From the Master of Kadosh (February, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 3:27 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 3:27 PM ]

Roger Bibb

My article each month this year will most likely be something about the Consistory and hope you will find it interesting. The following is an excerpt from the Scottish Rite Ritual used for the Master Craftsman program.  
The Consistory of the Masters of the Royal Secret comprises the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Degrees.The word consistory derives from the Latin consistorium, which means "tribunal" and "imperial council."  The aptness of this word will become readily apparent.
As with the other degrees of Freemasonry, the consistorial degrees present some of their lessons by borrowing the symbols of other cultures and times.
In the Thirty-first Degree the mythology of the ancient Egyptians is vividly portrayed, as a tribunal or court of the dead is represented. Within its drama, based upon the Egyptian Book of the Dead , a soul seeks to find favor in the eyes of his judges and receive his eternal reward.
The Thirty-second Degree recapitulates the lessons of the Scottish Rite prior to introducing the candidate to the Royal Secret and the Holy Doctrine. The reality of God's intimacy with mankind is reinforced as a fact and truth, and not merely an idealistic notion. The Master of the Royal Secret learns that by self-sacrifice and the application of philosophical truth he may become part of Freemasonry's ideal of a Holy Empire, an the empire of intellect, reason, philosophy and wise morality. 
The Master Craftsman Program contains a tremendous amount of knowledge to be absorbed and is very valuable.  There are still copies of the program available from the General Secretary.  Get one and get started on further Scottish Rite Light.

Roger Bibb, 
Master of Kadosh