3rd edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian; Foreword by Ronald A. Seale, 33, Sovereign Grand Commander. A comprehensive guidebook to the Revised Standard Pike Ritual, the official ritual of the Supreme Council, this work contains more material than Albert Pikes several "Liturgies," as well as the complete texts of his "Legendas" and "Readings"-in one handy volume!Subjects include: Introductory material for new members, Albert Pikes views on the nature and purposes of Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite in particular. A brief history of Blue Lodge Freemasonry and the development of its rituals. (Includes a copy of the earliest-known Masonic ritual; the legend of the raising of Noah (pre-Hiram Abif), and more.)The development of the Scottish Rite and the origins and its ritual.The structure of the Scottish Rite, its officers and their duties, a description of the four Scottish Rite Bodies, the Degrees and Honours.Members and officers regalia, rings, jewels, caps, etc. Scottish Rite symbols, depicted and described degree by degree.General instructions; a guide to conducting meetings, voting, opening and closing the lodge, council, chapter, and consistory; installation of officers; the Feast of Tishri; Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, and more.A chapter devoted to each of the rituals of all 29 degrees (4 - 32), plus the KCCH. Includes large extracts from the rituals and ceremonies, as well as the lectures for the Degrees, and never-before-published material by Albert Pike.60-pages of color inserts on the early regalia of the Scottish Rite, with illustrations from rare manuscript rituals, and the illustrations printed in Pikes earliest rituals.Masonic calendar systems; early Charleston documents (including ritual); foreign phrases in Freemasonry; Scottish Rite Alphabets and ciphers; suggested Masonic reading, and more. Hardbound with dust jacket (10 1/4" x 7 1/4"), profusely illustrated, indexed; 1105 pages.
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