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Table of Contents Cryptic Masons Vision Statement ..... My Thanks to You ..... Grand Council Calendar ..... Grand Sessions ..... Mark Master Degree ..... Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation ..... Scholarships ..... Humor ..... Cryptic History ..... Contact Information ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ......... Grand Recorder ............................................. Editor ............. ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers ..... Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers ..... Error! Bookmark not defined. Order of the Temple - San Bernardino Commandery Orders - Sacramento Sessions Forms Comptche Outdoor - Comptche Mother's Day Brunch - Modesto Resolutions

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Cryptic Masons Vision Statement Cryptic Masons of California will be the preeminent York Rite Body in the nation, comprised of active and passionate companions recognized by all. As Cryptic Masons, we support the research dedicated to eliminate heart disease and diabetes. Cryptic Masons of California will progress to new heights through teamwork and the exemplification of the teachings of our Masonic Values.

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My Thanks to You Companions, This is my last message to you as Illustrious Grand Master. I'd like to thank each of you for making this a wonderful year. We drove over 13,000 miles this year and each trip was filled with great events and fun times with our members and their families. I could have not done this job without the unwavering support of my wife Donna. I wish I could personally thank each of you who have contributed to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation. Your commitment will help to advance the search for cures to many common diseases that affect so many of our loved ones. I'd especially like to thank Illustrious Paul Erickson for his commitment. Paul donated a lot of his time to make beautiful wood pen and pencil sets which he sold with the proceeds going to CMMRF. To my officers, Committeemen, Assistant Directors of Ritual and Inspectors, I hope you have enjoyed your year. Thank you for all the time and miles you have given to Cryptic Masonry in California. The Sword and Trowel circulation has been improving each year. Our editor Right Illustrious Richard Thornton is to be thanked and commended for his efforts. I look forward to seeing many of you in Bakersfield later this month. Warmest Fraternal Regards, Brett MacDonald Illustrious Grand Master

Grand Council Calendar GRAND COUNCIL CALENDAR 2015-2016 Sunday – May 22-25, 2016 – Doubletree Bakersfield Grand Sessions 5-22-16 Sunday Grand Banquet 5-23-16 Monday Grand Family Banquet 5-24-16 Tuesday Grand Council

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Grand Sessions Companions, May is upon us and it is an exciting time to be a York Rite Mason. Grand Sessions is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to being in Bakersfield. If this is your first time, you will see how we conduct business, meet and make new friends and have some fun. If you are a long time attendee you already know all the ins-and-outs of our sessions. Next year we will be celebrating 300 years of Masons uniting into one Grand Lodge. We now need to remember our past and work even harder to spread the message of Masonry and stress unity among all Masons in the York Rite to increase our numbers with more good men. Look to your local Blue Lodges this year and promote our Rite. Help Lodges with their prospect nights and host a York Rite Night at a Lodge. We are four bodies and we need to promote this all the time especially for the upcoming anniversary. May is also special for our ladies. Mother’s Day on May 8th is their day which we need to honor them for all they do for their families. When I was in DeMolay as a young man, I was taught that the first jewel adorning the Crown of Youth represents Filial Love. All men should learn what DeMolays are taught “that most important is to honor womanhood especially motherhood”. In the Flower Talk is a small part that always stays with me and I now close with these lines. “Were I to draw you a picture of love Divine, it would not be that of A stately angel With a form that is full of grace, But a tired and toil-worn mother With a grave and tender face” Happy Mother’s Day, May God Bless You All, Fraternally, William E. Price KYCH Deputy Grand Master

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Mark Master Degree

California Chapter No. 1 hosted the Mark Master Degree on Thursday April 28th at Phoenix Lodge 144 in San Francisco. Five Master Masons from the lodge received the Mark Master Degree including the Master and Junior Warden of the lodge. The degree team was made up of some of the best York Rite Mason ritualist in the state. The degree was conferred with “mastery� and was a great first impression of York Rite Masonry. We hope this will be a good example to other chapters not to wait for Blue Lodge Masons to come to us but we go to them! By Mark Harris Past High Priest, California Chapter No. 1

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Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Our Charity (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation) can really use your support with Dollars. Please send all donations to me, so that I may process the proper receipts and mail all donations to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation in Nashville, Indiana. Please take a few minutes and think about our charity. Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, MIPGM Chairman, CMMRF (California) 345 Otono Court Camarillo, CA 93012-6822

Scholarships Companions, your children, grandchildren, & for some, great-grandchildren may receive financial help for attending school. After opening up Scholarship Center website, have them go to bottom of page & find the Scholarship Manual in (PDF format – 450KB) to download. There they will find instructions for filling out the forms. This is the link which will take you to the public Grand Lodge web page on scholarships. All the information you need should be right there. This is a complete manual that you can download that talk about all of the scholarships available from the California Masonic Foundation as well as the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, High Twelve, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, & Rainbow for Girls.

