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23° - Knight of Valor

Scottish Rite, NMJ 23rd Degree: Knight of Valor poster


The 23rd degree is based on a true incident during World War II and the heroic actions of Four Chaplains. We learn that a man who forgets his duty to God, family, country, and himself puts himself in danger of moral and spiritual destruction.


This degree teaches us that faith in God will find expression in love for our fellow man.


Reverence for God, Tolerance, Devotion to Country & Service to Humanity


The Degrees of the Consistory

The Consistory is responsible for conferring the 19th through the 32nd degrees. These degrees demonstrate the challenges of social and moral conflicts, drawing on lessons from the age of chivalry through modern day.

The term "Consistory" comes from the Latin consistere (“stand firm”), which led to the term consistorium (“assembly place”). Historically, the word consistory has referred to either a council of the advisors of Roman emperors or the papal consistory, a meeting of the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. Within Freemasonry, Consistory refers to an assembly of Scottish Rite officers who, under the auspices of the Supreme Council, grant degrees.

Learn more about the consistory

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Become a 32° Freemason