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Ocala Council No. 22 Royal & Select Masters

    Welcome to the Ocala Council webpage. We invite sojourning Royal & Select Masters to join us for Cryptic fellowship. Our Stated Convocations are on the 2nd Wednesday of the following months: February, April, June, October and December. We meet at Belleview Lodge located at 5811 Baseline Road, Belleview, Florida. Election of Council Officers are on the 2nd Wednesday of December.

2011 Council Officers

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Ill.  Dana Oldenburg  Illustrious Master
Comp. Wayne Sessa  Scribe
Comp. Wayne Baker Principal Conductor of the Work
Right Ill. Larry D. Duff, PIM  Treasurer
Ill. C. Alan Walls, PIM  Recorder
Ill. James Hughey  Chaplain
   Captain of the Guard
   Conductor of the Council

Council Charities

Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (CMMRF)
The Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation funds research, at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, to find the causes and eventually a cure for arteriosclerosis and its complications. Need more information click here. If you wish to donate to all or any of these charities, please remit your donation to:  
Ocala York Rite Bodies        P. O. Box 292 Lecanto, FL 34460-0292

Cryptic Degrees

This Degree takes us backward in time to a day prior to the death of the builder, Hiram Abif, who is again the central character. He imparts sublime teachings of a useful labor on earth to the candidate and gives him instruction as to the preservation of our valuable secrets. This is one the most beautiful Degrees in all Masonry. Its lessons are so impressive that they are seldom forgotten. It is especially illustrative of the third and seventh Degrees.

Historically, this Degree occurs also prior to the third Degree and deals with incidents that occurred at the building of the first Temple. It is closely connected with the Royal Arch Degree and affords the explanation needed for its perfect understanding. It is highly dramatic.

This degree deals with incidents in the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar when Zedehiah, the last King of Judah, was conquered and carried captive to Babylon. It enlarges upon the section of the Royal Arch having to do with the capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonian King, and teaches in most dramatic fashion the lesson of fidelity. (This degree, due to its complexity, is not normally conferred in Council, and is put on at Winter Haven and Jacksonville once a year).

Do you want to know and enhance your Masonic knowledge and education? Do you want to learn the history of what happens between the first and Royal Arch degrees?  Complete your Master Mason degree.

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