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the third degree

Putting someone through the third degree has entered the English language as an expression for an ordeal or trial.

During the third degree the free or accepted mason is raised from the darkness of ignorance and isolation into the light of truth and fellowship. This recognises the progress made in the improvement of the mind with the seven liberal arts and sciences, and the capacity to constructively focus emotional energy. Our personal happiness and the well being of society depend on the balanced use of intellect and motivation to the glory of God and the well being of all people.

The story of Hiram Abif reminds the master mason that progress in freemasonry cannot be achieved by force. Education, self control, and a heart dedicated to the glory of God and the welfare of humanity are the distinguising characteristics of a master mason.

During the third degree, master masons are encouraged to lift their eyes to that bright morning star, whose rising brings peace and salvation to the faithful and obedient of the human race.

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star
Revelation 22:16

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