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you have conformed to mine. The mysteries of this degree, to which I require your attention, will be best explained in
Q, Very honourable brother, are you a Scotch Master ?
A. To prepare the altars and to adorn them with precious stones.
Q. Have you any other employ?
A. To form the sacred utensils and to ornament them with sculpture.
Q. What are the utensils ?
A. The ark of alliance, the altar of incense, the table of shewbread, the golden candlesticks, the brazen altar and the brazen
Q. What are the ornaments of the ark of alliance.
A. By placing the hands upon the head, the fingers open, which is the symbol of the ten commandments.
Q. What were the materials used in forming the ark?
A. It was two cubits and a half in length, one and a half in breadth, and as much in height.
Q. How came you to acquire this knowledge ?
A. In return for the designs which I presented at my initiation.
Q. What pledge was exacted from you before this magnificent discovery?
A. A voluntary engagement which my heart approved and my mouth pronounced,
Q. What succeeded this obligation ?
Q. What is represented by the triangle?
A. Eternity, science and power.
A. The sacred word and its situation evinces that the creator is the centre and sonrce of Masonry.
Q. What is the signification of the circle round it ?
A. To keep in remembrance the ardour which enabled us to obtain this degree.
Q. In what place was the first lodge of Superintendant Scotch Masters held ?
A. Between three mountains, inaccessible to the ignorant, and in a valley where peace, virtue and union reign.
Q. Name the mountains ?
A. In the north of Scotland, from whence it is termed Scotch
V. P. Very Honourable Superintendant Scotch Masters, this is the ultimatum, the highest number in the archives of masonry. It is the boundary beyond which there is no passing. This is the last instant of the last hour of the last year that this lodge is to be held." The very honourable brethren give one knock each until eighty-one are counted and the lodge is closed.
* The continental masons of the last century had a tradition among them, that pure Masonry had been preserved by the inhabitants of a cave in a nsountain near Aberdeen. So powerful was the tradition, that some German Masons were deputed to ascertain from those of Aberdeen, if such were the fact. The ignorant Masons of Aberdeen were astonished at such an application, and told the deputation, that they were equally ignorant of pure Masonry; indeed, they had a notion that it had only been preserved on he continent!
A DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE OF SECRET MASTER, CALLED, BY FINCH, THE SECRET PROVOST AND LEVITICAL ORDER OP PRIESTHOOD.
": Form of the Lodge. TA is lodge is hung with black, strewed with tears. The master
comes to the temple to the seven expert masters to repair the loss of Hiram 'Abiff. In this lodge there is but one Warden, who is called Adoniram. It is he who had the inspection of the workmansbip , Hiram
He was the first SECRET MASTER.
Form of the Lodge. Solomon sits in the east, clothed in black, lined with ermine; holds a sceptre in his hand ; before him is a triangular altar, on which is a crown of laurels and olive leaves. Adoniram sits in the west, is called inspector, and does not make use of any iron tool; because the work was suspended by the death of Hiram Abift. Solomon is decorated with a broad blue ribband from his right shoulder to his teft hip, at the bottom of which hangs a triangle; but no apron. Adoniram is decorated with a broad white ribband, with black borders, has a triangular collar, to which is pendant, an ivory key with the letter Ž in the 'wards." 'All the brethren have a similar collar and key, with white aprons and black strings. The white signifies the candour and innocence of the masters and the black the mourning for their chief. The flap of the apron is blue, with an eye of gold painted on it. This lodge should be lighted with 81 lights in branches of nine to each; but may be done with three times three. • Form of opening the Lodge.
2. a T. P. Brother Adoniram, are you à secret Master?
A. Thrice puissant, I have passed from the square to the compasses, I have seen the tomb of Hiram Abiff, and have, in com pany with my brethren, shed many tears over it.
T. P. What is the clock? ** A. The dawn of the day has driven away darkness and the great light begins to shine in this lodge.
