Rite 33nd Degree
beautiful Oval Tray was hand-hammered in aluminum by the Wendell August Forge
Co. for the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, 33rd Degree for
their annual meeting held in Detroit, Michigan in 1973.
bears the crowned double-headed eagle with the 33rd degree breastplate and
carries the sword and banner with the motto "Dues Meumque Jus".
Latin, meaning God and my right. It
is a Latin translation of the royal arms of England, which is the French
expression Dieu et mon droit, and concerning which we have the
following tradition: Richard Coeur de Leon, besieging Gisors, in
Normandy, in 1198, gave, as a parole or watch-word, Dieu et mon droit, because
Philip Augustus, King of France, had, without right, taken that city,
which then belonged to England. Richard, having been victorious
with that righteous parole, hence adopted it as his motto; and it was
afterward marshaled in the arms of England.