I just got done reciting the Chapter and Council degrees of York Rite with one of my Companion's of the Council. We've done this over the last two weeks or so. We went in an odd order, starting with the Council degrees: Royal Master and Select Master, then we went back and did the Chapter degrees: Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, Royal Arch Mason. Next, we will probably go back and recite the Blue Lodge degrees together.
I heartily recommend this type of small group study to all of my brethren in the Craft. It has been very instructive, and provides the ability to stop and discuss the possible meanings of symbolism and the impressions that we receive -- something that doesn't usually get to happen in the midst of a full degree rehearsal at the Lodge.
Upon close study, each degree has become more beautiful than it seemed before. The symbolism has been made richer, even in the humblest of degrees.
Steps to the Endowment.
3 weeks ago