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NEW BERN COUNCIL
No. 12, R. & S. M.
THE CRYPTIC DEGREES
A Degree emphasizing the lessons of patience and fortitude.
The Degree centers around the Fellowcraft Masons who
were artificers fabricating the fittings and furniture of the
Temple. It is unusual in that the first part of the Degree
depicts events taking place before the death of the Grand
Master Hiram Abif, and the last part depicts events occurring
after his death.
A Degree emphasizing the lessons of devotion and Zeal. The
Degree centers on the construction and furnishing of a
Secret Vault beneath the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Temple,
and the deposition of those secrets pertaining to the Craft by
the three Grand Masters of the Craft. The Degree bridges the
events surrounding the concealment and loss of the Ineffable
Word and the events leading to the recovery of the Word in
the Royal Arch Degree. The presiding body is a Council, and
the presiding officer is a Master(titled Illustrious).
A Degree emphasizing the lessons of loyalty and faithfulness.
The Degree centers around the events leading to the
destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple at the hands of the
Chaldeans. The Degree is narrated by small interludes of
biblical prophecy that highlight the end of the first Temple and
the construction of the second Temple. It is noteworthy for its
scenes of the Jewish court of Zedikiah and the Chaldean
court of Nebuchadnezzer. This Degree is an honorary one
and a member of the Council does not need to have it in
order to hold membership or office.
ROYAL MASTER
SELECT MASTER
SUPER EXCELLENT MASTER
THRICE ILLUSTRIOUS MASTER
A Chair Degree conferred upon installed or Past Illustrious
Masters. It is also known as the
Order of the Silver Trowel
from the jewel of the Degree. The Grand Council of North
Carolina holds Sovereignty over the conferral of this Degree.
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