Brother seeker of enlightenment,
We have just completed study of the Twenty-second degree and will move on to the Twenty-third Degree in the Council of Kadosh at our next session which will be held on Wednesday February 19th at 7:00 p.m. We are now getting into the Religious degrees so this should provide lively discussion and a lot of fun. There will be dinner before this session at 6:30 p.m. with the class to follow. Even if you have not attended before each session is a separate degree so there is no need to feel that you have to had prior experience to enjoy the class. As before the resource material for this and all subsequent degrees is as listed below. It is suggested you bring your copy of “A Bridge to Light” to class and study the 23rd degree beforehand at home.
- Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike, 33°
- A Bridge to Light by Dr. Rex R. Hutchens, 33°, G.C.
- Clausen’s Commentaries on Morals and Dogma by Henry C. Clausen, 33°, Past Sovereign Grand Commander
- Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide by Arturo de Hoyas, 33°, G.C.
- The standards of the twelve tribes of Israel
- The colors scarlet, white, blue and purple
- The lamp with seven branches
- Two sets of curtains
- Be devoted to the service of God
- The sole purpose of advancement in Masonry is increased power and proficiency for serving humanity
- Simple faith is wiser than vain philosophy
Topics for Discussion:
- In this degree as in Masonry there is an extensive use of symbols. What are symbols and their interpretation designed to do? What is it meant to prevent?
- What is the relationship between faith and reason?
- What is the relationship between the mystery religions and Masonic philosophy?
- A society’s concept of God and the universe changes over time with scientific developments. How does Masonry attempt to reconcile the dilemma of faith vs. science?
- What is the significance of the number 7?
- This degree represents the Lesser Mysteries. Only few were inducted into the Greater Mysteries. What does this suggest about making progress in esoteric knowledge?
- Explain the traditional symbolism of fire as purification.
- The Tabernacle was the forerunner of the Temple. Why is this degree set in a Tabernacle rather than a Temple?
Looking forward to an interesting and rewarding session,
Ill. Harry Eisenberg, 33°