I put only the interesting degrees.
In the 32nd degree the master of the lodge plays the role of Frederick II,
King of Prussia
: you, as a man, have no resources other than physical strength ... subjugated and struggling towards freedom, blinded by
superstition, destitute of knowledge, defenseless and with the chains of despotism around you.
: labor is necessary and holy ... Man percieves that to supply his physical wants, his organs are but the instruments of intellect,
the expanision of which, or knowledge alone, can constitute him a freeman and a king over creation
: our inviolable destiny is death ... and immortality of the soul.
: we should not take the law into our own hands. The interests of society require that the administration of justice be entrusted to
certain number of pure and upright men. Masonry discountenances all acts of violence.
: It does not consist with good society that all should pretend to be in command. Administration of order, or the executive power,
or the judicial power, must be confided to a few of the wisest and most experienced of the citizens.
: laws which are to govern a community must be elaborated, or legislative power exercised, by the most able and honest citizens, and
that to such men only it belongs, to represent the people in the legislative assemblies, there to maintain the rights and freedom of the people.
: by labor alone can we attain happiness. A true Mason will never cease to labor, to make more complete the condition of his
: study is the only way to draw nearer to the Heavenly Father, and practicing true religion, the object of which is to attain a
knowledge of the perfections and unbound munificence of God, and thereby become more perfect by imitating his kindness in our relations with our
: hope and faith in the new Era which dawns, when men will be emancipated from dead forms and ceremonies.
: every religion must eventually crumble to pieces. The Masonry of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, founded on the simple and pure
doctrine of love, toleration and reason, must be eternal, because it is true and a reality.
: illustrates, by example, the truth of the doctrine of accumulation of intellectual wealth by inheritance, for in it are exhibited
... sublime truths ... uttered by all former intellects, whose names, shining in the past, are so many resplendent proofs of the perfectability of
mankind ... in the sublime teachings of the Master from Nazareth. ... The degree is open to men of all creeds, who believe in the fundamental
doctrines of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Masonry. ... if error be combatted, with no other weapons than those of Masonry, the total regeneration
of humanity will come in God's good time.
: we must bridge the abyss that divides us from our brethren ... and win them over to us ... we must ... bring about the reign of
peace, harmony and science.
: those who tread upon and live by the propagation of false creeds, may not defeat our plans for the emancipation of human
: strive earnestly to learn the means necessary ... to raise man to the consciouness of what he is, and will soon become; what he
ought to be.
: you ... need to be ever watchful and always on the alert, to bar the way of entrance against sectarianism.
: after firmly establishing the Ancient and Accepted Rite, we should profoundly study the doctrine of the master from Nazareth.
: teaches how arduous is the task of a true Mason, who endeavors to oppose sectarianism, for the sectarian will always obstinately
maintain his own, narrow and exclusive creed, as the absolute and only truth and ... hold a large portion of mankind in bondage.
: maintain the doctrine of liberty, equality and fraternity, as the only means ... to repel and defeat the encroachments of idle
theorists and kingly and priestly usurpers.
: a sincere and lasting alliance may be effected between the three intellectual classes of men: disciple of natural law and
philosophy; those of the law of Moses and other ancient faiths; and those who follow the doctrine of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, or the law taught
by the Grand Master from Nazareth. However crude, defective or erroneous men's opinions may be, they will always listen to the voice of mercy,
benevolence and affection.
: the noblest reward ... of [the] champion of universal peace and toleration; who has aided the fraternity to overcome and
annihilate all forumlas that stood in his way, will be to enjoy the fruits of his toil, among those who were once divided ...
: the ultimate result of the doctrine ... is that mankind are at last to become one single peaceful family, whose father and head is
the eternal God, infinite in love.
: organize that army of tried and veteran Masons ... and cause these usurpers to tremble, like the Babylonian king, when an awful
hand wrote the word of judgment on the wall of his banquet chamber.
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