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E. M, Five distinct knocks and the pass-word of a Master of Arts and Sciences.
W. M. In what manner did yoưenter ?
E. M. Upon the Trinity in Unity, figured out by five triangugular points in geometry.
W. M. Why were you introduced in that manner? E. M. To denote, that I was about to enter on the foundation of geometric masonry, the superstructure of which was the laws of that celestial trinity, which this instrument, on which I entered emblematically, represented.
W. M. In what manner were you then dealt with ?
E. M. To advance by the same number of steps as I had then made in masonry, accompanied with their respective positions.
W. M. In what manner were you placed to receive your new obligation ?
E. M. Upon both knees bare and bended, my, right hand on the holy bible and the left extending the passport of my admission.
W.M. Why called passport of admission?
E. M. Because, if I had not previously proved myself qualified to perform those excellent branches of operative masonry, as a complete architect, in all its beautiful designs of sculpture, painting, tapestry and ornaments, I should not have been found eligible for the sublime secrets contained in this degree: therefore, my left hand, extending this honourable emblem of admission, was to denote to the brethren present, that I was fit candidate for this degree, and extending it in full view of all the brothers., was the last signal for any of them to examine me, if they had any doubts of my pretensions or qualifications to become a member of this order.
W. M. How did you confirm your obligation?
raised ? E.M. By the grip of an excellent mason. W. M. Be pleased to advance in due form and give it? W. M. To what does it allude? E. M. To the penalty of the obligation. W. M. Be pleased to give me the grand emblematic sign and tell me to to what it alludes?
E. M. It alludes to that memorable event of Moses receiving the ten commandments upon the thrice famous Sinai, in the wilderness of Arabia.
W. M. To what does this word allude ?
E. M. To that grand period of time, when the almighty condescended to converse with Moses at the foot of Mount Horeb
gave him. his commission to go to Pharoah and demand the liberation of the Jews from their Egyptian bondage.
W.M. Being obligated and initiated, where were you placed ?
E. M. Behind the veil of the temple, where I was ordered to restore myself to light, which enabled me to find by a most singular phenomenon, that I stood upon holy ground.
W. M. With what were you invested?
E. M. With the distinguishing external of an excellent mason to certify that I stood exalted by my merit above the degree of a Past Master of arts and sciences.
W. M. With what is the Jewel of this degree ornamented ? E. M. A star with as many points as will take in the initials of the conjunct words of this order in masonry.
W. M. What is the mark or signature of this degree ?
E: M. The three peculiar initials of the redeemer of mankind ?
W.M. What is the Masonic allusion of these three ?
E. M. The first alludes to the strongest pillar of Solomon's temple: the second alludes to the grand architect of that temple: and the third to those Masons that performed the operative part.
W. M. Where did the ancient brethren of this order assemble, during the period employed in building that famous religious edifice?
E. M. On one of the famous adjacent mounts, since called mount Sion; but during the dedication of the temple, they assembled for divine worship in the third rouud of courts.
W. M. What was the original number in this excellent degree?
E. Eighty one masons, formed into nine lodges, with nine in aech lodge.
W. M. Why is this degree dedicated to Moses?
E. M. Because he presides over that lodge where those two excellent masons, Aholiab and Bezaleel, perfornied their pious work in the wilderness, agreeable to the injunction of the almighty, when they were ordered to prepare the furniture and other sacred utensils for the holy tabernacle, which was first set up in the wilderness during the forty years pilgrimage, prior to their entrance into the promised land.
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE OF SUPER
Catechism. W. M, How were you prepared, as a super-excellent Mason?
S. M. I was habited as the High Priest, hoodwinked, and both feet slip-shod.
W. M. Why habited as the High Priest?
S. M. Because this part of masonry constituted the most solemn part of the employ at Jerusalem, when King Solonion's Temple was erected: namely, to survey all the sacred utensils and ornaments that were to adorn the inner part of the Temple. The most solemn and religious duties of mankind in all ages and countries have ever been appropriated to the priesthood. And Aaron the brother of Moses, being the first high Priest, by command of the Almighty, we prepare our candidates in the habit of High Priest. in commemoration thereof.
W. M. Why were you hoodwinked ?
S. M. In commemoration of the custom of our predecessors, the nine deputy grand masters, the founders of the degree, who met in the holy place, prior to the dedication of the temple from which all natural light was totally excluded and which only received the aid of that remarkable artificial light, the three great candles, which were kept continually burning, therefore, in commemoration thereof, we are deprived of our natural light, and the first light we afterwards receive is the representation of these three famous great candles, or artificial lights, in this sacred place.
W. M. There is a second reason why you were hoodwinked?
S. M. Because, in the sanctum sanctorum or holy of holies, there was no other light than the supernatural.
W. M. Why were you slip-shod? S. M. Because, that part of the Temple in which the brothers of this degree first assembled was called the holy place, and being situated on holy ground, we were, for that reason, slip-shod.
