Royal and Select Message Sept 2014


Mon., Sept. 1 – Labor Day

Thurs., Sept. 11 – Patriot Day

6:30 p.m. – Monthly Dinner Served

Tues., Sept. 16, 7:45 p.m. – Stated Meeting

Mon., Sept. 24 – Autumn

Wed., Sept. 24 – Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown

Tues., Oct. 7, 7:30 – Quarterly Arch Meeting

Hello Companions! I hope you all had a great summer. I am very excited to get back to Masonry. I did a little reading over the summer to better understand the degrees in council. A lot of you will know most of what I learned but I figured I would share a little bit for all the new companions who have joined us last year.

The degrees of the York Rite are classified as Symbolic: (Lodge of Master Masons). Capitular: (Chapter of Royal Arch Masons) Cryptic; (Council of Cryptic Masons) and Chivalric; (Commander of Knights Templar) The Cryptic Rite or degrees derives its name from the setting of the degrees of Royal Master and Select Master Degrees in the underground crypt beneath King Solomon’s Temple. The word “cryptic”, means hidden. Hence its use in describing the above degrees.

The Super Excellent Degree does not take place in the Crypt but does relate to certain events that involved the Crypt; so it is included. These three degrees are very beautiful and meaningful as they complete the story you started to learn as an entered apprentice.

I look forward to seeing you all again and having a great year.

If you would like to learn more visit the Ohio Grand Council’s web page and take the Cell Courses. They are very informative and free. If you complete them you will receive a certificate of completion from the Grand Council. Log into, for the program.

Larry Haines, Master