Hiram Lodge of Perfection
|Thrice Potent Master
Michael J. Waldern, 32° MSA
Matthew P. Thompson, 32°
Robert A. Roth, 32°
Lloyd G. Brink, 32°
Ronald L. Ensell, 32°
|Master of Ceremonies
Frank R Daugherty, 32°
|Captain of the Guard
Ray G. Hall, 32°
There are eleven degrees associated with the Lodge of Perfection, 4° through 14°.
LESSONS OF THE SCOTTISH RITE, LODGE OF PERFECTION
4° Secret Master The Fourth Degree emphasizes duty, fidelity, integrity, and the necessity for secrecy in all confidential relationships.
5° Perfect Master This degree teaches that impure thoughts and selfish, unworthy ambitions are corrupting and destructive, and that a man who forgets his duty to family, country, and God will be morally and spiritually destroyed.
6° Intimate Secretary This degree teaches that devotion to one’s friends and zealousness in performing one’s duties are rewarding virtues.
7° Provost and Judge This degree teaches us to judge righteously, without respect to person, and that one law and one custom shall apply to all. Let justice be impartial, tempered with deserved mercy.
8° Intendant of the Building This degree teaches that each new honor is meant to be a step toward perfection in the moral code; each a development of a particular duty; and that benevolence and charity are necessary virtues of leadership.
9° Master Elect of Nine This degree reminds us that through the ages man has searched for God in many ways, and worshiped Him in many tongues, but that Universal Worship is found in service to our fellow man.
10° Master Elect of Fifteen This degree teaches that a violator of his obligations and commitments will not go unpunished and, further, that excuses, rationalizations, and other evidences of lack of repentance, will very likely increase the severity of the penalties.
11° Sublime Master Elected This degree dwells on good citizenship. Evil doings should be punished. Honesty and respect for others should be rewarded. Be earnest, honest and sincere
12° Grand Master Architect This degree teaches that the Mason, as he learns to use the tools and instruments of his trade and skill, also learns to contemplate the many aspects of life and deal with them as a child of God, steadily advancing to those heights of experience which we call perfection.
13° Master of the Ninth Arch This degree teaches that difficulties and dangers, however great, should not deter the true and faithful from progressing onward to perfection. It teaches the great truth that the finest things in life come only as a result of constant and often painful effort.
14° Grand Elect Mason In the Scottish Rite, this degree is the summit of Ancient Craft Masonry. As the crowning degree of the Lodge of Perfection, its essence is the holiness of God and reverence for His Holy Name. God will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.