STORYLINE The 9th degree focuses on the Temple of King Solomon, as it is dedicated by priests of many religions. This degree emphasizes using truth, candor, and generosity to shape our lives and actions. PHILOSOPHY We should not be overzealous in executing justice. CORE VALUES Reverence for God & Service to Humanity Find this Degree See the 9° - Master of the Temple at the Valleys below. Massachusetts Boston Secretary: Thomas U. Kenney, 32° MASONIC BUILDING, 186 TREMONT STREET, #705, BOSTON, MA, 02111-1014, 617-426-8228 • 617-426-8228 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?