Royal and Select Masters
The Cryptic Degrees
This Degree takes us backward in time to a day before the death of the builder, who is again the central character. He imparts to the candidate sublime teaching of a useful labor on earth, and gives him valuable instruction as to preservation of our valuable secrets. This is one of the most beautiful Degrees in all Freemasonry. It is especially illustrative of the third and seventh Degrees.
This Degree also historically occurs prior to the third Degree, and deals with incidents that occurred at the building of the first Temple. It is closely connected with the Royal Arch Degree and affords the explanation needed for its perfect understanding. This Degree is highly dramatic and of great interest.
Super Excellent Master
This Degree, which is conferred usually on large classes and on special occasions, refers to circumstances and incidents during the siege of Jerusalem, and the final destruction of the Temple. It is very dramatic, and is conferred upon Select Masters.