THE DEGREES

There are six distinguished Grades that can be earned, with each one representing a higher level of dedication and commitment. Companions who go above and beyond the call of duty may have the opportunity to attain the final Grade, which is bestowed at the Grand Summus’ discretion.

For those who have earned the first four Grades, the coveted Red Cord serves as a symbol of their impressive accomplishments and is worn with pride as a mark of their journey towards elite status.

FIRST GRADE

The First Grade tells of the story of how Rahab hid the Jewish spies from the King of Jericho. 

SECOND GRADE

The Second Grade relates to the story of Ruth, her eventual marriage to Boaz, (the son of Salmon and Rahab) and the birth of their son Obed, the Grandfather of David. The 2nd Grade Jewel is a scroll with Greek letters engraved.

THIRD GRADE

In the Third Grade a Companion reflects upon the resolve of the Maccabees to retain their faith in the face of oppressive tyranny. The 3rd Grade Jewel is a silver skull and crossbones suspended from a ribbon.

FOURTH GRADE

The Fourth Grade is conferred on those who have served two years after being President of a Consistory, proved proficiency within the Province and upon being recommended by the Provincial Grand Surnrnus. The Companion will then be invited to attend a special meeting where they will witness one of the most spectacular ceremonies in Freemasonry. It depicts the carrying of the Ark of the Covenant over the River Jordan to its triumphant entrance into the city of Jericho. The 4th Grade Jewel depicts the Ark of the Covenant suspended from a tricolour ribbon of red, white and black.

FIFTH GRADE

The Fifth Grade illustrates the attack on Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, which is briefly recounted by the Principal Sojourner in the Royal Arch ritual and explains the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant. This is conferred on Past Presidents at the discretion of the Grand Summus. The 5th Grade Jewel depicts the Ark of the Covenant within a silver star and is worn on the left breast.

 

SIXTH GRADE

The Sixth Grade relates the history of the Maccabees in their struggle to gain independence for the Jewish nation about 150 years before the birth of Christ. This Grade is only conferred on those who have given distinguished service to the Order. The 6th Grade Jewel is similar in every respect to that of the 5th Degree, except that it is in gold. It continues to be worn on the left breast.