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WELCOME ! “ FURTHER LIGHT IN FREEMASONRY ” PRESENTED BY Miami York Rite Bodies Lee Popham Sr., Illustrious Master Adoniram Council No. 10, R.&S.M.

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1 WELCOME ! “ FURTHER LIGHT IN FREEMASONRY ” PRESENTED BY Miami York Rite Bodies Lee Popham Sr., Illustrious Master Adoniram Council No. 10, R.&S.M.

2 The York Rite of Freemasonry The Symbolic Lodge A Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons A Chapter of Royal Arch Masons A Council of Royal & Select Masters A Commandery of Knights Templar

3 The Symbolic Lodge is the Foundation

4 NO MORE COMPETITION WE WORK TOGETHER, OR WE SUFFER TOGETHER

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6 A continuation of the Work The York Rite is foundational in it’s approach Many of the questions from the Symbolic Lodge are answered in the Chapter & Council Degrees

7 Masonic Light of the York Rite In the Beginning, God said “Let there be light and there was light!” In the Beginning, God said “Let there be light and there was light!”

8 Masonic Light of the York Rite You represented Hiram Abif and received a Substitute Word Continue the York Rite path of knowledge to find the long lost Master’s Word You represented Hiram Abif and received a Substitute Word Continue the York Rite path of knowledge to find the long lost Master’s Word

9 Who is Eligible To Join Members in Good Standing of our Symbolic (or “Blue”) Lodges

10 Why the York Rite? Because one or more of the following describe YOU... –I am a Master Mason – 6 months, or Proficiency –I Believe Freemasonry is a Progressive Science –I am a Respected Leader –I Possess High Standards of Integrity –I Support Worthy Causes –I have a Fraternal Belief in Principles –I am ready to Travel a Delightful New Road –I Believe in Continued Masonic Education

11 What is the YORK RITE? A Series of Masonic Degrees and Orders Exemplifies and explains teachings not addressed in the Symbolic Lodge: –Historical Backgrounds –Ancient Craft Customs Rich in pageantry and color Dramatically presented in full regalia/costumes No “Memory” or “Work” Lectures (at first!)

12 “Royal Arch Masonry” CHAPTER Four Capitular Degrees: Mark Master Past Master (Virtual) Most Excellent Master Royal Arch

13 The Royal Arch Degree was maintained as a part of the Craft until the 18th Century. As Craftsmen you will learn how to collect your wages, assist in the rebuilding of the Temple, find the Master’s Word, and learn where it was placed before the death of our Grand Master Hiram Abif.

14 A Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Comprised of Four Degrees –Mark Master –Past Master –Most Excellent Master –Royal Arch Degree Taken as a whole the theme of the Chapter Degrees may be summarized in a single word RECOVERY

15 The Mark Master Degree Considered by many to be one of the oldest degrees in Masonry The Candidate represents a Fellow Craft Mason The Degree teaches us to look for the value in all things and to be mindful of the importance of the contributions of others

16 The Past Master’s Degree Originally, the Royal Arch degree could only be conferred upon those who served as Masters of their Symbolic Lodge The Degree now confers the symbolic title of Past Master First conferred in England in 1768

17 The Most Excellent Masters Degree Here we see the completion and dedication of the Temple

18 The Royal Arch Degree The Royal Arch Degree compliments the Master Masons Degree The Climax of Ancient Craft Masonry Without the Royal Arch Degree the Master’s Degree Is A song that is half sung, a tale partly told or a promise unfulfilled Holiness to the Lord

19 “Cryptic Masonry” COUNCIL Three Cryptic Degrees: Royal Master Select Master Super Excellent Master –Although optional, is mandatory to hold office

20 Council of Royal & Select Masters Comprised of Two Degrees –Royal Master –Select Master Based on events that occurred before the Royal Arch Degree and after the Third Degree of the symbolic Lodge Taken as a whole the theme of the Council Degrees may be summarized in a single word PRESERVATION

21 Royal Masters Degree A young Craftsman named Adoniram is the central character How the word will be preserved This degree takes place prior to and shortly following the Master Mason’s Degree

22 As a Royal Master you will have a discussion with Hiram Abif about his mortality. How and why was the word saved, what happened prior to its discovery, by whom, and for what purpose? The answers to these questions can be found as a Select Master.

23 Select Master’s Degree We must set a good watch over our words and actions and attachment to duty thus the principles of Masonry will result in advancement in life and Masonry The heart of this degree is FIDELITY

24 “The Knights Templar” COMMANDERY Three Chivalric Orders Order of the Red Cross Order of Malta Order of the Temple

25 The Orders of a Commandery of Knights Templar The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross The Order of Malta The Order of the Temple These Orders may be summarized as CONTINUATION

26 “Every Christian Mason Should be a Knight Templar” Assist at the Rebuilding of the 2 nd Temple. What is the origin of the Knights Templar? Be Dubbed and Created a member of the Valiant and Magnanimous Order of the Temple.

27 The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross The First of the Commandery Orders –Founded upon Truth –Dramatizes the freeing of the Jewish captives after 70 years of slavery Truth a Divine Attribute and the foundation of all Virtues

28 The Order of Malta The first of the Masonic Degrees to apply the precepts of Christianity Traces the history of the Knights Hospitaller Also known as Knights of St. John of Rhoades, and of Cyprus

29 The Order of the Temple The Crowning Glory of the York Rite “The most solemn and impressive experience in Masonry”

30 The Order of the Temple The way of Jesus of Nazareth through –His Life –His Death –His Resurrection –His Ascension “Every Christian Mason, should be a Knight Templar”

31 Be a Part of History

32 YORK RITE Philanthropies Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons –Royal Arch Research Assistance –Masonic Medical Research Foundation Grand Council Cryptic Masons –Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation –Youth Groups, Masonic and Non-Masonic Support –Miami and Florida Masonic History and Education Grand Commandery Knights Templar –Knights Templar Eye Foundation –Holy Land Pilgrimage/Endowment Fund

33 Are Cordially Invited to Join! We meet in Symbolic Lodge settings, with our own distinct rituals – Dinner 6:30, Meeting 7:30 –Jericho Chapter No. 11 RAM – 3 rd Monday, Odd Months Oleeta West Lodge, 145 S. Royal Poinciana, Miami Springs –Adoniram Council No. 10 (RSM) – 3 rd Monday, Even Months Hialeah Lodge, 150 W. 20 Street, Hialeah –Miami Commandery No. 13 (Knights Templar) Fourth Monday, Monthly Hialeah Lodge, 150 W. 20 Street, Hialeah Initiation Fees: $32 RAM, $32 RSM, $80 KT Annual dues: $36 RAM, $36 RSM, $56 KT “YOU”

34 Action! A Special Time to Become a Member Continued Masonic Education Knighting in a New Century Sign a Petition, Why Wait You Will Not Be Disappointed! “Now”

35 Travel the road of Further Masonic Light YORK RITE MASONRY

36 The York Rite of Freemasonry A journey waiting to begin For more information please visit Select “Join Us” “Grand Recorders”

37 Ask for a Petition Brought to you by the –Jericho Chapter No. 11 of Royal Arch Masons –Adoniram Council No. 10 of Cryptic Masons –Miami Commandery No. 13 of Knights Templar Grand York Rite of the State of Florida For More Information, Contact: –A Masonic Leader you Respect, and/or –The Grand York Rite of Florida »Steven Steele, Grand Recorder Emeritus »P.O. Box 2740 »Lake Placid, Florida »


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