Continuing the Scottish Rite Degrees, class members will experience the 17th and 18th Degrees this evening. Dinner is at 5PM, and the degrees start at 6PM tonight. Franklin and Dupont Avenues South. See you there!
17th Degree: Knight of the East and West - Duties: To work, to reflect and to pray. To hope, to trust and to believe. To teach the truths that are hidden in allegories and concealed by the symbols of Freemasonry. Lesson: An army of martyrs have offered up their lives to prove their faith or benefit mankind.
18th Degree: Knight of the Rose Croix - Duties: Practice virtue that it may produce fruit. Labor to eliminate vice, purify humanity. Be tolerant of the faith and creed of others. Lessons: We should have faith in God, mankind and ourselves. We should hope in the victory over evil, the advancement of humanity, and a hereafter. Charity is relieving the wants and tolerating the errors and faults of others.
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!