During the ritual of the 19th Degree of the Scottish Rite the candidate swears an oath of secrecy and an oath of total obedience. The Master of the Lodge is called “Thrice-Puissant.” It is worth noting, this word “Puissant” means mighty or powerful. The Master of the Lodge takes upon himself a designation that seems to apply to God – namely thrice-mighty or powerful.
One of the most astonishing titles given to a Mason is given to the leader of the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; it is “Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander.” – ‘Most mighty and powerful Sovereign Grand Commander’. The Lieutenant Grand Commander is addressed officially as “Puissant Grand Commander.”
In the Grand Commanderies of the States the officers are addressed as “Eminent,” “Right Eminent” and “Very Eminent.” The Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar enjoys even more prestige; he is reverentially known as “Most Eminent.”
The Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, addresses all Imperial officers as “Imperial Sir”; Temples of the Shrine address the Potentate as “Illustrious Potentate.” The name Potentate comes from the Latin potens which means powerful. It refers to one that has supreme power.
I – am – that – I – am
In the Royal Arch degree of Freemasonry the lecturer asks, “Are you a Royal Arch Mason?” to which he replies, “I – am – that – I – am.” But this is a name and response that belongs exclusively to God! No one else is entitled to use it of themselves. In thus using this hallowed name, Masons usurp the One to whom it truly belongs, and defile the merit and meaning of these immortal words. God alone is the great “I Am.”
This answer was given by God to Moses when he inquired after the Divine name. God answered, ‘I AM THAT I AM’.
Exodus 3:13-14, where Moses asks God, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God’s response, saying, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” This was the inimitable name by which God wanted to be revealed to the children of Israel. In stating this God was telling Moses that He is the great I Am the matchless. He is asserting that there is “none beside me.”
Grand Captain of the Host
The Grand Lodge of Royal Arch Masonry elevates it members to the office of “Grand Captain of the Host”. This title is quite extraordinary. this name is found in Joshua 5:13-14: “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?”
Masonry confers the following religious titles on its member:
Worthy High Priest
Grand High Priest
Most Excellent Grand High Priest
Most Excellent General Grand High Priest
Freemasonry bestows the following titles:
Super Excellent Master
Most Excellent Master
Most Worshipful Master
Most Illustrious Grand Master
Most Eminent Grand Master
Most Worshipful Sovereign Grand Master.
Other ostentatious titles
Freemasonry employs other ostentatious offices like Most Excellent Prince, Most Excellent Scribe and Most Excellent King.
Other titles include Most Worshipful Prince, Grand King and Grand Scribe.
Other exalted titles include:
Sovereign Grand Commander
Venerable Lieutenant Grand Commander
Grand Secretary General
Sovereign Grand Inspector General