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Why a 32° Mason?

32nd Degree Double-Headed Eagle

You took the necessary steps to become a Master Mason. You earned the right to become a part of the oldest and greatest fraternal organization in the world. Now you have an opportunity to expand upon your knowledge of Masonry, to widen your circle of acquaintances, and to serve humanity in unique ways.

You may approach a 32° Mason to take the next step into the Scottish Rite. Or he may approach you to suggest that you continue your Masonic journey, which should be a never-ending path. There is always room for improvement in our lives.

Although there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason, the 29 degrees of the Scottish Rite serve to enrich the philosophy of the Symbolic Lodge. A Mason who chooses to further his Masonic experience by becoming a 32° Scottish Rite Mason will be expanding upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry. The moral and ethical lessons will allow him to be constantly reminded of his duty to God, family, country and fellow man.

Degree Structure

Whereas a Symbolic Lodge appears in almost every community in the United States, the Scottish Rite units tend to be regional and are called “Valleys.” Most Valleys have four distinct parts, although in some areas a candidate may be required to continue his degrees in a neighboring Valley.

The Lodge of Perfection confers the 4° – 14°. These are commonly referred to as the Ineffable degrees. In the 11 lessons the candidate will observe many references, scenes and characters which recall and amplify the three Symbolic degrees.

The Council of Princes of Jerusalem confers the 15° and 16°, which teach lessons using the settings based on the Babylonian captivity of the Hebrews and the building of the second Temple.

The Chapter of Rose Croix confers the 17° and 18°, and is the spiritual heart of the Scottish Rite. These degrees teach that the only lasting Temple is in the soul of man. The Consistory confers the 19Q -32Q. These degrees portray many memorable lessons that range in settings from the days of chivalry through the 20th century.

A Scottish Rite degree can offer a new reflection each time it is performed or observed. The lessons are taught through parables in the form of plays, allowing Masons the opportunity to bond through theater, stage work, costuming, makeup, set design and musical activities. Cast members present the lessons, which are taken from Biblical and modern historical events, to candidates who learn from observing the performances.

How long will it take?

 A Master Mason may become a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in one day, or he may take each body of degrees separately over a period of time. Each degree requires elaborate stage preparation, so not every degree is presented in full form during a degree-conferring session. The lessons for degrees not performed are summarized for the candidates. Every 32° Mason should strive to witness in future years as many degree presentations as possible. Each degree is performed at least once within a six-year period.

 Is memorization required?

A candidate is not required to commit the Scottish Rite degrees, signs, passwords, tokens or grips to memory. No examinations are given either during the degree work nor for admission to the meetings of other Valleys.

Following initiation, a member gains entrance to meetings of any Scottish Rite Valley by presenting a current dues card. A new member receives a 32° passport to record the date each degree is witnessed.

 Are you ready to volunteer in the Valley of Harrisburg?  

The following are year round volunteer positions within the Valley of Harrisburg: Door Tylers for Special Events, Fund-Raising Events for the Children’s Dyslexia Center, Building Maintenance and Projects, Publications and Mailings, Website and Social Media, Membership Recruitment, and Membership Retention.

The following are volunteer positions at our semi-annual reunions: Choir, Orchestra, Stage Crew, Degree Cast Member- Speaking Roles, Degree Cast Member- Non-Speaking Roles, Stewards, Registration, Ushers, Marshals, Tylers, Robing, Make-Up and Video and Photography.

Enjoy our Slide Show of Old and New Valley Activities!

Scottish Rite Consistory