hirty Third Degree: The last and final
degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry is
called "Sovereign Grand Inspector General." This degree is
generally defined as the administrative degree of the order. The
meetings are called Supreme Council . The jewel is a black
double headed eagle with golden beaks and claws, holding in the
latter a gold sword, and crowned with the golden crown of
Prussia. A red Teutonic cross is affixed to the left side of the
breast. The lodge is hung with purple curtains, on which are
painted skeletons, death heads, cross, bones etc. There are nine
officers in this degree. The Master of the lodge is called the
"Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander."
During the opening ceremonies the Master of
the Lodge ask the puissant Lieutenant Grand Commander : " From
when came you?" Answer : "From the cradle, passing trough life
towards our common lot-the grave".
After the lodge is declared opened the Master
of the lodge orders the Grand Marshal to prepare the candidate
(if there is one) for initiation by divesting him of his shoes
and hat, clothe him in a black robe, give him a lighted candle
in his right hand, tie a black robe around his neck, and lead
him (like a helpless animal) to the door of the council chamber.
Then the show begins and it is said to the
candidate ,once he enters the council chamber and he is received
by the image of a skeleton, "Your head is uncovered, your feet
bare to remind you that you must ever be prepared to assist
brethren in need, and free them from the yoke of oppression,
which is symbolized by the black cable tow around your neck".
We also learn in this degree that the object
of all the degrees in Masonry is light, wisdom, tolerance,
freedom and courage. It is also revealed in this degree that all
the ceremonies of Masonry are but "faithful" representations of
the realistic life. Those who are initiated into the 33rd degree
are reminded that Masonry "recognizes and adopts none of the
religions of the world ".
(So how can religious leaders be part of it
It is important to note here that this degree
created by the illuminati of the R+C together with their Jesuit
supervisors , attempts to pull together the teachings of the
former degrees. It gives a more profound explanation of Masonic
ceremonies. The illustrius Grand Minister of State explains in a
lecture to the candidate and the general body 33rd degree
members, that the object is to rebuild the material temple of
Solomon or at least to rebuild a moral temple ,wherein truth and
love shall dwell for his members.
Concerning the Hiramic Legend, he says, "We
have not to avenge the murder of Hiram Abiff, for he represents
that eternal wisdom ,which ignorance and lust of power and
falsehood had concealed from us,but we must go on , in search of
those laws by which the moral world is regulated. We have not
persecuted the unfortunate nation of Judah, for having sentenced
to death our beloved Sovereign Jesus of Nazareth, the Apostle of
the duties and rights of man, but we must crush forever
superstition, fanaticism and intolerance. They ,and not the
children of Israel were guilty".
"To no man has God given authority to replace
and represent Him on earth, and all those who pretend to be His
ministers and representative must not be believed.
Our ignorance and selfishness alone give
these usurpers the power, which the wield for the gratification
of their emperors' schemes. Our Order is instituted to stop such
encroachment and to prevent the renewal of the tragedy which
ended in the murder of those Knights Templar's, whose virtues
and moral powers caused such terror to the political and
religious usurpers of that age". He further points out that
Freemasonry abhors the doctrine which teaches the murder of
kings and priest " but as long as the weakness of mankind reders
their usurpation unavoidable, we must prevent their exercising
their power to oppress mankind and endeavor by degrees to
enlighten our brother men."
After the lecture the candidate is taught the
passwords, signs and motto of this degree:
PASSWORD: De Molay, Hiram Abiff, "Frederick "
SIGN OF ORDER: Place the left hand over the
SIGN OF ENTRANCE: Cross the arms on the
breast and bow the head.
MOTTO OF THE ORDER: Deus meumque Jus, God and
my right. Dieu et mon Droit
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The 32° of Freemasonry