The Consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret:
"Traditional", "Chivalric" and "Modern" Degrees - from the 19th to the 32nd
inclusive, are conferred in a Consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal
Secret. Each Degree dramatizes its own unique and independent message
and applies it to a familiar life situation.
In the area of morals, certain Consistory Degrees teach the ultimate victory
of good over evil, the dignity of labor, the sacredness of duty and
unselfish service as the test of one's religious professions. A leader
of men is taught that he must be righteous if he aspires to influence others
and that he should listen, with open mind, to the lessons of the ages.
In social relations, the Consistory teaches: that toleration is respect for
the opinions and religious convictions of others; that he who judges others
must himself be above reproach; that it is noble to forgive but ignoble to
seek revenge; that a Freemason who commits a felony will not be shielded by
his brethren; and that he should have faith in himself, in his fellowman,
and in God.
In the area of national affairs, the Consistory holds firmly to the
separation of Church and State and teaches that treason is a crime over
which Masonry casts no mantle of charity. It proclaims that the
crowning glory, in any human life, is that sacrificial love which impels one
to lay down his life for a friend.
19º -- The Grand Pontiff 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 concerned primarily with the perennial conflict between light and
darkness, good and evil, God and Satan.
20º -- The Master ad Vitam Degree Dramatizes the American
spirit for 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.
21º -- The Patriarch Noachite Degree Teaches that
Freemasonry is not a shield for evil doing and that justice is one of
the chief supports of our fraternity.
22º -- The Prince of Libanus Degree Demonstrates the
dignity of labor. It is no curse, but a privilege, for man to be
allowed to earn his sustenance by work. Idleness, not labor, is
23º -- The Chief of the Tabernacle Degree Teaches that
those with faith in God and love for their fellow man will make great
sacrifices to help others.
24º -- The Prince of the Tabernacle Degree Teaches that a
mutual belief in a Supreme Power should bind all men together in a
25º -- The Knight of the Brazen Serpent Degree Teaches
that there are lapses in every individual life as well as in the history
of every nation, which result in decreased discipline and faith.
This degree is a clarion call to faith--in ourselves, in each other, and
26º -- The Prince of Mercy Degree Reiterates the
qualities of mercy and compassion.
27º -- The Commander of the Temple Degree Stresses 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.
28º -- The Knight of the Sun Degree Illustrates the
symbolism of the tools and implements of architecture. They teach
that, by building high moral character among its adherents, Freemasonry
may advance man's determined quest for the achievement of unity and good
will throughout the world.
29º -- The Knight of Saint Andrew 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.
30º -- The Grand Elect Knight Kadosh Degree Proscribes
the tests and ceremonies that symbolize the experiences we must undergo
to build excellence in character.
31º -- The Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander Degree
Teaches that we should give every man the benefit of innocence and
purity of intentions. He who would judge others must first judge
32º -- The Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret 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 who is eager to serve humanity but
may be caught between self-interest and the call of duty. Duty
often requires sacrifice, sometimes the supreme sacrifice.