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The Structure Of Freemasonry

The Structure of Freemasonry American Freemasonry resembles two sets of stairs that begin and end together, as this chart of Masonic structure shows. A Mason's first step is to become an Entered Ap- prentice. He climbs to the third step where most Masons stay. If he wants to go on in Masonic hierarchy, he enters either the Scottish or York rites. Many authorities say the Scottish Rite was begun by Scots emigrés in France; the York Rite is named after York, England where, by legend, the first Masonic body was organized. In the Scottish Rite a Mason climbs 30 steps, or degrees. The name he takes on at each degree is written on each step in chart. Where there are two names the top is used by northern Masons, the italicized one by southern Ma- sons. Some figures a Mason meets in Rite ceremonies stand on the steps (from bottom): King Solomon, King Cyrus, acolyte, George Washington. Sultan. Each degree teaches a moral. To earn degree candidate learns the moral and participates in ceremony dramatizing it. A 32° is the highest degree a Mason can earn. The 33° is awarded by the Supreme Council, ruling body of the Rite. A Mason in York Rite advances 10 degrees, known by name and not by degree number. On chart arc figures he meets at each degree or the degree symbol. Figures are: temple workman, Past Master (Virtual), Israel tribesman, High Priest of Jews, King Hiram of Tyre, Knight of Malta, Knight Templar, equal in prestige to 33° in Scottish Rite. Under the arch are organizations allied to Freemasonry. Master Masons are eligible for Grotto and Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Girls with a Mason in the family can join Job's Daughters or Rainbow Girls;women, the Eastern Star: boys, DeMolay. Only 32° Masons or Knights Templar can join the Shrine. Shriner's wife can be a Daughter of the Nile. Most important of many Masonic symbols are the open Bible with square and compass on it (left); Solomon's temple (belom Bible), and the C with the all-seeing eye inside (upper right). In the U.S. the G stands for God. 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General Order of Knights Templar 32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret Master of thp Royal Secret 31° Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander lnspector Inquisitor 30° Grand Elect Knight K-H Knight Kndosh 29° Knight of St. Andrew Scottish Knight of St. Andrew Order of Knights of Malta 28° Knight of the Sun Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept 27° Commander of the Temple Knight Commander of the Tomple 26° Prince of Mercy 25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent Super Excellent Master SCOTTISH RITE Order of the Red Cross 24° Prince of the Tabernacle Select Master YORK RITE 23° Chief of the Tabernacle Royal Master 22° Prince of Libanus Knight of the Royal Axe 21° Patriarch Noachite Noachite or Prussian Knight AAONMS 20° Master Ad Vitam Master of the Symbolic Lodge 19° Grand Pontiff Pontiff 18° Knight of the Rose Croix of H.R.D.M. Knight Rose Croix 17° Knight of the East and West Royal Arch Mason 16° Prince of Jerusalem Daughters of the Nile Shrine 15° Knight of the East or Sword Knight of the East 14° Grand Elect Mason Perfeet Elu 13° Master of the Ninth Areh Royal Arch of Solomon Most Excellent Master 12° Grand Master Architect Master Architect 11° Sublime Master Elected Elu of the Tieelve 10° Elect of Fifteen Elu of the Fifteen 9° Master Elect of Nine Elu of the Nine Past Master (Virtual 8° Intendant of the Building 7° Provost and Judge Tall Cedars of Lebanon Rainbow Order of Order of the Eastern Star Grotto Joh's 6° Intimate Daughters Girls DeMolay Secretary MOVPER 5* Perfeet Mark Master Master 4° Secret Master ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS 3° Master Mason 2° Felloweraft 1° Entered Apprentice Enritt Hinry

The Structure Of Freemasonry

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The Structure Of Freemasonry compares the steps in two different hierarchies of organizational titles.

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