From the Secretaries Table (October, 2012)

posted May 26, 2015, 5:36 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 5:36 PM ]

Brethren all,

Interestingly: An article in the April issue of Southwest Airline’s Spirit magazine explained the origin of various phrases. The expla-nation of the “Third Degree” was traced to Freemasonry. Here is what the Article Said:
“In the 1880s, many of the higher-ups in New York City’s police force were Freemasons. The Highest degree of Initiation is the third degree, a process rumored to involve intense questioning. One particularly successful MYPD interrogator was a third-degree Mason named Thomas Byrnes. In one New-Your Tribune article from 1883, he coined the phrase when he was quoted as breaking a gang of criminals by giving them ‘the third degree.’”
Corn, wine and oil - which one more important?
Corn, wine and oil are the Masonic elements of consecration. The adoption of these symbols is supported by the highest antiquity. They are mentioned in the ritual work, and are used in public cornerstone ceremonies.
But is one more important than the others?
According to Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, “In ceremonies, the corn alone is carried in a golden pitcher, and the wine and oil are placed in silver vessels. This is to remind us that the first, as a necessity and the “staff of life,” is of more importance and more worthy of honor than the others, which are by comforts
(September, 2012 EMESSAY NOTES)

Fraternally,
Bob Rowan,
General Secretary