Grand Lodge Bulletin Volume 21-23

Grand Lodge Bulletin Volume 21-23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...sublime degree is attributed to the Chevalier Ramsay, who is also credited with having invented some of the degrees of the Scottish Rite. Mackey says of it, "No event in the history of speculative Freemasonry has had so important an influence upon its developmen: as a system of symbolism as the invention of the Royal Arch degree. lt is evident that the limitation of the system to three degrees left the cycle of symbolism in as incomplete a condition as would be a novel with the last chapter unwritten." For many years the Royal Arch was conferred as the fourth degree of the Blue Lodge, but its importance finally caused it to be incorporated in its fitting place at the summit of the Chapter degrees. Here the TRUE WORD, and all that it symbolically signifies, is revealed. The degree is therefore really indispensable to every earnest seeker after Masonic light, and he who attains it is truly "EXALTED." The Council of Royal and Select Masters Only Royal Arch Masons are eligible to membership in the Council, but it is not obligatory to join the Council before taking the Commandery. A Grand Master of Massachusetts has said: "The Cryptic Rite stands on its Masonic merits. We glory in a companionship which is the result of Masonic lovenot compulsion." A New York Grand Master asserts: "Only Royal Arch Masons who love Masonry for itself, and not as a means to attain some end, . should be invited to join the Council." Albert Pike states that the two degrees of Royal and Select Master came No. 3 to America from France about l766. They also existed as "detached" degrees in the Masonic system of Frederick the Great. Their history in this country is unusually interesting. No less than three branches of...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842049
  • 9781236842046