W. M. Being thus prepared, what gained you admission?
S, M, To advance by six steps, accompanied with their respec- : tive signs.
W, M. In what manner were you prepared to receive your new obligation?
M. Upon both knees, with my right hand upon the holy -Bible, and my left extended with the emblem of
admission. W. M. Why was your left hand thus employed ?
S. M. Because that emblem, being the double equilateral triangle and containining six sides, denoted the six peculiar branches of the noblest office in the Temple, that I was then called upon to fulfil, namely, first to survey the constitutional rolls previous to their being deposited in the famous archives of masonry: second, the precious stone work : third, the holy place; fourth, the sanctum sanctorum, fifth, the ark of the covenant:
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and, lastly, all the other utensils, and these were emblematically pointed out by the double equilateral triangle.
W. M. Be pleased to deliver the obligation ?
(I have not the form of this obligation. Indeed shere is no fixed form in these branching degrees of masonry
The new penalty is to lose both arms.)
R. C. W. M. How did you confirm it? S. M. With my lips six times on the holy Bible. W. M. In what manner were you raised ? S. M. By the grip of a super-excellent Mason.
W. M. Be pleased to advance and give it? (This is done but the manner is not knowo to me.
R. C. W. M. To what does it allude?
S. M. To that part of the obligation where that peculiar loss of both the arms constitutes the penalty attached to any voluntary breach thereof.
Finch says here an explanation of the signs in this degree are pext given, but I cannot even glance at them without danger of exposing what I date not commit to paper, but Brothers that belong to this degree cannot be at a loss to know what part of scripture to refer to for a full and beautiful explanation.)
W. M. Be pleased to deliver the words and their allusion. (This is done in due form, but that form is not known to the writer.)
W. M. In what part of the lodge were you placed ?
S, M. As a point is the smallest portion of geometrical matter, and the circle the largest of any within the plane of its surface, I was thus placed, to represent that point; as one of the smallest particles of created matter, and the Deity was aptly represented by the circle, whose centre is every where, and circumference no where.
W. M. What is the distinguishing mark or signature of this degree?
S. M, The initials of the four fanious double bodied stars, situated east west, north and south. W. M, With what is the jewel of this degree ornamented ?
S. M. In the twelve points forming the star are the initials of our distinguishing united words.
W.M. What was the original number of this degree ? 8. M, Nine, formed into three lodges with three in each, W, M, Why is this degree dedicated to Aaron the High Priest?
S, M, Because he was the first priest, who presided over the first most excellent and sacred lodge held in the Tabernacles in the wilderness of Arabia. So also were the brothers of this de: gree appointed by King Solomon, as super-excellent Masons, to survey all the sacred furniture and jewels of that glorious buil.
ding, for the same pious purpose as those in the Tabernacle of Moses.
A DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE OF NINE
ELECTED KNIGHTS, CALLED BY FINCH, , SUBLIME KNIGHTS ELECTED.
Form of the Lodge. The chamber in which this chapter is held represents the apartment in Solomon's Palace. The hangings are red and white columns intermixed and strewed with fames. The master represents Solomon King of Israel and is stiled the most sovereign, There is but one warden who sits alone in the west representing Stolkin and is called the Inspector. All the rest of the brethren must be in black and placed in the south, as the lights are placed, eight close and one at a distance, When there is a reception, all the brethren, being in mourning, set with their hats flapped, and the right leg over the left, their heads leaning on their right hands, in a doleful character, Their aprons are lined and bordered with black. They wear a broad black ribbon from their left shoulder to their right hip, on the breast of which are painted three heads of fear and terror. A poignard hangs to this ribbon with nine red roses painted on it near the bottom, four on each side and one in the centre, Fach brother has a naked poignard lying at his feet. The plan of the draft of the lodge or chapter is an oblong square, at the upper part of which, to the right, is drawn, the city of Jerusalem. At the left is represented a cave near the sea side, and the River Joppa, surrounded with rocks, in which a man is seen, lying with his head on a rock, a lamp burning by him, a poignard at his feet, a running stream of water and a cup. Over the mountain, the setting sun is seen, In the middle of the draft appears a bush, which seems to be on fire, occasioned by the reflection of a rainbow. A brilliant star is fixed immediately over the cave, to point out the retreat of the murder
On the draft is likewise seen, a winding road which leads from Jerusalem to Joppa. On this road, a dog is seen near to the cave, which is the figure under which the unknown person is drawn, A man closely follows, and, at a distance, are seen, eight other men walking without order, Near the room where this chapter is held, there must be a small room made to represent a cave, and a large stone in it for the candidate to sit upon, a little table with a lamp lighted, and, under it, the word REVENGE written, A poignard lies on the table, a spring or fountain runs in the room, a cup to drink out of, and an effigy of a man asleep:
In this chapter, the sovereign sits under a canopy, in an elevar i