You are now a Master Mason and, by reason thereof, a member of the oldest and largest fraternity in the world, an institution whose beginnings are lost in the dim reaches of the past. You achieved this distinction by participating in ceremonies which men have practiced in one form or another, but always with the same idea and purpose, since the childhood of the human race.
Your enjoyment of Freemasonry, its value to you in your future life, your contribution to the fulfillment of its great mission, will be in direct proportion to your understanding of its secrets, which, if you recall the degree through which you have just passed, you do not yet possess and which can only be gained by your own endeavors and the assistance of your brethren. Your own endeavors will depend entirely on your devotion to Freemasonry’s great mission, the bringing to mankind of a full comprehension of the Brotherhood of all men under the Fatherhood of one ever-living God.
Freemasonry has many sides. To the lover of ritual, it is the quintessence of beauty; to the purist, it reveals a great field of jurisprudence in its landmarks, traditions, customs, constitutions and laws; to the research student, it opens up avenues of investigation that would require a lifetime to pursue. The philosopher here discovers a simple yet profound solution of the problem of human relationships, while the historian finds the beginnings of democratic thought and the foundations of democratic political organization. And to every man it presents unlimited opportunities for fine and helpful friendship and encouraging companionship.
Many of the symbols of the Master’s degree have already been explained in the preceeding degrees; others are self-explanatory, yet others are fully explained in Ritual. With these we will not concern ourselves here. But there are others that are not so obvious and are yet tremendously important to an understanding of the secrets of a Master Mason.