A degree is a stage or level of membership in the Masons. It is also the ceremony by which you attain the three levels of membership:
• Entered Apprentice
• Master Mason
During the Middle Ages, when a man joined a craft, such as the stonemasons, he was first apprenticed. As he learned the skills of the craft, he became a “Fellow of the Craft.” (What we call a “Journeyman” today.) And finally, he attained the level called “Master of the Craft.” Our degrees teach the great lessons of life-the importance of honor and integrity, of being a person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworthy, of realizing that you have a spiritual nature, the importance of self-control, of knowing how to love and be loved and of knowing how to keep confidences so that others may open up to you without fear. As a candidate, you will attend three meetings to receive the three Masonic Degrees. The Degrees are solemn, enlightening lessons and are an enjoyable experience with absolutely no uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. It is through the Degrees that the principles of Masonry are taught and where you’ll learn that your family and your own necessary vocations are to be considered above Masonry. Once you become a Master Mason, you will be welcomed as a “Brother” in any of the thousands of Masonic Lodges throughout the world. Do you think the Masons of Texas might have something special to offer you? We all have many roles to fill in our lives. We’re husbands, fathers, employees, neighbors and friends. We are all trying our best to be better men. What better way to live a life of service to others while making yourself a better man than in the company of your fellow Masons of Texas?