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In the Master Mason degree, the Master's word is lost, and a substitute replaces it.  But that is just the beginning of the story.

The circumstances of how it was lost, although partially portrayed in the Master Mason degree, are fully explained in the Royal Master degree.  In the degree of the Royal Arch, the Master's word is recovered. 

The chivalric orders protray the story of how the second Temple is built following the destruction of Solomon's Temple, one learns the history of the Order of Malta, and has his faith tested while seeking knighthood in the Order of the Temple.