Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
4. Secret Master
5. Perfect Master
6. Intimate Secretary
7. Provost and Judge
8. Intendant of Buildings
9. Master Elect of Nine
10. Master Elect of Fifteen
11. Sublime Master Elected
12. Grand Master Architect
13. Royal Arch of Enoch
14. Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Master Mason
15. Knight of the East or Sword
16. Prince of Jerusalem
17. Knights of the East and West
18. Knight of the Rose-Croix de Heredom
19. Grand Pontiff
20. Grand Master of all Symbolic Lodges
21. Noachite or Prussian Knight
22. Knight of the Royal Axe
23. Chief of the Tabernacle
24. Prince of the Tabernacle
25. Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26. Prince of Mercy
27 Commander of the Temple
28. Knight of the Sun
29. Knight of St Andrew, or Patriarch of the Crusades
30. Knight Kadosh
31. Grand Inspector Commander
32. Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.
ROYAL ARCH OF ENOCH
MASTER OF THE NINTH ARCH
The Thirteenth Grade of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and the Tenth
Degree of the Ineffable Series
This degree, in fact, forms
the climax of Ineffable Masonry; It Is the keystone of the arch, and discovers
that which is revealed in the succeeding degree of Perfection. It is a most
important and interesting grade, and so intimately connected with its successor
as to appear like a section of that degree.
The shaded beauties of the
sacred words that have been hitherto revealed, and the lessons and virtues
that have so gradually been inculcated, in this degree receive a climax,
and culminate in the development of the great mystery of Ineffable
The dark clouds and mists
that have hitherto veiled the sacred mysteries now begin to be dispelled:
the glorious dawn illuminates the East with its bright effulgence, and its
rays penetrate into dark and hidden places.
This Chapter of Royal Arch
of Solomon represents the audience-chamber of King Solomon., The hangings
are alternately red and white.
Lights-Three in the East,
three in the West, and three in the South.
King Solomon is seated in
the East. Hiram, King of Tyre, is also in the East, on the left of King
Senior Warden represents
Gibulum, and is seated in the West.
Junior Warden represents
Stolkin, and is seated in the South.
Treasurer (who represents
Joabert), Secretary, Master of Ceremonies, Captain of the Guard, and other
officers, stationed as in a Lodge of Perfection.
All Officers and Companions,
except the Kings, clothed in black, with apron, collar, and jewel of this
degree or of their particular office.
King Solomon wears a yellow
robe, purple chasuble, lined with blue, sleeves reaching to the elbows, and
rich purple sash, with jewel.
King Hiram. of Tyre wears
a purple robe, yellow chasuble, and rich purple sash, with
Apron-Purple silk or velvet,
bordered with white; in the centre of the area, the Enochian delta, with
Collar-Purple silk or velvet,
and suspended to it the:
Jewel-A gold triangle, on
which is engraved the delta of Enoch, with rays. On the obverse side of the
jewel is a representation of the first three recipients of this degree, two
of them lowering the third into the subterranean vault. Around this device,
the initials of the words
Salamone, Gibulum, Joabert, et Stolkin invenerunt pretiosissimum Artiffi
cum thesaurum subter ruinas Enoch A Mundi 2995."
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There should be a separate apartment, without apparent door or window; opening
overhead, covered with a trap-door, representing a flat stone with an iron
ring to it.
T.: P.: The Lord is great in
Zion. Let all the earth praise him for his great and terrible
name, for it is holy.
S.: W.: Exalt the Lord our God, and worship
on his holy hill.
He spake from the cloudy pillar and from the fire; and
from the depth cometh forth the riches of secret places.
Exalt the Lord our God, for he is holy; and his name, for it is from everlasting
What is man, that he should magnify him, or that he should set his heart
upon him ?
We are but of yesterday, and know nothing. Our days
are but a shadow: they flee and we know not.
Canst thou, by searching, find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty
to perfection ? He is as high as heaven. What canst thou do? He is deeper
than hell. What canst thou know?
His eyes are upon the ways of man, and lie seeth all his
O God, let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto the children
of men !
Let the beauty of the Lord be upon us, and establish thou the work of our
hands: O Jehovah, establish thou it!
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises unto my
God while I have my being.
meditations of him shall be sweet; I will be glad in the Lord.
T.: P.: Mark
the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end
of that man is peace. "Mine eyes shall
be on the perfect man." saith the Lord The perfect of the land shall dwell
with me: they shall walk in my name, and serve me forever."
let us give thanks unto the Lord, who hath given us the treasures of darkness
and the hidden riches of secret places.
O thou real and eternal Lord God, source of light and of love- thou Sovereign
Inspector and Mighty Architect of the wonders of Creation-who from thy throne
in the highest heaven in mercy looketh down upon all the dwellers of the
earth - lend, we beseech thee, thine ears to the prayers and petitions of
thy unworthy servants now assembled in thy presence, to teach the mysteries
of that Sublime Edifice which is erected and dedicated to thy Most Holy and
Glorious Name. Pour upon us, and all the members of the Mystic Craft throughout
the two hemispheres, the rich blessings of thy Providence. Give us strength
to overcome temptations, to subdue our passions, and to practise virtue.
Fill our hearts with fear without desolation; with confidence without
presumption; with piety without illusion; and with joy without licentiousness.
