The Degrees

The First Degree:

Entered Apprentice

"It is through the Mysteries, Cicero says, that we have learned the first principles of life;  wherefore the term "initiation" is used with good reason; and they not only teach us to live more happily and agreeably, but they soften the pains of death by the hope of a better life hereafter." 

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871

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The Second Degree:

Fellow Craft

"Already clothed in the white garment of innocence, the advancing candidate is now invested with the deep and unalterable truths of science.  At length he passes the porch of the Temple, and in his progress to the middle chamber is taught the ancient and unerring method of distinguishing a friend from a foe. His attention is directed to the wonders of nature and art, and the differences between operative and speculative masonry . . . " 

Dr. Albert G. Mackey, 1845, (Lexicon of Freemasonry, Barnes & Noble, 2004)

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The Third Degree:

Master Mason

"The Master Mason Degree represents age. The brother is encouraged to reflect upon his deeds and make peace with his God, because death is a strong theme during this degree.  How a man lives and dies is the most important message the degrees of Masonry teach." 

Freemasons for Dummies byChristopher Hodapp, Copyright@2005 by Wiley Publishing, Inc. "This material is used by permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc."

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