Master Mason Degree


Master Mason Degree


As practiced today, Master Mason is the third and last Degree in the Masonic 
Blue Lodge.  This Degree was originally called the "Summit of Ancient Craft 
Masonry."   The whole system of Craft Masonry is intended to present the 
symbolic idea of man's pilgrimage on earth.

The First Degree is often referred to as a representation of youth, of the 
period of learning, or the time for the purification of affections, as the 
period of preparation for advancement into higher spheres of life here on earth.  
The Second Degree is often referred to as the representation of the period of 
adult life, of manhood, a time for increased and enlarged learning and of work.  
The Third Degree is referred to as symbolic of mature life, of ripened 
experiences, and a time of continued activities, but of decrease in toil and 
laborious endeavor.  That there should be continued increase in knowledge and 
wisdom is a prime goal.  

But it is also a period of heavier responsibilities in many respects, of trials, 
of sufferings, and of inevitable termination in Death.  Foremost in the 
conceptions of this period of life is that it is a time of waiting by the 
wearied workman for the word of the Grand Master of the Universe which will 
summon the Master Mason from the labors of earth to the central refreshments of 
heaven.

For these reasons, and because of the superlative beauty and significance of the 
Ritual, the Ceremonies, and the Symbols of the Degree, it is called "The Sublime 
Degree Of Master Mason."

As an Entered Apprentice, the Mason is taught those elementary instructions 
which fit him for further advancement in his Masonic career, just as the youth 
is taught those elementary rudiments of education which prepare him for entering 
upon the active duties of Life.  

As a Fellowcraft, the Mason is taught to continue his investigations into the 
science of the Ancient Fraternity, and to labor diligently in the tasks 
prescribed by the Order, just as a man is required to enlarge his mind by the 
acquisition of new ideas and to extend his labors for the welfare of his 
fellowmen.

As a Master Mason, he is taught the last, the most important, and the most 
necessary of all Truth, that having been faithful to all his Trusts, he is at 
last to die, and to receive the reward of his Fidelity.  Foremost of all the 
Truths taught and emphasized in this Degree is the immortality of the soul of 
man, and the certainty of the Resurrection of his body to Eternal Life.

The whole scope of the Ritual, and the ultimate of the symbols of the Master 
Mason Degree place supreme emphasis upon the Truth that when a man's life has 
spent itself on earth, has passed away as the fleeting shadows, his soul returns 
to God who gave it and his body which returns to dust will be Raised, 
incorruptible and glorified and qualified for entrance into the Grand Lodge of 
the Celestial City of God.  By the instructions of the Notable Legend and of the 
entire Ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin 
and the sepulcher of pollution.  The Master Grip of the "Lion of the Tribe of 
Judah" brings ultimate triumph to every true, tested, tried and faithful Master 
Mason.