Royal and Select Masters - Wyvern District

Excellent Master Degree

Candidates for the Excellent Master Degree must have previously received the Silver Trowel Degree. Recommendations are made directly, in very limited numbers, (two per Year) to the Grand Master of the Order of Royal and Select Masters by the District Grand Master.

Those Companions honoured with the degree in November 2021 were our District Grand Chaplain, Ill.Comp. Bob Rice P.A.G.D.C. and our District Grand Treasurer, Ill.Comp.Mike G. Taylor P.G.Swd.B. in November.

The Excellent Masters Degree is more commonly known as Passing the Veils, and is one of the degrees in Freemasonry that can be placed at a specific time in history.  The Ceremony of Passing the Veils may be considered as emblematical of the wanderings of the Israelites in the Wilderness, and of their return from Babylon to Jerusalem.  The  Decree of Cyrus  for the Jews to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild their Temple was given in 538 B.C., the year after he had taken Babylon and is the setting for the Excellent Master Degree.

Those who have the Degree conferred upon them by the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, as well as those who affiliate, will be presented with a breast jewel. This jewel, which is worn to the left of the Royal and Select Masters jewel, consists of an interlaced five pointed star suspended from a ribbon, striped white, light blue, crimson, purple and white, with a Royal and Select skeletal triangle superimposed and bar at the top with the words “Excellent Master”.