL ARCH OF SOLOMON
14º – PERFECT ELU
Scottish Rite Masons of this day have adopted the emblem of the Fourteenth Degree ring as a symbol that represents the sword, shield, and armor of the ancient brethren.
This is the last degree of the Lodge of Perfection, which meets on the first Thursday of each month to conduct the business of all four bodies. All members are urged to attend.
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth degrees are known as the philosophical and doctrinal degrees of the Scottish Rite. They offer a new development of Masonic teachings and are a distinct departure and advance from the symbolism and teaching of the symbolic lodge and of the preceding Scottish Rite degrees. These deal with the first temple and its supporting columns, and the attempt to restore them.
The Rose Croix degrees are the spiritual center and among the most important in the whole body of Masonry.
15º – KNIGHT OF THE EAST
16º – PRINCE OF JERUSALEM
17º – KNIGHT OF THE EAST AND WEST
18º – KNIGHT ROSE CROIX
The Nineteenth through the Thirtieth Degrees are Philosophical and Chivalric. They fortify the truth seeking Candidate with arms of Faith, Hope and Charity with which to fight the enemies of Intolerance and Oppression. They remind one how indispensable to human progress is the inviolability of the right of personal liberty and private property at the hands of a fearless independent judiciary. Masonry teaches that every idler ought to hasten to some field of labor, manual or mental, as a chosen and coveted theater of improvement. Their doctrine is of one devotion to the service of God, and zeal and constant endeavor for the welfare of men. They teach an intellect enlightened by study, audacity which nothing checks, a will which nothing can conquer, and a discretion which nothing can corrupt or intoxicate. Also, that ignorance can corrupt into falsehoods the truths of religion and philosophy, and that it is the Grace of God, His goodness, beneficence and mercy, which gives the Masons of these degrees their distinctive name. Times and circumstances may change, but virtue and duty remain the same. Symbolic Masonry does not claim to have either philosophy or religion but is the champion of the right of free conscience in religion. The Cross of Saint Andrew has always been the emblem of Charity and Forbearance for the weak, the poor and the helpless. The last of the Degrees, the Thirtieth, humanizes the old lesson of vengeance.
19º – GRAND PONTIFF
20º – MASTER OF THE SYMBOLIC LODGE
21º – NOACHITE OR PRUSSIAN KNIGHT
22º – KNIGHT OF THE ROYAL AXE or PRINCE OF LEBANON
23º – CHIEF OF THE TABERNACLE
24º – PRINCE OF THE TABERNACLE
25º – KNIGHT OF THE BRAZEN SERPENT
26º – PRINCE OF MERCY
27º – KNIGHT OF THE SUN or PRINCE ADEPT
28º – KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE TEMPLE
29º – SCOTTISH KNIGHT OF ST. ANDREW
30º – KNIGHT KADOSH
A thirty-second degree Mason, a Sublime Master of the Royal Secret, can and should add a great deal to the image of Masonry, both to the outside world, and to our fellow Masons. The lessons portrayed have been an embellishment of your previous Masonic life, one void of the apathy and lethargy which is so evident in today’s society. Vow that henceforth you will take neither your heritage nor Masonic life for granted, but rather will illuminate them with the teachings of Masonry. You can thereby become a valuable member of our Scottish Rite and a contributor to the image of the greatest fraternity ever known to man.
31º – INSPECTOR INQUISITOR
32º – MASTER OF THE ROYAL SECRET