From the Master of Kadosh (March, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 7:48 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 7:48 PM ]

Brethren,

With the upcoming Reunion it seems prudent that some of the basic information about the Consistory and its 2 Degrees be made readily available as a framework.  The following information is taken from the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide. 
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 both "tribunal" and "imperial council" and becomes apparent when viewing the two Degrees. As with other Scottish Rite Degrees, the Consistorial Degrees present some of their lessons by borrowing from the symbols of other cultures and times.
In the 31st Degree the mythology of the ancient Egyptians is portrayed  as a tribunal or court of the dead. Within its drama, which is based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a soul seeks to find favor in the eyes of his judges and receive his eternal reward. 
A synopsis of the 32nd will be provided in my April message. 
For this Reunion, the 31st Degree will be communicated and as the current Master of Kadosh, I will be providing the communication using information provided by Ill Daniel Doornbos.

Jerry Best
Master of Kadosh