Confusion in the Craft

As a bit of background recall that, in 2016, the Committee on Education of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma developed thirty-five Lessons on Capitular Masonry, in an effort to foster more opportunities for educational presentations during Chapter meetings. Each of these thirty-five lessons outlines a self-contained educational presentation. The material for these lessons is drawn from two readily available sources:

THE COURSE — The Capitular Masonry Education Course, which was published in 2014 by the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Oklahoma.

THE RITUAL — The Ritual of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Oklahoma, as adopted in 1932, with subsequent amendments.

Every other month we will suggest one of these lessons that a High Priest may use, if he so desires, as an educational presentation in his Chapter meeting.

This month’s suggested lesson for Chapter meetings is “Mark Master Lesson #7,” which is found on p. 13 of the Lessons on Capitular Masonry.

Outline of the Lesson:

(i) Exemplify the excerpt of the Mark Master ritual regarding “Confusion in the Craft” found on p. 27-29 of THE RITUAL.

(ii) Read the section on “Confusion in the Craft” found on pp. 39-41 of THE COURSE.

Discussion Questions:

(i) Answer question 21 on p. 49 of THE COURSE.

(ii) Discuss the several meanings of confusion in the Temple in the Mark Degree.

(iii) Discuss the esoteric meaning of the scripture reference “so the last shall be first, and the first last.” How might this lesson be used to reconcile a long standing problem in Freemasonry regarding Masonic titles, experience, and generational differences?

These questions are only meant to begin the discussion and to hopefully spark further discussion and interest in the chosen topic.