Humor A Mason is on a Business Trip. One day he comes to a small village, somewhere in the north of England. Our Brother is curious to know whether there is a Masonic Lodge or not, so he takes a walk through the village and after some time he finds a path called "Mason's Road". Thinking that the path might lead to the Masonic Temple, he follows it. At the end of the pathway he sees a building, which looks somewhat rotten and seems to have been out of use for quite a while. Our Brother tries to open the door and, surprisingly, it is not locked. He goes inside and finds dust and spider webs everywhere. In front a door there sits a skeleton, wearing an apron, a collar and holding a sword in its hand. "O my God", thinks our Brother and enters the Lodge room. In puzzlement, he sees skeletons with collars and aprons everywhere. The W.M., the Wardens, the Organist, Deacons - all skeletons. He looks around and goes to the seats of the Secretary and Treasurer. Under the hand of the Treasurer he finds a small piece of paper, a little note, which he seems to have passed to the Secretary. So our Brother picks up the note, blows away the dust and reads: "If nobody prompts the W.M., we will sit here forever!"

Cryptic History And King Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow's son, of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to King Solomon and worked all his work. The Circle of Perfection The ceremonies of reception into the degree of Select Master are of a compound nature, because they refer to two entirely distinct events. The earliest monitorial instruction that was given to the public on the subject of this degree, states that it rationally accounts for the concealment and preservation of those essentials of the craft which were brought to light at the erection of the second temple, and which lay concealed from the Masonic eye for four hundred and seventy years. The Sword & Trowel

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inculcation of this doctrine—the imparting of this knowledge—undoubtedly constitutes the important object of the degree. It is because of its thus rationally accounting for the concealment and preservation of these fundamental mysteries of Freemasonry, filling up a hiatus between the Master's and the Royal Arch degrees, that the initiates into the Select Master's degree are said to have "passed the circle of perfection." The idea of comparing the progress of Masonic science to a circle, with whomsoever it originated, is a good one. The true signification of the phrase may be readily illustrated.  Let us, then, suppose that the science of Freemasonry, or, in more definite words, the science of Masonic symbolism, is represented by a circle.  This circle will be divided into three portions or arcs:  One arc will be occupied by the degrees of the Lodge, or Ancient Craft Masonry;  another by the degrees of the Chapter, or Royal Arch Masonry; and  the third by the degrees of the Council, or Cryptic Masonry.  Now, if a neophyte begins at any point of the circle, and passes over one-third of its circumference, he will arrive at the Master's degree, and will then discover that, so far, the consummation of his Masonic labor is to know only that for which he has been striving has been LOST, and, instead of the key to all Masonic science, he receives only a substitute for truth.  Dissatisfied with this, let him, in his further search, proceed through another arc, or third of the circumference of the Masonic circle, and he will arrive at the Royal Arch degree. Here, in this second arc, that key which had been LOST in the first arc is FOUND. But the circle has not yet been completed. It is true that the neophyte now knows that the lost has been found. He is perhaps even put in possession of the sacred treasure. But the process by which the restoration was accomplished is still unknown to him, and all the events of Masonic mythical history which form the links between the loss and the recovery, and all the sublime symbolism which is connected with these events, are withheld from him. He knows what he has obtained, but he knows not why nor how he obtained it.  To acquire this knowledge he passes through the remaining arc and, by arriving at the degree of Select Master, consummates and perfects his knowledge of the representative symbol of Divine Truth, and thus passes the circle of perfection in Masonic science. But the same early monitorial instruction informs us that in this degree is exemplified an instance of justice and mercy by our ancient patron, toward one of the Craft who was led to disobey his commands by an over-zealous attachment for the institution. The event here referred to, however striking may be its dramatic effect, is really totally unconnected with the true symbolism of the degree. It is merely an interesting episode, which was introduced into the body of the Masonic epic by some ingenious but modern ritualist. So little is it really connected with the mythical symbolism of the degree, that it might actually be dismissed from the ceremonies of initiation without in the slightest manner affecting the great design of the degree, or in any way impairing the completeness of that circle of perfection to which we have just alluded. The science of the degree, as connected with the loss and the recovery of the truth, would not be at all impaired by its removal from the ritual. But it has been so long retained as a part of the ceremonial observance that it could not at this late day be dispensed with, and it must therefore remain, like a superfluous stone in the edifice, which adds no strength to the building; a ceremony in Masonry without a symbolism, or at most only intended to exemplify the union and the practice of the two virtues, mercy and justice.

