Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
4. Secret Master
5. Perfect Master
6. Intimate Secretary
7. Provost and Judge
8. Intendant of Buildings
9. Master Elect of Nine
10. Master Elect of Fifteen
11. Sublime Master Elected
12. Grand Master Architect
13. Royal Arch of Enoch
14. Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Master Mason
15. Knight of the East or Sword
16. Prince of Jerusalem
17. Knights of the East and West
18. Knight of the Rose-Croix de Heredom
19. Grand Pontiff
20. Grand Master of all Symbolic Lodges
21. Noachite or Prussian Knight
22. Knight of the Royal Axe
23. Chief of the Tabernacle
24. Prince of the Tabernacle
25. Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26. Prince of Mercy
27 Commander of the Temple
28. Knight of the Sun
29. Knight of St Andrew, or Patriarch of the Crusades
30. Knight Kadosh
31. Grand Inspector Commander
32. Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.
GRAND INSPECTOR INQUISITOR COMMANDER
The Thirty-First Grade of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and
the Second Degree of the Chivalric Series
The practical test of the neophyte in the degree of Knight Kadosh, is in
this degree of Inquisitor Commander changed to a thorough examination under
charges against Masonic law and duty before the Order of the Five Brethren.
The wise sayings of sages and lawgivers are quoted for instruction, to remind
the Knight of the serious vows that he has assumed, and how to preside in
judgment and expound the law; to judge justly and punish sternly; but ever
remembering the frailty and imperfection of human nature, to pardon and forgive
while there yet remains hope of reformation.
To render judgment is a stern duty and an unwelcome task to be performed;
for in this a man usurps, to some extent, the functions of God; he should
therefore himself be just, Upright, imparilal, disregarding persons, intluence,
rank. and power.
The hangings are white, as also the canopy under which is the throne of the
President. There are ten gilded columns; one on each side of the President
in the East; one on each side of the Counsellors in the West; three on the
south side of the Tribunal, and three on the north; equidistant from each
Over the column on the right of the President is incribed in large letters
the word Justitia. Over that upon his left, the word Equitas.
From these two columns springs a Gothic arch, from the apex whereof is suspended
over the head of the President the Tetractys of Pythagoras, thus:
and under it a naked sword and the scales of justice.
Over the column on the right of the Counsellors is inscribed the word
Lenitas; upon the left, the word Misericordia. From these two
columns springs a Gothic arch, from the apex whereof is suspended in letters
of gold the sacred word of the eighteenth degree.
On the three columns in the south, going from east to west, are the busts
of Moses, Zoroaster, and Minos, with the name of each inscribed on his column.
On the columns on the north, also going from east to west, are the busts
of Confucius, Socrates, and Alfred the Great, with the name of each inscribed
on his column.
In front of the President is a table, on which are the Square and Compasses,
the Plumb and Level, an hourglass, a skull and cross-bones, a small pair
of Scales, a naked Sword, and the Book of Constitutions.
In the centre of the room are ten lights, in the east ten, and in the west
ten; each ten being arranged in the form of the Tetractys.
The altar is covered with a black cloth; Judges' table covered with green
TITLES, OFFICERS, AND THEIR STATIONS
The assembly is styled Supreme Tribunal.
The presiding officer is styled Most Perfect, President and sits in the east.
The Wardens are styled Counsellors, and sit in the west.
The Secretary (Keeper of the Seals and Archives) is styled Chancellor, and
sits on the right of the President.
The Treasurer sits on the left of the President.
The Advocate is stationed in the south.
The Defender is stationed in the north.
The Pursuivant is stationed on the right of the Counsellors.
All the members of the Supreme Tribunal, except the President, are styled
REGALIA, DECORATIONS, ETC
No apron is worn in the Supreme Tribunal. In the inferior bodies the Grand
Inspector Inquisitor Commanders, wear one of entirely white sheep-skin, with
a Teutonic cross, embroidered in silver, on the flap.
The collar is white; at the point is a triangle emitting rays, embroidered
in gold, in the centre of which is the number 31 in Arabic figures.
In the inferior bodies, instead of a collar, a Grand Inspector Inquisitor
Commander may wear around his neck a golden chain, from which hangs the cross
of the Order; the links of the chain are formed of the interlaced attributes
of the eight fundamental degrees of Masonry-viz., 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 14th,
16th, 18th, and.30th
The jewel is a silver Teutonic cross.
The hat, same as Kadosh.
When a Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander, wearing the proper insignia,
viisits a Lodge of an inferior degree, he announces himself as a Grand Inspector
Inquisitor Commander. He is proved in the ordinary manner, and the report
is made in the ear of the Master, who causes all the members to be placed
around the altar; he then sends the two Wardens to receive him, by whom he
is conducted to the altar. The Master then leaves his seat, and placing the
three gavels upon the altar, he presents them to the visiting brother, who
accepts, and returns them to the Master, and to each of the Wardens, after
which he is conducted by the Master to the seat of honour.
Hear us with indulgence, O infinite Deity, whose attributes are infinite,
and yet infinitely harmonious. Thou, of whose essence all justice, equity,
and mercy, intermingled into one infinite excellence. Thou, to whom all thoughts
and all actions of men are known and visible, as thine own; to whom the infinite
past and the infinite future are one now; and the infinitudes of space in
all directions are here. Give us the wisdom and the will to judge justly,
accurately, and mercifully; and when we come to be finally judged by thee,
do not thou judge us as, in our feebleness and passion, we may have judged
others; but forgive us and take us home to thee. Amen!
If the Knight Kadosh, when performing his pilgrimage, proves himself recreant
of any obligation, he should here be accused of the same.
