The Lodge of Perfection confers the 4° through the 14°, and being a continuation of the three degrees of the Blue Lodge, have their inception in the Old Testament and are called The Ineffable Degrees.
They teach TRUTH, INDUSTRY, HONESTY, BENEVOLENCE, JUSTICE, TOLERATION, PATRIOTISM, and LOVE OF COUNTRY. Each individual Mason must discover the secret of Masonry for himself by reflecting upon its symbols and a wise consideration for what has been said and done in the work. We receive as much Divine Light as we are capable of understanding. God has arranged His great purpose so that man has a work to do, a duty to perform to help in the great plan of enlightenment and growth. The Master Khurum (Hiram) said, “Sleep little, study much, say little, hear and think
4° – SECRET MASTER
The Fourth Degree, Secret Master, is the first step into the inner sanctuary of the Spiritual Temple, where he who seeks, finds Truth. We are to learn the duty of obedience to the law of God or nature, the law that is an expression of the will and judgment of the people and for the benefit of the whole person.
5° – PERFECT MASTER
The Fifth Degree, Perfect Master, emphasizes two virtues, Industry and Honesty. Idleness is the great enemy of growth, whether mental or spiritual. One should always be honest in his contacts, sincere in his statements, and keep all promises and covenants even to his own disadvantage.
6° – CONFIDENTIAL SECRETARY
The Sixth Degree, Confidential Secretary, teaches us to be zealous, faithful, free from selfish motives, benevolent, kind, affectionate, broad minded, and charitable, keeping our thoughts only on the good and true with a feeling of thankfulness for all favors rendered.
7° – PROVOST AND JUDGE
The Seventh Degree, Provost and Judge, has for its chief lesson the great principle of justice. Those with the power of judgment should judge impartially, without personal consideration, prejudice, preconception, or haste.
8° – INTENDENT OF THE BUILDING
The Eighth Degree, Intendent of The Building, teaches us that we have high duties to perform and a high destiny to fulfill on this earth. The jurisprudence, learning and morality of Masonry and not merely the work and Ceremonies should have our most profound thought and attention.
9° – ELU OF THE NINE
This Degree is consecrated to bravery, devotedness and patriotism. Its duties are summed up in “Protect the oppressed against the oppressor and devote yourself to the honor and interest of your country.
10° – ELU OF THE FIFTEEN
This Degree is devoted to religious and political toleration and to the enlightenment of the mind and soul. Toleration holds that every man has the right to his opinion, and liberality claims that no human being can say he alone knows the truth.
11° – ELU OF THE TWELVE
The duties of this Degree are to be earnest, true, reliable and sincere, to protect the people against illegal impositions, and contend for their political rights.
12° – MASTER ARCHITECT
This Degree teaches us that truth is most divine of all human helpfulness. Life is what each man makes it. All our earthly transactions and institutions are based on faith in our fellow man. We must believe in a Supreme Being, an instinct in all races. No man can suffer and be patient, can struggle and conquer, can improve and be happy without faith in a just, wise and beneficent God.
13° – ROYAL ARCH OF SOLOMON
Whether the legend and history of this degree are historically true or but an allegory containing in itself a deeper truth and more profound meaning, we shall not debate. If it be a legendary myth you must find out for yourself what it means. We know that for many centuries the Hebrews had been forbidden to pronounce the Sacred Name. It is therefore possible for the same pronunciation of the name of the Deity to have been forgotten or lost. Thus the communication of this knowledge and other secrets, some of which are perhaps lost, constituted under other names what we now call Masonry. But there is one application of this degree that you are entitled to know, remembering that Khurum the Master is the symbol of human freedom. It is not enough for a people to gain liberty, it must secure it.
14° – PERFECT ELU
This Degree is the last of the Lodge of Perfection and we have reached the point where each individual Mason must discover the secret of Masonry for himself. Perfect Truth is unattainable, yet we must ever press on, more nearly approaching it. We receive as much of the Divine Light as we are capable of understanding. God has arranged His great purpose so that each man has a work to do, a duty to perform, to help the progress of the great plan for enlightenment and growth.
FOURTEENTH DEGREE RING
The man who receives this Degree is entitled to its ritualistic ring. It is a plain flat band of gold having imposed thereon an engraved or enameled triangle enclosing the Hebrew letter “YOD” and the motto “Virtus Junxit, Mors Non Separabit,” (Whom Virtue Unites, Death Cannot Separate) engraved inside. We now give the ring encased in a pyramid of Lucite. To our ancient brethren of knightly orders, three things in this life were prized above all others: the purity of his honor, the integrity of his word, and the spotlessness of his shield. Honor that never broke faith, integrity in the defense of innocence and right, and the shield never to be sullied by protecting oppression and wrong.
Scottish Rite Masons of this day have adopted the emblem of the Fourteenth Degree ring as a symbol that represents the sword, shield, and armor of the ancient brethren.
This is the last degree of the Lodge of Perfection, which meets once a quarter to conduct business of all Four Bodies. You will this on the calendar as the Four Bodies Meeting. All members are encouranged to attend.
Officers for 2016
|Nathan G. Coughlin, 32°||Venerable Masteremail@example.com||314-680-3547|
|Randal B. Bowden, 32° KCCH||Senior Wardenfirstname.lastname@example.org||573-379-0092|
|Harry L. Tripp, 32°||Junior Wardenemail@example.com||573-783-4030|
|Robert M. Bowles, III, 32°||Oratorfirstname.lastname@example.org||636-212-0167|
|Patrick D. Schneider, 32°||Master of Ceremoniesemail@example.com||314-562-3900|
|Michael L. Sparks, 32°||Expertfirstname.lastname@example.org||314-330-2767|
|Adam M. Iwanow, 32°||Assistant Expertemail@example.com||248-252-4842|
|Jesse W. Jahraus, 32°||Captain of the Hostfirstname.lastname@example.org||314-651-1175|
|Todd A. Litzau, 32° KCCH||Prelateemail@example.com||314-620-5641|
|Dennis A. Watz, 32° KCCH||Director of Workfirstname.lastname@example.org||573-468-3053|
|Steven F. Lovell, 32° KCCH||Assistant Director of Workemail@example.com||314-898-2372|