Prince of Jerusalem
The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry are sometimes referred to as the historical degrees and constitute an allegorical narrative presenting the story of a captive people who “wept beside the rivers of Babylon.” When liberated they were consecrated to the task of building the second temple or rather of rebuilding the original temple of Solomon. The entire pageantry and symbolism of Freemasonry revolves around the construction of the four temples of Jahweh, by a brotherhood dedicated to the erection of a perfect edifice at Jerusalem and later to building a temple in the hearts of men. Contrasted with the hauteur of imperious monarchs is humility of the little group of those born to bondage pleading for the redress of an ancient wrong. The lessons in the fifteenth and Sixteenth Degrees are from these elements of the historical drama which transpired during the reigns of the Great Kings, Cyrus and Darius. The Dispensation for Zerubbabel Council Princes of Jerusalem was granted on July 19, 1909 and the Charter was received from the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., N.M.J. on September 22, 1910.