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Royal and Select Masters Ritual No. 2
They are collectively known as Cryptic Masonry from their relationship to a secret vault. The other three degrees are merely opened and closed to confer that particular degree. The degree of Select Master is held in the vault under the Temple into which the secrets are deposited. It tells of how a well known mason employed by King Solomon intrudes into the vault where the three Grand Masters are meeting and it illustrates the consequence of the intrusion. The Royal Master degree is set just prior to the completion of the first Temple and refers to the completed vessels for the Holy Temple and contains an unforgettable Masonic experience, spoken by a Companion representing Hiram Abif. The Most Excellent Master degree concerns the completion of the first temple and the installation of the Ark of the Covenant. Finally the Super Excellent Master degree deals with the destruction of and the plundering of the valuable artefacts in the Temple by the forces of Nebuchadnezzar and the Jewish nation being taken into captivity to Babylon.
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Thrice Illustrious Master T. Illustrious Deputy Master D. Illustrious Principal Conductor of the Work P. Chaplain 5. Treasurer 6.