Here is a long file that contains the version told to 33d degree Freemasons. From Old Cahier of the 33d Degree, by Albert Pike, first Sovereign Grand
Commander of The Supreme Council Of The 33d Degree.
Read the part at the end about the entry of a 33d Degree into a lodge. Those boys need to have a long talk with the coach. IMHO
Pages 14-15 The Knights Templar
Explanation of the Degree
Hear, my dear Brother the object of Masonry, its establishment, and on what it is based.
1st.- The Degree Or Apprentice the first in Masonry represents to us the establishment of those
Illustrious Knights who reigned over the earth before and after the coming of Jesus Christ, under
the distinctive title, at first of Sage of Israel; and afterwards of Canon of the Holy Sepulchre. The
mode in which we were prepared, when for the first time introduced into a Lodge, represents to
us those Knights, who were long withhout coats, that they might he distinguished from others.
The heart and left arm naked, signify that they were ever ready to sacrifice themselves for the
faith of Jesus Christ. The knee uncovered denoted their submissiveness to the Grand Master, and
to the laws of the Order. The left foot slippered signifies that they abandoned everything, to war
against the enemies of our Holy religion. The eyes bandaged denotes that they closed their eyes
to every thing that could corrupt them/ That they were deprived of all metals indicates that they
regarded riches as the symbol of vice; or, that their Order was not founded by gold or silver, but
by valour and virtue; wherefore they had neither land nor income. The Temple of Solomon,
represented us as one of the most magnificent buildings of any age, is a symbol of the Beauty and
Splendour of the Order. The signs, words and grips denote the scrupulous care which they took,
not to receive among them unworthy men, not to he confounded with worthless, impious and
barbarous persons; and to recognize one another during the wars they had to wage against the
enemies of their faith. They vowed never to change their religion, to which the oath aludes,
which you were caused to take during your reception. No one was admitted into this Respectable
Order, unless he were noble and a gentleman, nor until after careful investigation as to his life
and morals, and the result thereof declared by three several ballots. When one was thus
determined to be admissible he was a Novice during three years, in the second order five Years;
and at the end of seven years he was received and acknowledged Grand Knight of the Order, and
invested with its dignities. That is shadowed forth by the three journeys, the tests, and he
numbers 3..,5..,7.. You entered the degree of Fellow-Craft clothed except the neck, and slippered
which signifies that our brethren have always been so, while multiplying under Emanuel
Philibert, they twice changed their name-first taking that of 'Knights of St. John', and afterwards
that of 'Hospitallers'. That Prince directed that they should wear the red Cross; which is
represented by the change of dress in the Apprentice's degree. That of Fellow-Craft also refers to
the evidences of friendship which they received from the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The seven steps that we ascend show that the Knights trod under face the seven capital sins, to
gain admission into this Respecyable Order.
The Blazing Star, wherein is the initial of the name of Deity, in Hebrew (yod), signifies that
they never lost sight of the Divine light which lighted them; and that every Mason should do as
It was impossible that our Order so excellent should not experience trouble. At the time when
the Archbishop of Tye gave them the name of Knights Templars, they were already very
numerous, and had received from Princes and the Patriarchs considerable donations to furnish
them a support. While they were warring for religion, a Monster was found among them, whom
the Grand Master sentenced to perpetual imprisonment on account of his evil courses. This
person, regarded an the first assassin of Hiram had a fellow prisoner, a Florentine named
Noffodei. He is represented by the "Unknown," the second Elu. This monster of a Knight
divulged to Noffodei the secrets of the Templars, and maliciously accused them of all sorts of
abominable practices. They agreed together to denounce them to the King hoping by that means
to obtain their freedom and even great rewards. And in effect, the King, advised thereof caused
them to be interrogated and thought it proper that the calumnies and falsehoods of these wretches
should be inquired into. He wrote to the Pope upon the subject, and investigations made, and
caused a great number of Knights to be arrested and imprisoned. The most cruel tortures were
used, to compel them to confess the crimes with which they were charged. Firm in their
innocence they bore with courage these tortures, but their firmness could not relieve them of the
hatrd and greed of the King who caused all the possessions of the Order to he confiscated for his
benefit. The Pope even consented thereto. Soon after followed the sentence of death of the Grand
Master, condemned by the Council appointed by the King and Pope. He was burned alive,
protesting his innocence in the midst of the flames, in the presence of a very great number of the
Knights. His death was the annihilation of the Order. Behold, my Brother, the true explanation of
the Master's Degree.
