Reading through one of the volumes of the "History of Royal Arch Masonry" I came into a chapter discussing the Most Excellent Master degree. In the second paragraph it states:
Again, we were permitted to witness the conferring of the degree in what was the largest tiled meeting of a chapter ever held. We refer to the degree conferred in the old Convention Hall in Kansas City, MO, in 1922, at which eight or nine thousand members of chapters, in and near Kansas City, witnessed the conferring the degree upon a class of more than 1,000 candidates. With a 75 piece orchestra, a chorus of 150 voices, and processions in which two or three hundred participated, it presented a picture which it will take many years to duplicate.
Could you imagine attending such a presentation?? This must have been quite the sight to see. With conducting the research for my book, I have been a little absent on posting articles, but once I read that paragraph that I had to share it with all of you.
When I read through the Most Excellent Master again recently, I realized just how beautiful the degree really is. I sometimes think that we mistreat the degree by placing it after an unnecessary degree that's unrelated to anything and right before another beautiful degree with only a manufactured relationship. I sometimes wish we would just remove the MEM degree from the necessary degrees and make it like the SEM, optional. That way, we can encourage its proper presentation.ReplyDelete