4° Through 14°
Solomon's Lodge of Perfection

The Ineffable Degrees ( 4° – 14° )

The first portion of the Scottish Rite system of degrees is called The Lodge of Perfection. This series of degrees includes the 4° through to the 14° and are referred to as the ineffable degrees. Ineffable comes from the Latin ineffibilis which means something that should not be spoken.

Solomons Lodge of Perfection

Timothy L. Culhane, 33°, HGA
Thrice Potent Master

Line Officers 2021-2022

Thrice Potent Master - Timothy L. Culhane
Deputy Master -  Jason E. Greene            
Senior Warden -  Dennis J. Cipriano            
Junior Warden -  Joshua A. Irizarry            
Orator -  Thomas Briggs, Jr.            
Master of Ceremonies -  Andrew Palmer            
Captain of the Guard -  Kyle N. Gamache   

The first portion of the Scottish Rite system of degrees is called The Lodge of Perfection.

This series of degrees includes the 4° through to the 14° and are referred to as the ineffable degrees. Ineffable comes from the  Latin ineffibilis which means something that should not be spoken.


4° – Builder

A Master Mason seeks divine guidance.
Philosophy: Brothers grow together in Scottish Rite.
Core Values: Reverence for God, Integrity, & Service

5° – Perfect Master

Two sons of Aaron, corrupted by greed and ambition, allow the sacred flame to extinguish.
Philosophy: Trustworthiness is more valuable than life and is the basis for Masonic honor.
Core Values: Reverence for God, Justice & Integrity.

6° - Master of the Brazen Serpent

When the children of Israel encounter a rough and dangerous journey through the desert, they rebel against Moses and God.
Philosophy: The answer to the spiritual problems of mankind is faith in ourselves and in God.
Core Values: Reverence for God.

7° - Provost and Judge

A dispute among the workmen where honesty and justice prevail.
Philosophy: We should render justice to all mankind.
Core Values:
Justice & Integrity.

8° - Intendent of the Building

Based on the Old Testament story of King David and his assignment to his son, the future King Solomon.
Philosophy: The degree reminds us that each honor we receive requires attention to a particular duty.
Core Values: Service, Integrity, & Reverence for God.

9° - Master of the Temple

The Temple of King Solomon is dedicated by priests of many religions.
Philosophy: We should not be too zealous in executing justice.
Core Values: Reverence for God & Service.

10° - Master Elect

King Solomon learns of his sentence from which there is no appeal.
Philosophy: The violator of his obligations to God will not go unpunished.
Core Values: Reverence for God & Justice.

11° - Sublime Master Elected

King Solomon's tax collector violates the public trust.
Philosophy: When confronted by corrupt, tyrannical, or illegal behavior on the part of a person in authority, the nation should remain loyal and courageous.
Core Values: Integrity.

12° - Master of Mercy

Joseph forgives his brothers for selling him into slavery.
Philosophy: We are taught forgiveness, compassion, and brotherly love.
Core Values: Justice & Integrity.

13° - Master of the Ninth Arch

The degree dramatizes the dangers encountered as men search for the lost word.
Philosophy: We are reminded that difficulties and dangers should not deter us from pursuing moral perfection.
Core Values: Reverence for God.

14° - Grand Elect Mason

The essence of Symbolic Masonry is compiled in lessons of the Lodge of Perfection.
Philosophy: Members are encouraged to worship God at the altar of their choice.
Core Values: Reverence for God.

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