The Respectable Master Hiram, assassinated in the Temple, is the Grand Master of the
Templars, who perished when at the head of the most brilliant of Orders. The three assassins are
the King, the Pope, and the imprisoned Knight. Our order represents the sorrow that we ought to
feel for the loss of so great a man, whose tomb you here see. The cypher is formed of the two
initials of his real name. This blazing urn upon it represents the sacrifice of his body, offered up
by the Grand Master, and the fire represents the purity of his inoccence. All the accessories that
you see around the tomb, are symbols of the virtues of an order too unworthily destroyed. The
Angel, holding in one hand a crown and in the other a palm-branch. represents to us the glory and
immortality of the Grand Master whose ashes were reverentially gathered up by some most
worthy Brethren. The Sun and Moon which you see obscured are the image of entire nature
suffering from the destruction of so excellent an Order. After these events, my Bro.., many
Knights of the Temple were dispersed in all parts of the world. and established themselves as
SIGNS AND WORDS.
The sign is given by gripping the heart with the right hand; which means that our hearts should
always be incorruptible, then by gripping the right knee, to show that we should submit to
everything that is required of us for the good of the Order.
The word is ADONAI the first word of the cry of the Grand Master in the midst of the flames;
when he summoned the King and Pope to appear before the Tribunal of God, before the
expiration of the year,to do him justice.
The password is MANEHEM meaning "Vengeance."
You are now about to hear the true history of Masonry and the prosecutor of those unfortunate
HISTORY OF THE DEGREE.
Five kinds of religious persons pguarded the Holy Land professing aims for the defense of
religion, and to facilitate the devotion of the Pilgrims, whom they maintained while journeying
therein. The first of these were called Knights of the First Sepulcher. They were the first who
wore the red Cross over the breast. Their head was James the Just, brother of the first patriarch of
Jerusalem. The Prince Philibert-Emanuel of Savoy was appointed their first Grand Master. He
assumed the double red Cross; and having selected a great number of Nobles and Valiant
Knights, he gave them the simple Cross as a mark of Knighthood. the colour of this ornament
was selected in order an perpetuate the memory of the blood shed by our Saviour, and to
announce that all the Knights were ready to shed theirs, and to sacrifice themselves for the faith
and the Catholic Religion. These Knights afterwards took the name of Canons, then that of
Knights of St. John, and finally that of Hospitallers. The latter were the predecessors of the
Templars who received that name from the Archbishop of Tye. Between the hands of that Prelate
they vowed to live wise and chaste as regular Canons, without coveting the wealth of others, and
to fight for the Holy Religion- First among them were Hugues de Paganis and Godefroi de St.
Omer. They had neither Church nor House. King Baldwin II gave them, for a time, a house near
the Temple, at the South gat:e and granted them unconditionally a place near the Palace. wherein
to hold their Lodge and perform their duties. As they had no property, the King, the Patriarch,
Bishops, Princes and All the powerful Lords assigned them large revenues for their support.
For the remission of their sins the Patriarch and Bishops gave it them in charge to guard the
entrance into the Holy Land, for the safety of the Pilgrims, and to drive away the robbers, that the
Pilgrims might not he pillaged. For a long time they had no other then a secular habit. An
Assembly was held, in which presided the Patriarch the Archbishop of Sens, that of Rheims, and
their Suffragans, the Abbe of Coteau and Clerveaux. Than it was ordered that they should
observe a rule, and wear a regulur habit. Pope Honorius II and Stephen, Patriarch of Jerusalem,
fixed upon a dress of white, and when the Holy See was established at Rome, Pope Eugenius
directed them to place a red Cross on their mantle.
The Knights had inferior Brethren, who were called 'Servants'. The Order increased
prodigiously. They had immense estates as well in Syria as in Europe.
All the Christian Princes enriched them with a portion of their domains. so that they came to
rival the greatest Monarchs in power and wealth. The name of 'Templar' was given them from
their first dwelling near the Temple. The Order recognizing the Patriarch at its head, had sworn
to him fidelity and submission, awd punctually paid him tribute.
It is alleged that pride and wealth soon caused the Knights to forget the duty and submission
which duty owed their benefactor; that they refused to pay tithes, and became so powerful as to
claim that it was enough for them to recognise the Pope and the King of Jerusalem as their
Princes; and that they afterwards took advantage of the too great authority granted them, to abuse
the goodness of the King and other Sovereigns. It is alleged that they became haughty, refusing to
submit to any one, full of avarice and pride, and addicted to carnal pleasures; that they leagued
with the enemies of the Faith, made known to them their secrets, and sold them Christians, when
St Lois was in Egypt, which is said to have been proven by lettes sent by them to the Infidels, and
intercepted; whereby were ocassioned long and extremely bloody wars. It is send that they went
so far in vice as to set at nought their vow, and they carried their cruelty so far that the crimes
committed by them we unequalled; that after their outrageous conduct was discovered, they were
expelled from Syria, by means of proceedings taken against them by the Sultan Capergue; that
upon leaving that coontry, they carried with them inestimable wealth, and sent to Sicily under
Roger their Grand Master. Afterwards they want in Thrace, where it is alleged they also
committed all sorts of cruelties and crimes. They were accused of having pillaged the City of
Thessalonica, the Morea, the Hellespont; of having also taken the City of Athens, then under the
government of Robert of Bremes, a relative of the deceased King of Jerusalem, whom, not
respecting his blood, rank, or authority they put in death, and put in his place one of themselves.
a Florentine, named Bergier. It is also said that they continued their outrages everywhere,
ravaging Macedonia, and committing frightful crimes wherever they passed; that they demanded
immense ransoms and afterwards repaired. each by himself, to their Commanderies, there to
deposit their booty and me wealth which they had acquired.
