An Introduction to the Degree of Mark Master Mason
The Mark Degree is the third largest and one of the most popular degrees in Freemasonry containing some 1500 Mark Lodges in the English Constitution with Essex being one of the largest Provinces. Details of Essex Lodges are shown on this site and included in the Essex Masonic Year Book which is also on the Members Only section on this site.
The Order is governed from Mark Masons' Hall, 86 St James's Street, London SW1A 1PL and ruled by the Grand Master, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
The Degree is known as "the friendly degree" and all Master Masons are eligible and encouraged to join.The Degree is slightly less formal than The Craft and there is no doubt that among Mark Master Masons you will ever find friends.
Similarly to Craft Freemasonry, the Mark Degree conveys moral and ethical lessons using a ritualized allegory based around the building of King Solomon's Temple prior to the death of it's principle architect, Hiram Abif.
Initiation into the Mark Degree is termed as “Advancement” and, in a chronological sense, the ceremony follows that of the Fellow Craft Degree.
As it is worked today the Mark ritual actually covers two Degrees – the candidate first being "acknowledged" as a Mark Man and then being “Advanced” as a Mark Master Mason.
The Mark Degree is only one of two Masonic Orders to deal with actual stonemasons working and the Ceremony of Advancement follows the fate of an ambitious Fellow Craft seeking promotion in his trade by demonstrating his skill and ability.
Masonic tradition informs us that, at the building of King Solomon’s Temple, every Mason was provided with a mark peculiar to himself, which he placed upon his work in order to distinguish it from that of his fellows.
By the aid of these marks the Overseers (or Mark Masters) were able to trace any defective work to the workman concerned.
In the early part of the ceremony the candidate’s talents go unrecognised and his hopes are dashed but eventually he triumphs over adversity and is justly rewarded for his work.
The concept of Masons as “living stones” being built into a spiritual house, in parallel with the construction of the temple, is a powerful theme in The Degree.
It is a wonderful ceremony containing elements of drama and humour, and, above all, strong moral lessons.
If you are a Master Mason and interested in joining then please make contact with a local Mark Lodge Secretary (a list of Lodges and venues is on the next tab) or download the form and contact the Provincial Secretary via the contact form below, who will be pleased to arrange for that contact to be made.
An Introduction to the Royal Ark Mariner Degree
The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners is governed by The Grand Master, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and the Grand Master's Royal Ark Council from Mark Mason's Hall, 86 St James Street, London SW1A 1PL
If you are a Mark Master Mason and interested in joining RAM, then please make contact with a local Lodge Secretary or download the form and contact the Provincial Executive via the email button above and right of the banner who will be pleased to arrange for that contact to be made.
- Provincial Executive
- An Introduction to Mark & RAM
- Mark Lodges
- RAM Lodges
- Mark Grand Lodge
- Grand Mark Benevolent Fund
- Essex Provincial Craft Site
- District of Essex Royal and Select Masters (Cryptic Degrees)
- Essex Knights Templar
- South Essex Rose Croix
- District of Essex Allied Degrees
- Red Cross of Constantine, Essex
- Essex Secret Monitor
- Prince Edward Duke of Kent Care Home; Stisted
- Essex Mason Regalia Sales
- Regalia Shop
- Essex Mark visits Spain
- Provincial RAM GR 2018
- Mark Lodge for Scots?
- Report on Provincial Officers Mess
- PGM to "Lose Pounds for Winter"
- PGM Visits Wyven Mark
- Northern Cluster Meeting
- Mark Auction a Success!
- PGM visits Ambresbury Lodge
- Cluster Meeting Attendees
- PGM Visits Tuscan Pillar
- RAM Grand Rank 2017
- Report on 1044, 14th September
- 2017 Provincial Officers Mess
- Investiture of New APGMs
- Charity Auction Update
- Fillebrook Fine Dining Lodge >
- Provincial Grand Lodge 2017
- Talks and papers for Mark & RAM meetings >
- Counselling Careline Available
- Ritual, Procedure & Protocol Updates
- 2017 >
- Provincial Grand Lodge 2016
- Essex Mark visits Spain
- DPGM Visits Mark of True Friendship
- Report on the North Essex Cluster Meeting Oct 2016
- Historic Mark Degree Re-Enactment Team
- Report on the Provincial Mess 2016
- Essex Mark Masons continue to donate to Essex Charity
- RAM Grand Rank 2016
- Essex Mark visits Belgium
- Essex Mark Masons donate to Essex Charity
- PGM attends Crowstone Mark
- PGM's Visit to Ilford St. Mary Mark & RAM
- Provincial Grand Ranks 2016
- Hope for Tomorrow DOES come to Essex
- Grand Ranks 2016
- Provincial RAM Grand Rank 2016
- Changes in Grand Lodge Rulers
- Chelmer Lodge Banner Dedication
- Charity Golf Day 2016 NEW
- Mark & RAM Awareness Evenings UPDATE
- PGM & Officers visit PGL Spain
- W.Bro. J. Emmerick visits Potters Clay
- PGM Visits Boleyn Castle No.998
- PGM Visits St. Nicholas Lodge, Harwich
- Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2015
- Essex Combined Stewards Mark and RAM Lodges; UPDATE
- Report on the 2015 Provincial Officers Mess
- Mark Masons Aid Cumbria Floods UPDATE
- PGM Visits Wayfarers Mark
- PGM Visits Grays Thurrock Mark & RAM
- Historical Mark Degree Demonstration
- North Essex Cluster Meeting 9th October 2015
- PGM's visit to Centurion Lodge No.1804
- Beriffe Lodge Celebrates 90 years
- Facebook Group Created
- Mark Awareness Evening
- PGL Felsted 2015
- PGM's visit to Pymmes Park
- Website Store and Sales
- New Grand Secretary
- The Grand Secretary Announces Retirement
- Charity Golf Day
- Essex Provincial Mark Benevolent Fund donates £2000 to help childrens playground
- Mark Benevolent Fund Donates to Local Scouts
- EIMM continues to support men's health
- 50 years for W. Bro. Clive Dunnico
- Donation to Leigh on Sea Scouting Group
- Presentation to Upminster Riding for the Disabled
- Death of W.Bro. John Mear With Funeral Details
- Consecration of the Mark of Love and Remembrance Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1718 >
- Members Area