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The History and Rituals of America's Most Important Exposure

Edited by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian
Supreme Council, SJ, USA.

Published by the Scottish Rite Research Society, Washington, D.C. - 2008

Hardcover, profusely illustrated, 807pages.
Price, $60
ISBN-10: 0970874952
ISBN-13: 978-0970874955

Available from the publisher:

Scottish Rite Research Society

The Author:

Arturo de Hoyos 33°, is the Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of the Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, and a member of the executive staff at the House of the Temple, in Washington, D.C. He is America's foremost authority on the history and rituals of the Scottish Rite and most other Masonic organizations. His most recent books include: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry (2005) and The Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide (2007). He coauthored, with S. Brent Morris, Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? (2004) and Committed to the Flames (2008), with whom he also co-edited Freemasonry in Context: History; Ritual, Controversy (2004).

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In 1826 William Morgan, of New York, disappeared following his boast that he was about to publish the rituals of Freemasonry.

He was never seen again, and it was soon claimed that he was "murdered by the Masons." This resulted in an intense period of anti-Masonry which lasted until 1842. At the height of this, Rev. David Bernard, an ex-Mason, published "Light on Masonry," which was the largest exposure of Masonic rituals ever published on America soil. The work ran into five editions, the last being the largest and most complete.

This book includes early versions of the rituals of the Blue Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite, and Order of the Holy Cross, as well as anti-Masonic committee reports, and letters from succeeding Masons. Although it was originally intended as a hostile work, its contents help us understand and trace the evolution of Masonic ritual.

This special reprint includes a full photographic reproduction of the fifth edition, plus, a 200-page introduction by Arturo de Hoyos which provides a brief history of Masonic origins, provides examples of the earliest known Masonic rituals, traces the phenomenon of Masonic exposures, explains how and where Rev. Bernard received the rituals he published, and notes all the important changes and additions in each edition. It also reveals that anti-Masons made "infamous interpolations" to the ritual texts in an effort to discredit the fraternity.

Five new appendices complete the work: (1) The "Missing" Scottish Rite Degrees, from authentic contemporary sources; (2) The "Missing Degree" of Avery Allyn`s "Ritual of Freemasonry" (1831); (3) The Engravings from Avery Allyn`s "Ritual of Freemasonry"; (4) The Rituals of "Female Masonry"; (5) A Bibliography of the 1829 editions of "Light on Masonry."

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