|The Most Excellent Master Degree is the Sixth Degree
in the York Rite and is conferred in the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.
It's historical reference is to the completion and dedication of the
Temple of King Solomon, who is represented by the presiding officer
under the title of Right Worshipful Master.
This degree is peculiarly American, it being practiced in no other
country. It was the invention of Webb, who organized the Capitular
system of Masonry as it exists in America, and extablished the system
of lectures which is the foundation of all subsequent systems taught
This degree depicts the completion of the Temple and the setting of
the Copestone, or Keystone, and the setting of the Ark within the
Vault. Here the candidate witnesses the completion, amid much
rejoicing and great spendor, of the Temple on which the Mason has
symbolically labored in all of the previous degrees in Masonry.
We dedicate this house. We learn from the Holy Scriptures that the
Temple of Solomon was completed and dedicated. The Most Excellent
Master Degree recreates the dedication of that magnificent Temple. The
labors of the Craft are given the blessing of the Lord, who descended
as fire from heaven and consumed the burnt offering, at the
dedication.. King Solomon, in his gratitude, received and acknowled
them Most Excellent Masters, empowered to travel and receive Master's
Wages, and charged them with the responsibility of sharing their
Masonic Light and Knowledge with those less informed.
Symbolically the Degree of Most Excellent Master represents the
building of life and character and the reward which come to him who
faithfully performs this task. Your Industry was rewarded as a Most