A 'terminal' degree, tonight's 14th degree marks the occasion when a new Scottish Rite Mason earns the right to wear a Scottish Rite Ring. The degree stands alone and is performed by volunteers and officers of the Lodge of Perfection within the Scottish Rite.
14th Degree: Perfect Elu - Duties: Assist, encourage and defend the brethren. Protect the oppressed and relieve want and distress. Enlighten the people. Serve the common good and be fruitful of all good works. Lessons: Perfect Elus are both bound and free; bound by their obligation and free from prejudice, intolerance and envy. Masons meet on the level because in their lives authority and liberty are in equilibrium.
The ceremony of the degree of Perfect Elu has two major purposes. First, to encourage reflection on the nature of Deity and man's relationship to Him; and second is to review the duties taught in all the Ineffable Degrees.
At the conclusion of the Lodge ceremony, the Candidate becomes a Voting Member of the Scottish Rite.
At a later ceremony and dinner, members who have passed the 14th Degree tonight or over the past year will receive their rings, if they ordered them. Tonight's actual degree, starting at 6:30PM (a half hour later than normal) is for men of the current class who have passed the 13th degree, and who are moving forward.
Dinner starts at 5PM.
Read about the Scottish Rite here. It's often called "the college of Masonry" for its deeper dive into the Masonic principles first introduced in the first three degrees of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite degrees allow time for group discussion on how our ideals have impacted many good and great men in history, weaving our impact into the Enlightenment and Western Civilization itself. Contact the Rite secretary, Ken Hill, at (612) 871-1500 for more information, visit their website. or simply look here for a petition to join. Come join the conversation!