19°-32° Degree Summaries

A Consistory has the responsibility to confer the 19° - 32°. These degrees demonstrate the challenges of social and moral conflicts.


19th Degree - Brothers of the Trail

Along the Oregon Trail in 1840, one pioneer lives up to his sacred obligation to care for his brother. Philosophy: A Mason's word is good as gold anyplace in the world where a man's word still counts for something. Core Values: Reverence for God & Integrity.

20th Degree - Master Ad Vitam

Benedict Arnold seeks pardon for his treason. Philosophy: Treason is a crime over which Masonry casts no mantle of charity. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Integrity.

21st Degree - Patriarch Noachite

Knights and Nobles come together to punish crime, reward virtue, protect the innocent, and provide aid to the needy. Philosophy: Freemasonry is not a shield for evildoing. Core Values: Justice.

22nd Degree - Prince of Libanus

A brother is introduced to wood cutters who test his willingness to put aside his rank and status. Philosophy: Honest work is honorable and noble in the sight of God and man. Core Values: Service.

23rd Degree - Knight of Valor

Based on a true incident during World War II and the heroic actions of Four Chaplains. Philosophy: This degree teaches us that faith in God will find expression in love for our fellow man, even to the ultimate personal sacrifice. Core Values: Reverence for God, Toleration, Devotion to Country & Service.

24th Degree - Brother of the Forest

A Native American petitions for membership in a colonial symbolic lodge. Philosophy: The importance of toleration, and Freemasonry is a universal brotherhood. Core Values: Toleration.

25th Degree - Master of Achievement

Industriousness is shown through the life of Brother Benjamin Franklin. Philosophy: The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealing with one another. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Service.

26th Degree - Friend and Brother Eternal

Two officers, while on opposite sides of the Civil War, maintain their Masonic principles. Philosophy: Masonic unity and harmony transcend conflict. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Integrity.

27th Degree - Knight of Jerusalem

An historic clash between Pope Honorius III and Emperor Frederick II. Philosophy: When tensions arise between church and state, one must be governed by his own conscious. Core Value: Toleration.

28th Degree – Knight of the Sun

Masonry's transformation from an operative guild to speculative moral fraternity. Philosophy: The working tools of the builders' art are used to express unique qualities of moral instruction. Core Values: Integrity.

29th Degree - Knight of St. Andrew

An incident in the long wars between Islam and Christianity in Europe is resolved by Masonic teachings and toleration. Philosophy: No one religion has a monopoly on truth. Core Value: Toleration.

30th Degree – Grand Inspector

A fourteenth century trial in the English civil court during the reign of Edward II is conducted. Philosophy: To be attentive, impartial, and equitable in judging others. Core Values: Justice.

31st Degree - My Brother’s Keeper

While attending St. Andrew's Lodge at the Green Dragon Tavern, Brothers Warren and Dawes come to the aid of an injured brother. Philosophy: The degree reinforces our call to service in the fraternity. Core Values: Integrity & Service.

32nd Degree – Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret

The degree dramatically teaches us to choose between personal advancement and service to humanity. Philosophy: The degree represents the victory of the spiritual over the human in man. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Service.