The Grade of Superintendent is somewhat of an enigma. It is clearly
related to the Grades of Architect and Grand Architect, indeed, it is
the climax of the latter, but was not one of the Grades of the Early
Grand Rite of Scotland. Research into that body has failed to
establish any connection, the IX° of that Rite’s Blue Series was
worked as "Master of the Blue," and pertained to one of the tests of
wisdom between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Neither is it
found under the Rite’s Red, Black, Green, or White Series; where it
would be most inappropriate in any case. Thus we are left with the
frustrating mystery of a Grade which appears to be a ne plus ultra in
the Solomonic architecture. Whatever the case may be, it is a fitting
tribute to the other Grades, and rightly deserves a place in the
Allied Masonic Degrees.
Being of similar character and style as the Grades of Architect and
Grand Architect, it also shares the flaws of those two Grades. The
ritual would take several hours to confer if all signs,
circumbulations, and raps were observed. The properties required are
also more extensive and elaborate. For those Brethren who have the
fortune of witnessing the work, however, it will be appreciated that
the preparations are well worth the results.
The Jewel of the Grade is a Triangle.
The Apron of the Grade is white, edged in purple.
The Sash of the Grade is purple, approximately four inches wide. It is
worn from the right shoulder, resting on the left hip.