But envy went still greater lengths against this respectable Order, causing its destruction and the
spoliation of all the wealth which it possessed.
In the year 1310, under the Ponfificate of Pope Clement V, who before had been Archbishop of
Bordeaux, and under the reign, in France, of Philip le Bel, they were falsely accused of every
thing that we have just repeated; and you are now to learn the result.
A Prior of Montfaucon of Toulouse, named Squire de Florian, whose bad conduct bad caused
him to be confined by the Grand Master to perpetual imprisonment at Paris, having a
fellow-prisoner a Florentine named Noffodei, one of to worst men in the world, plotted with him,
for the purpose of obtaining freedom and a large reward, to denounce those religious Knights to
the King, as stained with every crime;declaring that if the King would institute proceedings
against them, great sums of money could the had. The officers to whom they made these
declarations reported them to the King, who ordered that they should bc interrogated. They
deposed to what they had agreed upon; and the King, desirous of the destruction of the Tempiars,
enraged at such a tale of horror, forced the Pope to coincide in his views for the destructim of the
Order, alleging that the Knights were banded together for the purpose of committing all
imaginable crimes, and that some of them had so confessed. The pope allowed himself to be
gained over, and ordered that an investigation should be had, as to their lives and morals, and that
they should he imprisoned, add their property sequestered. and placed in the hand of the King.
They began by arresting the Grand Master, whom the Pope had, by certain pretexts, inveigled
into France; and afterwards the Chief Princes or Dignitaries of the Order, and sixty Knights.
Informations were exhibited against them, and they were accused as follows:
1st-That when they received a Knight. he was placed in solitude in a dark Chamber, where he
was made to deny God, to trample on the Cross to break it, and to spit on the Christ or the
2nd-That they adored a hideous idol, having for eyes two glittering precious stones.
3rd-That they took a child newly born, offspring of a young girl and a Knight of the Temple, had
it roasted. and with the fat that ran from it anointed their idol.
4th-Tbat they had caused the death of Christians, and betrayed them in battle.
5th-Thrat they had sold and laid waste a large part of the Holy Land.
6th-That they bad contributed to the capture of Saint Louis in Egypt
7th-Tbat they had sold Christians to the foes of our religion; with whom they had an
understanding, and signs and secrets in common.
8th-That they had supplied our enemies with moneys.
9th-Tbat they had committed the crime of sodomy.
10th-That when one of the Brethren died, they caused him to be burned, and collected the ashes,
which they put in wine, and made the novices drink it, to make their oaths more binding upon
1th- That they were forbidden to officiate at the baptism of any child, as they were to go near a
woman in child-birth.
The heads of accusation being heard, they were put to torture, but not the slightest admission of
anything whereof they were accused could be wrung from them. Calling on God, the Virgin Mary
and the Saints to attest their innocence, they prefered to die rather them confess themselves
guilty; always calling on the Almighty to witness that they were unjustly put to death.
The Grand Master was taken from Poitiers to Paris, and put in prison. Many promises were made
him and the other Knights~ assuring them that their lives should be spared, if they would confess
to the crimes with which they were charged. The Grand Master rejected all these offers, and
swore that neither he nor his Knights were guilty, that they had never followed any other religion
than the Catholic faith, and that they would die patiently, seeing that their deaths were esolved on
by the King and Pope; and that they would pray God to have mercy on their souls.
The Council having assembled, 400 Prelates being present, it pronounced sentence of death on
the Grand Master, condemning him to be burned alive.
When the sentence was executed, Jacques de Molai protested his innocence anew, before the
assembled people, protested before God the wrong done to his Order, and summoned Pope
Clement V to appear before God's Tribunal within forty days, and King Philip within a year. The
Pope in fact died exactly forty days after the execution, at little Roquemende on the Rhone, near
Avignon, in the Diocese of Nismes; and the King survived him only about eight months; one
dying on the 20th of April, and the other on the 29th of November; as if both had obeyed the
summons of the Grand Master; which seemed to prove that those noble Knights died innocent.
In 1311 a Council was assembled at Vienne, whither there repaired three hundred Cardinals,
Archbishops, Bishops, Prelates, Abbes and Doctors. The King of France attended in person, with
his son and brother. The King Of Arragon sent two Ambassadors. It was in this Council, in 1312,
that the Order was abated, and the question was discussed, what should be done with the great
number of cities and Commanderies of which it was possessed.
