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5° - Perfect Master

Scottish Rite, NMJ 5th Degree: Perfect Master poster

STORYLINE

The 5th degree focuses on Masonic honor. In this degree, two sons of Aaron, corrupted by greed and ambition, allow the sacred flame to extinguish. The 5th degree teaches us to conduct all of our actions with honesty and trustworthiness, which are the cornerstones of the foundation of honor.

PHILOSOPHY

Trustworthiness is more valuable than life and is the basis of Masonic honor.

CORE VALUES

Reverence for God, Justice & Integrity

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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?

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