STORYLINE The 11th degree focuses on King Solomon’s tax collector, who violates the public trust. We learn the core lesson of sympathy and are called on to be compassionate towards our fellow Brothers and all of mankind PHILOSOPHY When confronted by corrupt, tyrannical, or illegal behavior on the part of a person in authority, the nation should remain loyal and courageous. CORE VALUES Integrity Find this Degree See the 11° - Sublime Master Elected at the Valleys below. Connecticut New Haven Secretary: Jerry J. Gruenbaum, 32° P.O. Box 3879, New Haven, CT, 06515-3879, 203-580-4208 • 203-580-4208 The Lodge of Perfection Degrees The Lodge of Perfection is where a Scottish Rite Mason’s journey begins. This body confers the 4th through the 14th degrees. These degrees investigate and contemplate spirituality, and also amplify the Hiramic Legend and lessons from the Biblical era. The Lodge of Perfection degrees are often referred to as “ineffable” degrees because they focus on the ineffable, or unutterable, name of God. Members will also see many references back to the three symbolic degrees of the Blue Lodge. The degrees in this first body are meant to amplify the core Masonic teachings and apply them to practical, everyday situations. The name of the Lodge of Perfection refers to the belief of Scottish Rite Masons that while they know they are not perfect, there is a path to perfection. One of the key moral teachings in this body is that men must persevere and overcome difficulties in their progress toward perfection. What is the Lodge of Perfection?