Knights were executed in Germany and other places; but the execution of the Grand Master
Jacques De Molai took place on the 18th of March 1314, in a little town on the Seine, where was
afterwards placed the Equestrian Statue of Henri IV.
Thus it was, my Dear Brethren, that all these brave Knights met their end. Some escaped, and
made choice of many noble Knights, worthy to be associated with them, with whom they
lamented the loss of their brethren, and agreed to do all in their power to re-enter into possession
of the property taken from them, a great portion whereof had been given to the Knights of St.
John of Jerusalem, who afterwards became Knights of Rhodes, and are now Knights of Malta.
Following the example of our Founders, let us beware of admitting into our Order brethren
evidently of that favour.
GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF MASONRY UP TO THE LAST OR 33D DEGREE, OF
SOVEREIGN PRINCE: INSPECTOR GENERAL, 33D DEGREE.
Though this degree may seem to be a Knight Elect of the Temple, the sequel will show that it is
absolutely the last of all, since it is called "The Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33d
Degree." Beginning with it, and going downwards, first comes the Royal Secret, 32d Degree;
after that the Grand Inquisitor, 31st Degree; and Knight Kadosh, which is the 30th; and so on
down to the first. All the degrees which we here name, four in number, are the avant-couriers one
of the other. that is to say, from the 30th to the 33d, which is the last of all, and is styled THE
KNIGHT OF THE TEMPLE. This degree enables us to know the true point of Masonry, as well
by means of its Regulations as by its Secret Constitutions, which no Inspector General can
communicate, except to another Inspector General, like himself, according to the engagement
which he has contracted, and which is to be found in his Register, signed by his own hand. A
Commander or Lieutenant Commander alone has the right to take cognizance of the Secret
Constitutions for the purpose of supervising the measures taken in the different Lodges,
Chapters, Councils, Consistories or Senate, to the end of making report thereof to the Consistory
of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, who are the founders thereof.
The Lieutenant Commander, or the Deputy of the Grand Inspector General is to make report of
all quarterly meetings of the Princes of the Royal Secret.
According to the Grand General Regulations of the Order, a Sovereign Deputy Grand Inspector
General has complete power over Masonry; for he holds this power from none other than the
Sov.-. Princes of the Royal Secret, and from the Sovereign Commander, through a deliberative
assembly. Besides, this degree is the last of all, and the only absolute one; whence comes the tide
of its assemblies, which are called "Senates of the Sovereign Inspectors General;" and everything
which he does is sanctioned by all the Princes Masons of the Royal Secret, by the Lieutenant and
the Grand Commander. This degree of Deputy Grand Inspector General is known to but few
Masons, because it must be possessed in order for its sublimity to be appreciated; and because
whoever is in possession of it, is bound to take such precautions as that it shall never be known
by Masons of the Inferior Degrees, any more than the Secret Constitutions which he has in his
Powers of a 3d Degree Mason
A Sovereign Grand Inspector General has the power of making and creating, on land or at sea.
Masons, Lodges, Colleges, Councils, Chapters, Sovereign Grand Councils, Consistory and
Senate, as he shall deem fit and proper, conformably to the Secret Constitutions which prescribe
the limits of his powers. He may also make Masons, up to and including the last degree but one;
but of his own degree he can make but one in each year, and but one Lieutenant Commander in
every six months. To make a Grand Commander, he must be in a place three thousand leagues
from a Consistory or Senate, and there must be no Masons there of his own degree; if there be
one such, they will jointly commission the Grand Commander, and the commission will be valid:
for the office of lieutenant Commander and that of Commander are but pure and simple charges,
to watch over what passes in the absence of the Knight of the Temple, or of the Deputy Grand
Inspector General, 33d degree, as being himself alone the Supreme Chief of Masonry.
ENTRANCE OF A GRAND INSPECTOR GENERAL INTO THE SENATE
A Grand Inspector, whether he presents himself in a Lodge, College, Council, etc., etc., etc., etc.,
enters wearing his hat, his sword in his right hand, his left hand on his hip; advances with a slow
step to the altar-, there salutes the Brethren or Princes, as the case may be. The Master offers him
his mallet, whispering in his car CEDIT; to which he replies MANETO. Then he gives one rap,
and directs that the work proceed. The Master places him on his right; and thereafter the Grand
Inspector General is not required to join in any ceremony; but remains seated and covered, if he
thinks proper, and if he be desirous to confer any degrees on any of the Brethren, he does so in
the Lodge, without the consent of any one; and, if it suits him to do so, he requests the Master
and the Bros.-. Senior and Junior Wardens to retire. They must do so, and if they object, he will
show them his powers to convince them.