The Three Degrees
As is often the case in Freemasonry, the ceremonies of the order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan are based on a Biblical story, in this instance on the remarkable friendship which existed between David and Jonathan as can be found in the Bible in the Book of Samuel.
There are three distinct degree Ceremonies:
SECRET MONITOR – FIRST DEGREE
During the Induction Ceremony the story unfolds recalling the Friendship that developed between David and Jonathan and the wonderful lessons to be learnt In friendship, support and fidelity.
PRINCE – SECOND DEGREE
Admission into an Assembly of Princes is also derived from the Book of Samuel and recalls how Saul sought to destroy David and relates the interesting legend of the methods contrived to foil the pursuits of the jealous King.
SUPREME RULER – THIRD DEGREE
This last degree concerns the Installation to the headship of a Conclave and surrounds David’s Kingship. Within the ritual of this degree there is a ceremony of Commissioning, which confers rank and status throughout the Order worldwide and a certificate is issued to confirm the Officer is Commissioned, both of which are unique in Freemasonry.