33rd degree

April 21, 2017
33rd degree

For individuals who're not aware, the "33rd Degree" belongs to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, that is an organizations that is available within Freemasonry that that Master Masons may join when they decide to. The "levels" from the Scottish Rite aren't greater compared to Third degree, regardless of the statistical appearance.

With this taken care of, a Mason that has received the 33rd Amount of the Scottish Rite knows a couple of things:

1. What goes on throughout the 33rd degree. Clearly, you would not learn about it should you had not seen it, which many people haven't.
1a. As the Scottish Rite is really a large organization, still it only comprises a small fraction of Masonry's population. Accordingly, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason knows what continues inside the Scottish Rite generally.

2. More to the point, someone using the 33rd Degree recognizes that Levels don't go greater compared to Third. This plays off my opening remark lots of people, including Masons, really do not know the value of the Scottish Rite in accordance with Craft Masonry. It isn't uncommon to listen to a less experienced Mason reference someone and say "That guy is really a 32nd Degree Mason" (a lot more present with run directly into and sounds important). It is also quite normal to listen to people self-refer as "32nd degree Masons" earlier within their Masonic career.

This occurs since the amounts seem greater and individuals don't fully appreciate/comprehend the egalitarian character from the Fraternity which the 3rd degree may be the heart of all things.

I've several buddies who been nominated for and received the 33rd degree within the Scottish Rite. These males have great experience and understanding they fully appreciate that they're equals with everybody in Masonry, despite getting a high recognition. A couple of individuals buddies were very close having a now-deceased Person in my Lodge. This now-deceased Brother was among the earliest "33rd Degree" men around and it was prominent in everything he did. Once the one friend had stopped attending conferences for private issues, this older Brother spoken with him and requested him to return as he could. He told him that his Bleu Lodge was the premise from the Fraternity which everything we did was constructed from that foundation. The friend understood this, obviously, and hearing his old mentor express it inspired him to come back and be active again.

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