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The Nine Arches Of all the superstitious notions which prevailed among the ancient philosophers, there was none more prevalent than that which attributed a mystical meaning and a divine virtue to numbers. Nor did the idea die with antiquity. It was a favorite theory of many of the Christian Fathers, and even as late as the sixteenth century we find Cornelius Agrippa "asserting that" there lies wonderful efficacy and virtue in numbers, as well for good as for evil." The doctrine was especially taught in the school of Pythagoras, and afterwards by the Cabbalists, whence it has evidently descended to Free Masonry, of whose symbolical science it constitutes an interesting portion. But the numeral symbolism of Masonry very materially differs from that of the Pythagoreans as well as the Cabbalists. With the Masons, odd numbers alone are considered mystical, which was according to the ancient doctrine, where it was taught that odd numbers were pleasing to the gods. Hence three, five, seven, and nine, are deemed Masonic numbers. Three is the foundation of the Masonic symbolism of numbers, because it is the first odd number after unity, and it is particularly applicable to the lower degrees. When we ascend to the higher grades, nine comes into play as the square of three, and twenty-seven, which is the cube of three, and lastly eighty-one which is the square of nine. The number nine is the sacred number of the Select degree, which, however, also refers to twentyseven, simply because that is the product of nine multiplied by three. Nine was called by the Pythagoreans “teleios�, or the number of completion, and as such it is appropriate to that degree which professes to complete the circle of Masonic science. But the lecture of the Select Master teaches us that the number nine alludes to the nine attributes of the Deity, which are said to be: 1. Beauty. 2. "Wisdom. 3. Power. 4. Eternity. 5. Infinity. 6. Omniscience. 7. Justice. 8. Mercy. 9. Perfection. * ALBERT G. MACKEY, M. D., AUTHOR OF A "LEXICON OF FREEMASON," "MANUAL OF THE LODGE" "BOOK OF THE CHAPTER," "THE RITUALIST," ETC., ETC. NEW YORK: Matnaed, Merrill, & Co., 29, 31, and 33 East Nineteenth Street. 1897.

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Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, Brett MacDonald, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California (626) 991-6688 © Grand Recorder: Ken Hope 11428 East Artesia Blvd, Suite 13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C) Editor: Richard Thornton (209) 747-9518 (C) Website: Grand York Rite of California Note: Hyperlinks or links to other pages or web sites are prevalent throughout the document. Please notice the reference “Sword and Trowel; if you run your mouse over these names you will see “Ctrl + Click to follow link”. These are valid links to York Rite information.

Have you gone to our Grand Council website lately? www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org/ Do you know that there you can find rosters of officers, forms that you need, and a complete copy of the Officers Guide. The Officers guide helps you plan and know what is expected you.

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Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers We are here to assist you. 155th MOST ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER Brett A. MacDonald, KYGCH & Donna Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER William E. Price & Janet California Council No. 2 C.M. GRAND TREASURER Robert A. L. Whitfield, MIPGM & Genie Oakland Council No. 12 C.M. GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL David L. Chesebro, MIPGM & Sarah San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M. GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Mark A. Quinto & Trudy San Diego Council No. 23 C.M. GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL Eduardo Estrada & Natasha Omega Council No. 11 C.M. GRAND SENTINEL Peter G. Champion & Jan San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M.

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GRAND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE WORK Lee P. Whelan & Teresa Riverside Council No. 59 C.M. GRAND RECORDER Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM & Sonny Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M. GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Richard E. Thornton & Cara Stockton Council No. 10 C.M. GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD William S. Dann & Anne Pacific Council No. 37 C.M. GRAND STEWARD Robert A. Morrison & Pauline Butte Council No. 50 C.M. GRAND ORATOR James M. Sunseri Orange County Council No. 14 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (North) Clive Moss & Betsy Modesto Council No. 61 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (South) Paul A. Clark & Cindy Pomona Council No. 21 C.M.

GRAND SOLOIST K. Mark Harris Oakland Council No. 12 C.M.

GRAND MUSICIAN Roderick E. Betham Marysville Council No. 3 C.M.

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