ROSE CROIX

DISTRICT OF DURHAM

THE JEWELS OF THE INTERMEDIATE DEGREES OF THE
ANCIENT & ACCEPTED RITE.

Article and images by Illtherefore2Bro. John G. Hattersley 31o
(by kind permission of The Museum & Library of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham) 

In the Provincial Museum at Sunderland, in the John George Lambton display case, is a collection of his Rose Croix Jewels from the 4th to the 33º inclusive. These Jewels are mainly French in origin, some of which are depicted below.

THE DEGREE OF PROVOST AND JUDGE

The 7th degree, is the fourth of the ineffable degrees and continues the legend of H.B. who supervised the building of the Temple and had many Craftsmen under his control. His death resulted in King Solomon appointing a number of Provosts and Judges to hear disputes and to pass judgements. The records of which were kept in an Ebony box.

keyThe Jewel of this degree is a golden Key, worn on a red ribbon, the predominant colour of the degree, with which the box could be opened. We should remember that all our words and actions are recorded by the Most High who will reward or punish accordingly on the day of judgement. 

THE DEGREE OF INTENDANT OF THE BUILDING

rtriangle1The 8th degree, is the fifth of the ineffable degrees. The Jewel of the degree is a double sided triangle . After the death of H.A. work on the Temple came to a halt, anxious that the work should continue King Solomon appointed five craftsmen as Intendants of the Building., one for each of the five orders of architecture. The five appointed were, Adoniram as President of the Board of Architects : Gareb a Hebrew, Chief of the workers in Gold and Siver ; Selec or Zelec Chief of the Stone Masons; Satolkin or Stolkin Chief of the Workers in wood; Joabert or Yehu-Aber a Phoenician, Chief of the workers in Bronze.

triangle2The gold Jewel is attached to a large crimson sash, worn from the right shoulder to the left hip, by a green ribbon. The engravings on each side of the Jewel vary from the letters B, A, and J to those on the jewels pictured. The meaning of the words would appear to be ‘Noble or Freeborn’ on one side and on the reverse ‘Our one and only God’.

The lessons to be learned from this degree are Benevolence and Charity, striving to correct our own shortcomings and those of others. Aways remember that when you die, your knowledge dies with you unless prior to death you pass that knowledge on. To the temperate, sober, punctuous and industrious man all labour is honourable.

A special thank you for their assistance is given to W.Bro. T.F.R. Coulson, Chairman of the Provincial Museum and Library and to the Curator E&P Bro. Adam Lamb of the Venerable Bede Chapter.

VISITS TO THE MUSEUM CAN BE ARRANGED BY CONTACTING THE CURATOR VIA THE PROVINCIAL OFFICE.

 

 

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