The Degree of Royal Arch Mason is founded upon the
destruction of the first and the building of the second Temple. The
ceremonies of the Degree have an interesting and graphic historical
setting, and a profound and reverential moral significance. The Royal
Arch Degree is the complement of the Master's Degree, the unfolding into
a second volume of the history of that which was lost to its final
recovery. Without the Royal Arch, the Master's Degree is like a song
half sung, a tale partly told, or a promise unfulfilled.
No rite of Freemasonry has come into its own so much
as the series of degrees known as the Cryptic Rite, also known as the
Cryptic Masons. Its popularity is well deserved for there are no more
beautiful or meaningful degrees in all Freemasonry that those conferred
in the Council of Cryptic Masons.
The Knights Templar is the final order joined in the York Rite.
Unlike other Masonic bodies which only require a belief in a Supreme Being regardless of religion, membership in the
Knights Templar is open to Christian Masons who have completed their Royal Arch and in some jurisdictions their Cryptic Degrees.