T. P. If the great light begins to shine in this lodge and we are all secret masters, it is time to begin our work. Give notice, Brother Adoniram, that I am about to open the lodge.
Adoniram gives this notice: the, thrice puissant strikes seçen times with his hands and makes the sign of silence, by putting the two first fingers of his right hand upon his lips' Then all the Brethren strike seven times and answer the sign, by putting the two first fingers of their left handsapot their lips. The thrice Puissant says : “ this lodge is open."
STT2AN T Form of receplion ori passing,TIS!P10 A -1. The blue master, or candidate, must be exaidined by ná lex pert master in his third degree, before he is introduced. He is then bound; a large square is hung over his face, with a great light in his hand. The master of the ceremonies knocks seven times at the when he enters and gives an account to Adoniram who reports the same to the thrice Puissant, and desires that he may be introduced to him, Adoniram. He is so introduced, examined, led to the pillar or cushion, and told to kneel on his right knee. The thrice Puissant; seeing him with a great square on his forehead, a light in his hand, and kneeling, thus addresses
My dear Brother, you have seen little more than a thick veil which covers the sanctum sanctorum of God's Holy Temple, Your fidelity, fervour and constaney have gained you the favours wbich I am now about to grant: that is, to shew to you our tréasure and to introduce you to the number destined to fill the loss of our dear brother Hiram Abiff, in hope, that God will enable you one day or other to arrive at the secret vault, there to contemplate the pillar of beauty. Do you find yourself capable to keep the secrets with which we are willing to intrust you; and are you willing to take an obligation ? Noodle, I consent.
3dder The penalty of this obligation is, to have the penalties of all former obligations inflicted, guaranteed by seven repetitions of the word amen.
Adoniram raises Noodle and the thrice Puissant invests - him with a ribbon, key, and apron ; crowns him with a crowd of laúrel and olive leaves ; after which he addresses him as follows:
My dear brother, I receive you, a secret master and give you rank
among the Levites, to fill the number of one whom we have lost. This laurel represents the victory you are to gain over your passions. The Olive is the symbol of peace, which ought always to reign among us. It is for you to deserve the favour, that God may
to arrive one day, in the secret place, to contem? plate the pillar of beauty. I decorate you with an ivory, key, hung to a black and white ribbon, as a symbol of your fidelity, inRocence and discretion. The white apron and gloves are the marks of the candour of the secret master.
My dear brother, by the rank which you now have among the Levites, in quality of secret master, you have become the faithful guardian of the temple and are one of the seven to substitute the loss of Hiram Abitt, of whose melancholy history you have already been informed. The eye on the flap of your apron is to remind you that you are to keep a careful eye or watch on the workmen in general, Our sigus are, first, the one puts the two first fingers of the
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right hand on his lips and the other answers by the same sign with the left hand.
The grip is first, the Master Mason's, then creep up to the elbow and balance seven times, crossing your right leg during the balance.
The pass-word is Zizon, a Hebrew word, signifying balustrade, which is a little row of turned pillars. The second word is, Job, Adonai, Ina, They are the three first names which God gave himself to Moses on the mountain : the initials of whicly you see traced on the triangle.
Go, my brother, pass before the brethren, and then listen to our doctrine.
Lecture or Catechism.
A. Solomon with Adoniram the inspector of the works of the Temple.
Q. Did you perceive any thing at your entrance ?
A. I perceived a triangle in a great circle, in the centre of which is enclosed a blazing star, which blinded me with holy respect and contemplation.
Q. What signifies the Hebrew character in the triangle? A. Something beyond the common knowledge of human nature which I cannot pronounce.
Q. We are in a lodge, and, therefore, pronounce it?
Moses was alone on the mountain when God appeared to him and pronounced it. It was forbidden by a law of Moses to be publicly mentioned, by which, the true pronunciation was lost; but I hope one day to arrive at the knowledge thereof.
Q. Did you perceive any thing more?
A. l'he names which God gave himself, speaking to Moses on the monntain, giving him hopes that his future issue should know the real name.