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ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE
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19° – Grand Pontiff: This degree proclaims the spiritual unity of all who believe in God and cherish the hope of immortality, no matter what religious leader they follow or what creed they profess. It is primarily concerned with the perennial conflict between light and darkness, good and evil, God and Satan.
20° – Master ad Vitam: This degree is a drama of the American spirit confronting the challenge of disloyalty and treason. Masonic principles and leadership are subjected to a crucial test. The degree demonstrates the Masonic condemnation of all who conspire against the security of the nation and the happiness of our people.
21° – Patriarch Noachite: This degree teaches that Freemasonry is not a shield for evildoing and that justice is one of the chief supports of our fraternity.
22° – Prince of Libanus: In this degree, the dignity of labor is demonstrated. It is no curse, but a privilege, for man to be allowed to earn his sustenance by work. Idleness, not labor, is disgraceful.
23° – Chief of the Tabernacle: This degree is a dramatic story of four men of God, a Jewish Rabbi, a Catholic priest, a Methodist Minister and a pastor of a Reformed church who gave their lives in World War II so that other might live. A dramatic story which demonstrates that those with faith in God, and love for their fellow man will make great sacrifices to help others.
24° – Brother of the Forest: This degree, by historical flashback, shows that the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge often can dispel the fears created by ignorance and prejudice.
25° – Master of Achievement: This degree teaches that no man is perfect and that all men err. If however, he maintains a firm and unshakable reliance in God’s grace he can and will regain his direction, his humility, his faith and his goals.
26° – Prince of Mercy: This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and a tenderness of heart which dispose us to overlook differences between people. Through an inspirational drama, this degree teaches that people with similar goals may have differing points of view and that respect should be given to the opinions of others.
27° – Knight of Jerusalem: This degree teaches that Scottish Rite Freemasonry believes in the concept of a free church in a free state, each supreme in its own sphere, neither seeking to dominate the other but cooperating for the common good. This degree is brought to life by dramatic events from the time of the Teutonic Knights and the period of the Crusades.
28° – Knight of the Sun: his degree teaches that as nature hides her treasures under an external coat which must be hewn away before her wonders can be put to use by man, so Freemasonry helps us to strip the vies and superfluities of our lives so that we see and perform our duty to God and our fellow man.
29° – Knight of St. Andrew: This degree emphasizes the Masonic teachings of equality and toleration. We are reminded that no one man, no one Church, no one religion, has a monopoly of truth; that while we must be true and faithful to our own convictions, we must respect the opinions of others.
30° – Grand Inspector: This degree teaches that we should not rush to judgment. He who would judge others must first judge himself.
31° – Knight Aspirant: This degree describes the victory of the spiritual over the human in man and the conquest of appetites and passions by moral sense and reason. The exemplar represents every Freemason eager to serve humanity but caught between self-interest and the call of duty. Duty often requires sacrifice, sometimes the supreme sacrifice.
32° – Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret: This degree describes the victory of the spiritual over the human in man and the conquest of appetites and passions by moral sense and reason. The exemplar represents every Freemason eager to serve humanity but caught between self-interest and the call of duty. Duty often requires sacrifice, sometimes the supreme sacrifice.
4°- Secret Master: The Fourth Degree emphasizes duty, fidelity, integrity, and the necessity for secrecy in all confidential relationships.
5° – Perfect Master: This degree teaches that selfish thoughts and unworthy ambitions will corrupt and destroy a man.
6° – Master of the Brazen Serpent: This degree teaches that there are desert stretches in every individual life and in the history of every nation which results in a breakdown of discipline and loss of faith. This degree is a clarion call to faith, faith in ourselves, faith in each other and faith in God.
7° – Provost and Judge: This degree teaches us to righteously judge and that one law and one custom shall apply to all. Let justice be impartial, tempered with mercy.
8° – Intendant of the Building: This degree teaches that each new honor is meant to be a step toward perfection in the moral code. Each honor earned demands attention to a particular duty.
9° – Master Elect of Temple: This degree teaches that a mutual belief in a Supreme Power should bind all men together in a world-wide brotherhood.
10° – Master Elect of Fifteen: This degree teaches that a violator of his obligations and commitments will not go unpunished and, further, that excuses, rationalizations, and other evidences of lack of repentance, will very likely increase the severity of the penalties.
11° – Sublime Master Elected: This degree dwells on good citizenship. Evil doings should be punished. Honesty and respect for others should be rewarded. Be earnest, honest and sincere.
12° – Grand Master Architect: This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and tenderness of heart which disposes us to overlook injuries and to treat an offender better than he deserves.
13° – Master of the Ninth Arch: This degree teaches that difficulties and dangers, however great, should not deter the true and faithful brother from progressing onward to perfection. It teaches the great truth that the finest things in life come only as the result of constant and often painful effort.
14° – Grand Elect Mason: In Scottish Rite, this degree is the summit of Ancient Craft Masonry. As the crowning degree of the Lodge of Perfection, its essence is the holiness of God and reverence for His Holy Name. God will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.
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17° – Knight of the East and West: The lessons of this degree are that man will fall in efforts that are based on power, greed and envy; and that divine guidance is needed to keep us from repeating the errors of history.
18° – Knight of the Rose Croix of H.R.D.M.: The lessons taught in this degree are that man must have a new Temple in his heart where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth and that he must have a new law of love which all men everywhere may understand and practice. This degree affirms the broad principles of universality and tolerance.
15-16° Council Princes of Jerusalem
15° – Knight of the East: This degree teaches the important lessons of loyalty to our beliefs and fidelity to an obligation.
16° – Prince of Jerusalem: This degree teaches fidelity to duty and devotion to truth.
4-14° Lodge of Perfection
The Valley of Traverse City does not confer the Consistory Degrees, but can assist with petitioning a Valley which offers these Degrees.
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33° – The 33° is conferred upon those 32° members who have been outstanding in their contributions to Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite, or who have shown in their communities, the leadership which marks them as men who exemplify in their daily lives, the true meaning of the Brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. It cannot be sought by application.
A man, such as described above, who is not less than 33 years of age, may be selected and nominated by the Deputy of state. He may be elected a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Thirty-third and Last Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at an Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council. Such election shall be by vote of the Active Members present taken by secret ballot. The degree is conferred at the Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council.
17-18° Chapter of Rose Croix
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