Fill our hearts with tender affections for thy divine goodness, and love
for our neighbours: make us faithful to our friends and charitable to our
enemies. Dispose our hearts, O thou God Eternal! to receive the splendid
impressions of Religion
and Humanity; our minds, the great lights of Science; and direct our footsteps
in the bright paths of virtue.
Let all our actions prove
to an admiring world that our lives are sincerely dedicated to Thee, our
God, and to the relief of our fellow-creatures. And finally, when we yield
up our breath to Thee, the Source of Life, may we, bearing the rich harvest
of good actions, be admitted into that Sublime and Eternal Lodge where happiness
reigns without alloy, and where, around the throne of the Great Jehovah,
we shall sing hallelujahs to his name.
Now unto the King Eternal,
Immortal, Invisible, the only Wise God, be the kingdom, power, and glory,
forever and ever. Amen!
Omnes: God grant it so may
I shall now invest you with
the apron, collar, and jewel of a Knight of the Ninth or Royal
The colour of your apron and collar is purple, and
denotes the royal origin of the degree
and the dignity of your station.
The jewel alludes to the
delta or golden plate found in the subterranean arch, a more full description
of which will be obtained by attending to the history and lecture of the
Companions: this is the history and legend of this degree. Enoch, the son
of Jared, was the sixth in descent from Adam. Filled
with the love and fear of God, he strove to lead men in the way of honour
and duty. In a vision the Deity appeared to him in the visible
shape of a pure golden triangle, and said to him, " Enoch,
thou hast longed to know my true name: arise and follow me, and thou shalt
Enoch, accepting his vision as an inspiration, journeyed in
search of the mountain he had seen in his dream, until, weary of the search,
he stopped in the land of Canaan, then already populous
with the descendants of Adam, and there employed workmen; and with the help
of his son Methuselah, he excavated nine apartments, one above the other,
and each roofed with an arch, as he had seen in his dream, the lowest being
hewn out of the solid rock. In the crown of each arch he left a narrow aperture,
closed with a square stone, and over the upper
one he built a modest
temple, roofless and of huge unhewn stones, to the Grand
Architect of the Universe.
Upon a triangular plate
of gold, inlaid with many precious gems, he engraved the
ineffable name of God, and sank the plate into one face of a cube of
None knew of the deposit
of the precious treasure; and, that it might remain undiscovered, and survive
the Flood, which it was known to Enoch would soon overwhelm the world in
one vast sea of mire, he covered the aperture, and the stone that closed
it and the great ring of iron used to raise the stone,
with the granite pavement of his primitive temple.
Then, fearing that all knowledge
of the arts and sciences would be lost in the universal
flood, he built two great columns upon a high hill-one
of brass, to resist water, and one of granite, to resist fire. On the granite
column was written in hieroglyphics a description of the subterranean apartments;
on the one of brass, the rudiments of the arts and sciences.
granite column was overturned and swept away, and worn
to a shapeless mass by the Deluge, but that of brass stood firm, and was
found by Noah. Thenceforward the true name of God remained unknown until
he said unto Moses in Egypt, when he ordered him to go
to Pharaoh, and cause him to send forth the children of Israel out of Egypt:
" I am that which I was and shall be: I am the God of
thy fathers; the God of Abraham, of Isaac,,
and of Jacob. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, HE who is
hath sent me unto you. 1 am the Lord, that appeared to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob by my name AL-SHEDI but my name - I did not show
Moses engraved the ineffable name upon a plate
of gold, and deposited it in the ark of the covenant. Moses made the name
known to Aaron and Joshua, and afterwards it was made known to the chief
priests. The word being composed of consonants only, its
true pronunciation was soon lost, but the word still remained in the ark;
and in the time of Othniel in a battle against the King of Syria, those who
bore the ark were slain, and the ark fell to the ground. After the battle,
the men of Israel, searching for it, were led to it by the roaring of a lion,
which, crouching by it, had guarded it, holding the golden key in its mouth.
Upon the approach of the High-priest and Levites, he laid down the key, and
withdrew. Hence, upon the golden key worn by the treasurer, you see the initials
of these words: "In are leonis verbum inveni"---~'In the lion's mouth I found
the word." This plate of gold was melted down, and made into an image of
Dagon by the Philistines, who took it in battle.
David intended to build a temple to God. but bequeathed the
enterprise to Solomon, his son, and Solomon selected a place near Jerusalem;
but finding overthrown columns of Enoch's temple, and
supposing them to be the ruins of a heathen
temple, and not wishing to select a desecrated spot, selected Mount Morlah
for the site of his Temple to the true God. Under this temple he built a
secret vault, the approach to which was through eight other vaults, all under
ground, and to which a long and narrow passage led under the king's palace.
In the ninth apartment was placed a twisted column of white marble, on which
it was intended to place the ark, and in this apartment he held his private
conferences with King Hiram of Tyre and Hiram Abif, they only knowing the
way by which it was approached. Solomon proposed to erect a Temple of Justice,
and selected as a site the spot where Enoch's temple had stood, and to that
end directed that the fallen columns and rubbish should be removed. Gibulum,
Joabert, and Stolkin were selected to survey the ground and lay off the