If deemed an unworthy Knight by the Judges on any accusation, he should be
returned to the outer world for a probationary period; if not, the Most Perfect
President proceeds, first taking a vote of the Judges.
M.: P.: Pres.: Illustrious Knight, you desire to take upon yourself an arduous,
responsible office. There is but one infallible, unerring Judge. All human
judgment is, at best, uncertain; serious in its consequences, it must often,
when time develops its errors, produce regret, and sometimes remorse. It
is not wise to seek to judge our fellow-man; it is a stern duty, and an unwelcome
task to be performed, and not a privilege to be coveted; and woe unto that
man who assumes the prerogative of judgment, and, to some extent, usurps
the functions of God, not being himself just, upright, impartial.
Subsequent to the dismissal of the Inquisition, and preparatory to the lessons
and warnings being given, the music will be played.
I was the just King Alfred of Saxon England; I framed wise laws, made upright
judges, independent of my will and that of the people, and caused just and
speedy judgment to be given. In all my realm, justice and right were sold
to none; denied to none; delayed to none. I slept little, I wrote much; I
studied more. I reigned only to bless those over whom I had dominion. I have
vanished into the thin past, and many ages have marched in solemn procession
by my grave, yet I still live in the memory of men. They call me great king,
wise law giver, just judge; follow, then, my example, or shudder to sit in
judgment on thy fellows.
I was Socrates, the Athenian; I knew the holy mysteries, and reverenced God
in nature. In the sacred groves of Athens, I taught to young and old that
God was one, and the soul of man immortal. I taught obedience to the laws
and decrees of the people of Athens, and the council of five hundred. When
I sat in the court of the Areopagus, I swore by the paternal Apollo, by Ceres,
and by Jupiter the King, that I would sentence uprightly and according to
law - or, when the law was silent, to the best of my judgment; and that I
would not receive gifts, nor should any other for me; nor recieve bribes
from any passion, prejudice, or affection; nor allow any other person to
do the like by any means, whether direct or indirect, to prevent justice
in the court. And when, by an unjust judgment, the same court condemned me
to death, I refused to flee and escape, lest I should bring the laws into
disrepute; holding the good citizen bound to submit to even the unjust judgment
of the State. If thou wouldst fain become a judge of others, first prepare
thyself by learning to obey the laws.
I was Confucius, who read and interpreted to the people of ancient China
the great laws engraved by the finger of God, in everlasting letters, upon
the pages of the many-leaved book of nature. I said to them, desire not for
your country any other benefit than justice; the great law of duty is to
be looked for in humanity. "Justice is Equity," to render to every man that
to which he is entitled. He who would stand above the ordinary level of man
must be exempt from prejudices and self-conceit and obstinacy, and be governed
by the mandates of justice alone. Hear much, reflect much, and say nothing
superfluous. Let doubt of guilt be acquitted; and presumption of innocence
be solid proof. " That is the noblest recompense of human virtue!" Do thou
strive so to live and act, to obey and govern, and thou, too, mayest live
in the good opinion of men, after thou art dead, and thine influences may
make thee, too, a king over the minds of men.
I was Minos, the lawgiver of Crete. I taught the Cretans that the laws which
I enacted were dictated by Zeus, the Father; for all true and righteous laws,
and all human justice, are but developments of that eternal and infinite
justice, that is of the essence of the Deity . He who assumes to judge his
brethren clothes himself with the prerogative of God. " Woe unto thee," if,
being thyself vicious or criminal, thou dost assume to judge others; and
still more, if thou givest corrupt judgment; for then will thy memory be
execrated, and in all time it shall be the bitterest reproach to an unjust
judge to call him by thy name.
I was Zoroaster, whose words became law to the Persians. I said he is the
best servant of God, whose heart is upright, who is liberal, with due regard
to what is just to all men; who turns not his eyes toward riches, and whose
heart wishes well to everything that lives. He alone is just who is charitable,
and merciful in his judgments; and he alone is wise who thinks well, and
not evil, of other men. Satisfy thine own conscience, and fear neither the
outrages of fortune nor the injuries of enemies. Crime is not to be measured
by the issue of events, but by the bad intentions of the doer. Study, therefore,
the dominion of thyself, and quiet thine own commotions, and hold it the
noblest ovation to triumph over thy passions.
I was Moses, the leader and lawgiver of the Israelites. I was initiated into
the mysteries and wisdom of Ancient Egypt; and that wisdom dictated the statutes
by which Israel was governed. Thou shalt take no gift; for the gift blindeth
the wise and perverteth the words of the righteous. Ye shall do no
unrighteousness in judgment. Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor,
nor honour the person of the mighty. Ye shall hear the small as well as the
great. Ye shall not fear the face of man; for judgment is of God.
Sen.: Couns.: Thou hast heard the words of the great sages, lawgivers, and
philosophers of antiquity. Behold! the monogram of the greatest lawgiver
that has ever come among men, and listen reverentially to his teachings.
If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father
forgive your trespasses. But if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you. With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.
And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. If thy
brother trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and
him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. Judge not
according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. If thy brother
trespass against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him; and if
he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn
again to thee, saying, I repent," thou shalt forgive him. Blessed are the
merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
You have heard the lessons of immortal wisdom, once uttered by mortal lips
that have long since mouldered into dust. Through those lips God spake unto
men; for of him alone cometh all wisdom.
M.: P.: Pres.: I invest you with the white collar and jewel of this
degree; see that the purity of the former and the lustre of the latter be
never sullied or dimmed by injustice, inhumanity, or impurity.