Past Master

This degree in Masonry was instituted to try the qualifications of a Master Mason before becoming Master of a Lodge, and no Mason can constitutionally preside over a Lodge of Master Masons unless he has been admitted to this Degree. In regards to the Royal Arch, this degree was reserved only to those who had actually been elected to and served in the Oriental Chair of Solomon, but within recent years the York Rite degree were opened to any Master Mason seeking a better understanding of his Blue Lodge experience, for that reason this degree was created to allow Master Masons to understand the duties and obligations of the office of Worshipful Master, but gives none of the authority of an actual Worshipful Brother.

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