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28° - Knight of the Sun

Scottish Rite, NMJ 28th Degree: Knight of the Sun poster


In the 28° we witness Masonry’s transformation from an operative guild to a speculative moral fraternity.


The working tools of the builders' art are used to express unique qualities of moral instruction.




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