Royal Mark Degree
Why do you wear those colours?
Black and white?
Because I am a Royal Marksman.
How do you mark?
By five and by seven.
Why by five and by seven?
Because five and seven are twelve.
Why by twelve?
Because of the twelve stones that were taken from the bottom of the River Jordan and pitched at the great camp of Gilgal.
Who was the first chosen Royal Marksman?
Because he wore the breastplate of the Lord whereon was engraved the names of the twelve tribes of the Children of Israel.
Where are you from?
Where are you going?
To the Temple.
Why did you leave the Tower to get to the Temple?
Because the Tower was confounded and the Temple was dedicated unto the Lord.
How do you intend to get to the Temple?
By the benefit of a password.
Have you that password?
Will you give it to me?
I will, if you begin.
The- twelve- priests!
How were they arrayed?
In black scarves and white surplices.
Have you a number?
What is your number?
The twelve stones that were set up on the bottom of the River Jordan in the place where the priests feet stood firm.
How far was it from the Tower to the Temple?
Part of a Sabbath day’s journey.
Did you work at the Temple?
Where did you work?
In an outer court.
Where were you paid?
In an inner chamber.
How were you paid?
By being clothed in a black and white apron and advanced amongst the skilled workmen at the Temple.
How was the Temple raised?
Without the sound of axe, hammer, chisel or any other instrument of iron hired thereon.
Why was it thus raised?
So that it might not be polluted.
How was the Temple formed?
Wider above than below.
Why was it thus formed?
Because the heavens are greater than the earth.
What should all Royal Marksmen be possessed of?
Three great things.
What are they?
Faith, hope and truth.
In Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world.
Through Him to be saved.
Truth to all men more especially Royal Marksmen.
Have you the great and grand pass – word of a Royal Marksman?
Will you give it to me?
I did not so obtain it neither will I give it but finding you to be a brother I will word it or divide it with you.
Divide it and begin.
No begin you.
The twelve tribes of the Children of Israel or the Great Arch-Angel.
The emblems worn for this degree are a pile of stones and an arch. The pile of stones represent the twelve stones that where taken from the bottom of the River Jordon and afterwards pitched in the great camp at Gil-gal. The arch represent the porch of King Solomon’s Temple, which required great labour, activity, patience, skill and courage to complete. And as a house built for the worship of God could not be too beautiful. Solomon had the wealth and the wisdom of the world placed at the disposal of his workmen. It had two beautiful pillars of ornamental lillywork named Boaz and Jachim which represents that God will establish us with strength and give us sufficient courage to enable us to complete the work he has given us to do.
The Temple was completed without the sound of axe, hammer, chisel or any other instrument of iron hired thereon. The woodwork was prepared in the forests at Lebanon the stones were dressed and numbered at Joppa so that they fitted in their places in the Temple at Jerusalem in a perfect manner. In beauty and adornment it was a type of that great temple above from which we derive this lesson that we should with unabated earnestness quietly prepare these souls of ours as living stones for that great temple above who’s builder and founder is God.
The Royal Black degrees
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All the Black Degrees
The Royal Black Institution consists of eleven degrees, as follows: –
(1) Royal Black degree – exposed and biblically examined
(2) Royal Scarlet Degree – exposed and biblically examined
(3) Royal Mark degree – exposed and biblically examined
(4) Apron and Royal Blue degree – exposed and biblically examined
(5) Royal White degree – exposed and biblically examined
(6) Royal Green degree – exposed and biblically examined
(7) Gold Crown degree – exposed and biblically examined
(8) Gold Star and Garter degree – exposed and biblically examined
(9) Crimson Arrow degreee – exposed and biblically examined
(10) Gold Link and Chain degree – exposed and biblically examined
(11) Red Cross degree – exposed and biblically examined
The Institution also possesses a final retrospective degree, which is essentially an overview of the 11 degrees that the candidate has traversed.
Red Cross Grand Charge – exposed
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Testimonies from former leading Royal Blackmen Rev. Canon Brian T. Blacoe (former Deputy Grand Chaplain of the Royal Black Institution), Malcolm McClughan (former Royal Black Lecturer) and David Carson (Chairman of the United Protestant Council).
A book for Blackmen to seriously consider by Cecil Andrew of Take Heed Ministries.
For more information read Freemasonry: The Invisible Cult by Jack Harris