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NEW BERN CHAPTER
No. 46, R. A. M.
THE CAPITULAR DEGREES
A Degree that emphasizes the lesson of regularity, discipline
and integrity. It is a most impressive Degree centered on the
story of the Fellowcraft of the quarry and their role in the
building of the Temple. Its importance in English Craft Masonry
can be judged by the fact that it operates as a separate Grand
Lodge, and is highly sought by members of the Craft in that
Jurisdiction.
MARK MASTER
PAST MASTER (Virtual)
A Degree that emphasizes the lesson of harmony. This
Degree is conferred because ancient custom required that
Mason me a Past Master in order to be exalted to the Royal
Arch. In some Grand Jurisdictions this Degree is conferred
upon all sitting Masters of the Blue Lodge. The Degree
confers no actual rank upon the recipient, but is exemplified
to maintain the ancient custom.
MOST EXCELLENT MASTER
A Degree that emphasizes the lesson of reverence. This
Degree is centered on the dedication of the Temple after its
completion, particularly the consecration of the Sanctum
Sanctorum and the descent of the Host into the Temple. It is
complimentary to the Mark Master Degree and completes the
symbolic lesson introduced in that Degree.
ROYAL ARCH
The completion of the Master Mason Degree and the summit
of the original Degrees of the Blue Lodge as practiced in the
Antients Lodges of England before 1820. The Degree
emphasizes the origins of the Substitute Word found in the
Master Mason Degree, the recovery of the Ineffable Word
and its concealment within the Royal Arch Word. This
Degree, together with the Master Mason Degree, were once
exemplified as one large or "super" Degree with the Master
Mason Degree explaining the loss of the Master's Word and
the Royal Arch explaining the recovery of the Master's Word.
the presiding body is a Chapter and the presiding officer is a
High Priest (titles Excellent).
ORDER OF HIGH PREISTHOOD
A Chair Degree conferred upon installed or Past High Priests.
Sometimes referred to as the
Anointed Order of High
Priesthood
. In antiquity, this Degree was known as the Order
of Melchizadek
.
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