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13° - Master of the Ninth Arch

Scottish Rite, NMJ 13th Degree: Master of the Ninth Arch poster


The 13th degree dramatizes the dangers encountered as men search for the lost word. This degree instructs us to have liberty in our mind and hearts. It encourages us to be motivated by the values of duty and honor.


Difficulties and dangers should not deter us from pursuing moral perfection.


Reverence for God


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?

two masons playing chess
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