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Wooden Tracing Board hand-painted by J. Bowring, 1879
"Tracing Boards are training devices using symbols of the Renaissance classical revival assembled into integrated images. The First Degree Board sets out the general Western physical scheme and shows the place of the human individual within it."
"The Second Degree Board is a symbolic representation of the individual in greater detail. Here Jacob's Ladder had become a winding (spiral) stair leading to the interior of the Temple."
"The lodge as a room or hall is an oblong square, which is a half of a perfect square, and which is inside or outside the lower half of a circle. Each lodge meets in the same room, alike furnished, but the lodge working in the Apprentice degree is styled the Ground Floor, the lodge working the Fellow Craft degree is called the Middle Chamber, and the lodge working the Master degree is called the Sanctum Sanctorum, all in King Solomon's Temple."
After a prayer and a ceremony resembling the first two degrees, the Worshipful Master tells the story of Master Hiram Abiff, said to have been the "principle architect" of Solomon's Temple.
"Wither our Master Hiram Abif had retired to pay his adoration to the Most High, as was his wonton custom, it being the hour of high twelve."
- Masonic Ritual