|Dear Master Craftsman Participants—
During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we will continue to support our Master Craftsman Program. You can still subscribe to new courses, and currently enrolled participants can continue to take and mail in their completed quizzes. Quizzes for the Ritual & History Course can now be taken and submitted online. If you’d like to switch from the paper quizzes to the online version simply email Stuart Pool, program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because the Supreme Council’s physical offices at the House of the Temple are closed and the staff is working remotely, it will take longer than normal to receive your graded quizzes. As such, we would ask for your understanding, patience, and consideration in this unique and challenging time.
We will inform you on this page, if any changes to Master Craftsman Program service become required. Thank you again for your participation in the Master Craftsman Program.
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting, correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC, under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33°, of the A&A Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. All three courses are available as mail-in courses, but new for Summer 2020, the Ritual & History Program is available online! Those three courses and a Group Studies program constitute the SRMC. While a Scottish Rite, SJ, member may use Group Studies program at any time, the three courses are meant to be taken in the following order:
- Program I: The Symbolic Lodge will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism. This will reveal that the “High Degrees” began to develop soon after formation of the Premier Grand Lodge (1717). Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, along with Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) will be used to demonstrate a rational and philosophical interpretation for much of what is found in Craft Masonry.
- Program II: Scottish Rite History & Ritual consists of six lessons, utilizing the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light (4th ed.) by Rex Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, as its textbooks. *Now available online!
- Program III: Scottish Rite Philosophy uses Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma, Annotated Edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross and returns to the ritual of the Scottish Rite to re-explore it on a deeper level, by looking for the moral lesson imparted in each degree and then applying that lesson to one’s everyday life. The course consists of 33 quizzes, grouped into 10 sections
Upon completion of each course listed above, the participant will be rewarded with a medal or pins to denote multiple completions. The Group Studies program operates differently from the three courses. You can learn more about Master Craftsman Group Studies here.
Suggested Order of Programs and Their Associated Texts
1. Master Craftsman Program I: The Symbolic Lodge
(1º, 2º, 3º, using Albert Pike’s Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry and Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide)
2. Master Craftsman Program II: Scottish Rite History & Ritual
(4º–32º, using the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide and A Bridge to Light. *Now available online!)
3. Master Craftsman Program III: Scottish Rite Philosophy
(1º–32º, using Morals and Dogma)
Questions about the Program?
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