THE MASONIC MANUAL
A pocket Companion for the Initiated
Compiled and arranged by
Revised Edition 1867
THIS degree is intimately connected with
Royal Arch Masonry; and cannot be conferred upon any one who has not
received the Royal Arch degree. It is short, but contains much valuable
information, and enables us to comprehend those mysteries which are
essentially necessary to a correct understanding of Royal Arch Masonry.
The following passages of Scripture are
appropriate to this degree:
And Solomon made all the vessels that
pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of
gold, whereupon the shewbread was; and the candlesticks of pure gold; five
on the right side and five on the left, before the oracle; with the
flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold; and the bowls, and the
snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold;
and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most
holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple. So
Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king Solomon for the
house of the LORD. - 1 KINGS vii. 48. 50. 40.* * * * * *
"And behold, I come quickly; and my reward
is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are
they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. - REV. xxii.
The officers, their titles and stations in a Council of Royal Masters are
Most Illustrious Grand Master, as S., K of I in the East; Right
Illustrious Grand Master, H. K. of T., on the right of the M. I. M. G.;
illustrious Conductor of the Work, (Adoniram, as Rep. of H. A.,) in the
West; Master of the Exchequer, as Treasurer, at the foot of the throne on
the right; Recorder, at the foot of the throne, on the left; Conductor of
the Council, near the South; Captain of the Guards, in the West, on the
right; Sentinel, at the Door.
And he set the cherubims within the inner
house; and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the
wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub
touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst
of the house. - I KINGS vi. 27.
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The Ark, called the glory of Israel, which
was seated in the middle of the holy place, under the wings of the
cherubim, was a small chest or coffer, three feet nine inches long, two
feet three inches wide, and three feet three inches high. It was made of
wood, excepting only the mercy-seat, but overlaid with gold both inside
and out. It had a ledge of gold surrounding it at the top, into which the
cover, called the mercy-seat, was let in. The mercy-scat was of solid
gold, the thickness of an hand's breadth; at the two ends were the two
cherubim, looking inward towards each other, with their wings expanded,
which, embracing the whole circumference of the mercy-seat, they met on
each side, in the middle; all of the Rabbins say it was made out of the
same mass, without any soldering of parts.
Here the Shekinah, or Divine
Presence rested, and was visible in the appearance of a cloud over it.
From hence the Bathkoll issued, and gave answers when GOD was consulted.
And hence it is, that GOD is said, in the Scripture, to dwell between the
cherubim; that is, between the cherubim on the mercy-seat, because there
was the seat or throne of the visible appearance of his glory among them.