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Structure of the Degrees
within the
Scottish Rite Freemasonry

Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who want to contribute to the
improvement of Themselves and of their communities. Through our Masonic fraternalism, we reaffirm
 our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve
 the values that have continued and will continue, to make America great.

In the Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Scottish Rite degree work is carried on within the;
Lodge of Perfection (4-14)
Council of Princes of Jerusalem (15-16)
Chapter of Rose Croix (17-18)
Consistory (19-32)
The 33rd Degree

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Lodge of Perfection
4 - Secret Master
  The Fourth Degree emphasizes duty, fidelity, integrity and the necessity for secrecy in all confidential relationships.
5 - Perfect Master
  This degree teaches that selfish thoughts and unworthy ambitions will corrupt and destroy a man.
6 - Intimate Secretary
  This degree teaches that there are desert stretches in every individual life and in the history of every nation, which results in a breakdown of discipline and loss of faith. This degree is a clarion call to faith: faith in ourselves, faith in each other and faith in God.
7 - Provost & Judge
  This degree teaches us to righteously judge, and that one law and one custom shall apply to all. let justice be impartial, tempered with mercy.
8 - Intendant of the Building
  This degree teaches that each new honor is meant to be a step toward perfection in our moral code. Each honor earned demands attention to a particular duty.
9 - Master Elect of Nine
  This degree teaches that a mutual belief in a Supreme Power should bind all men together in a world-wide brotherhood.
10 - Master Elect Fifteen
  This degree teaches that a violator of his obligations and commitments will not go unpunished and, further, that excuses, rationalizations and other evidences of a lack of repentance will very likely increase the severity of the penalties.
11 - Sublime Master Elected
  This degree dwells on good citizenship. Evildoings should be punished. Honesty and respect for others should be rewarded. Be earnest, honest and sincere.
12 - Grand Master Architect
  This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and a tenderness of the heart which disposes us to overlook injuries and to treat an offender better then he deserves.
13 - Master of the Ninth Arch
  This degree teaches that difficulties and dangers, however great, should not deter the true and faithful brother from progressing onward to perfection. It teaches the great truth that the finest things in life come only as the result of constant and often painful effort.
14 - Grand Master Mason
  In the Scottish Rite, this degree is the summit of the Ancient Craft Masonry. As the crowning degree of the Lodge of Perfection, its essence is the holiness of God and reverence for His Holy Name. God will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
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Council of Princes of Jerusalem
15 - Knight of the East or Sword
  This degree teaches the important lessons of loyalty to our beliefs and fidelity to an obligation.
16 - Prince of Jerusalem
  This degree teaches fidelity to duty and devotion to truth.
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 Chapter of Rose Croix
17 - Knight of the East & West
  The lessons of this degree are that man will fail in efforts that are based on power, greed and envy; and that divine guidance is needed to keep us from repeating the errors of history.
18 - Knight Rose Croix of H.R.D.M.
  The lessons taught in this degree are that man must have a new Temple in his heart where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth, and that he must have a new law of love which all men everywhere may understand and practice. This degree affirms the broad principles of universality and toleration.
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19 - Grand Pontiff
  This 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 primarily concerned with the perennial conflict between light and darkness, good and evil, God and Satan.
20 - Master ad Vitam
  This degree is a drama of the American spirit, 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 a nation and the happiness of the people.
21 - Patriarch Noachite
  This degree teaches that Freemasonry is not a shield for evildoing and that justice is one of chief supports of our Fraternity.
22 - Prince of Libanus
  In this degree, the dignity of labor is demonstrated. It is no curse, but a privilege for man to be allowed to earn his sustenance by work. Idleness, not labor, is disgraceful.
23 - Chief of the Tabernacle
  This degree is a dramatic story of four men of God - a rabbi, a Catholic priest, a Methodist minister and a pastor of a reformed church - who gave their lives in World War II so that others might live. This dramatic story demonstrates that those with faith in God and love for their fellow man will make great sacrifices to help others.
24 - Prince of the Tabernacle
  This degree, through historical flashback, shows the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge often can dispel the fears created by ignorance and prejudice.
25 - Knight of the Brazen Serpent
  This degree teaches that no man is perfect and that all men err. If, however, he maintains a firm and unshakable reliance on God's grace, he can and will regain his direction, his humility, his faith and his goals.
26 - Prince of Mercy
  This degree teaches the quality of mercy; that it is a spirit of compassion and a tenderness of heart which dispose us to overlook differences between people. Through an inspirational drama, this degree teaches that people with similar goals may have differing points of view and that respect should be given to the opinions of others.
27 - Commander of the Temple
  This degree teaches 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. This degree is brought to life by dramatic events from the time of the Teutonic knights and the period of the Crusades.
28 - Knight of the Sun
  This degree teaches that as nature hides her treasures under an external coat which must be hewn away before her wonders can be put to use by man, so Freemasonry helps us to strip the vices and superfluities of our lives so that we see and perform our duty to God and our fellow man.
29 - Knight of Saint Andrew 
  This 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 on truth; that while we must be true and faithful to our own convictions, we must respect the opinions of others.
30 - Grand Elect Knight Kadosh
  This degree sets forth the tests and ceremonies that symbolize the experiences we must undergo in the building of excellence in character.
31 - Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
  This degree teaches that we should not rush to judgment. He who would judge others must first judge himself.
32 - Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
  This 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 eager to serve humanity but caught between self-interest and the call of duty. Duty often requires sacrifice, sometimes the supreme sacrifice.
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The 33rd Degree
Achieving the 33 is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by the Supreme Council.
A 33 Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft.
The Supreme Council awards the 33 as a way of honoring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life. At its annual session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.
The Scottish Rite confers a number of honors upon members who have contributed extraordinary service to the Rite, to Masonry in general, and to the world at large.