In every degree of the Symbolic lodge, we affirm our personal commitment to the search for more Light in Masonry. It is the fundamental object of our Order.

As Master Masons, we should be interested in Masonic advancement; not that we will thereby become better Masons, but that we may have a better understanding and insight into what Masonry teaches and how the whole fabric of the Masonic system working together can facilitate our own betterment as men. After all, to a Mason, self development and personal improvement are two very important goals in life.

It is also a remarkable thing to be numbered among the millions of men from all walks of life, on every continent, and across every culture who have made the mythic journey of Hiram and walked the hero’s path. You stand, as they have stood, for all that is noble, loving, and right about humankind.

But the journey of Craft Masonry does not end with the Master Mason degree. There is a well-traveled and deeply rewarding road still ahead that is rich in experience, wisdom, insight, understanding, and beauty. Thousands of Brothers have also walked this road before, and thousands more will travel it in the future. As a Master Mason, you are now on the threshold of many more beautiful lessons which will add immeasurably to what you have already received; Masonic truths that can literally distinguish you as a better-informed and more thoughtful Mason to your Masonic peers; and to the world.

With personal regard, we invite you across the threshold on the continuing journey of the Mason of the York Rite.

The Enduring Question of the
Third Degree

When you were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, it may have seemed extraordinary that the degree was styled “sublime,” or that what was purported to be the “last and highest grade of ancient craft Masonry” would leave a question of remarkable importance unanswered. It must have seemed bizarre to be promised that you would someday find the Lost Word when there were reportedly no higher degrees in Masonry.

Indeed, it surprises a lot of Masons to learn that what they have received in Craft Masonry is a kind of substitute secret. It is astonishing to the average Mason, believing his work to be complete, to be told that the secrets pertaining to the ceremony will never be given to him! How could this have happened?


The answer rests in one of the oldest landmarks of Masonry. The foundational laws of the fraternity required that every Master Mason receive the Royal Arch degree. It is a degree that has been practiced in the Ancient Grand Lodge from the beginning!

Our Masonic Founders believed the Royal Arch degree to be essential to understanding the Master Mason degree.

The Royal Arch completes the story of ancient, symbolic Masonry. It was even decreed by the United Grand Lodge of England (from which the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma can trace its beginnings) that the required degrees of Masonry are the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, including the Holy Royal Arch.

And this important landmark of Freemasonry has also been adopted by the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma. This means that every Oklahoma Mason is charged by the rules of our Order, at sometime during his Masonic life, to become a Royal Arch Mason!

It is the terminal degree of completion for ancient craft Masonry. It completes the story of Hiram and the building of King Solomon's Temple. Thus, it completes the mythic journey of what is commonly called Blue Lodge Masonry.