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Entered Apprentice

As an Entered Apprentice takes his first step into the Lodge room, he enters into a New World: the world of Masonry. He leaves the darkness, destitution and helplessness of the world for the light and warmth of this new existence. If a candidate is not to be an Apprentice in name only, he must stand ready to do the work upon his own nature that will make him a different man. To become a Mason is a solemn and serious undertaking. Once the step is taken, it may well change the course of a man's life.

Fellowcraft

In one sense, the Fellowcraft Degree symbolizes the stage of adulthood and responsibility during a man's life on earth. In this stage, his task is to acquire knowledge and apply it to the building of his character and improving the society in which he lives. A Fellowcraft Mason is urged to advance his education in these fields during the ritual of this Degree.

Master Mason

This Degree is the culmination of all that has been taught to the candidate in the two preceding ceremonies. At this point the candidate has symbolically, if not actually, balanced his inner natures and has shaped them into the proper relationship with the higher, more spiritual parts of himself. His physical nature has been purified and developed to a high degree. He has developed stability and a sure footing. His mental faculties have sharpened and his horizons have been expanded.