The Hidden Hand of the Royal Arch Degree of Freemasonry
“Master of Second Veil: “Three Most Excellent Masters you must have been, or thus far you could not have come; but farther you cannot go without my words, sign, and word of exhortation. My words are Shem, Japhet, and Adoniram; my sign is this: (thrusting his hand in his bosom); it is in imitation of one given by God to Moses, when He commanded him to thrust his hand into his bosom, and, taking it out, it became as leprous as snow. My word of exhortation is explanatory of this sign, and is found in the writings of Moses, viz., fourth chapter of Exodus”:
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow”
The Hidden Hand That Shaped History by Vigilant Citizen:
The Royal Arch Degree (the 13th degree of the Scottish Rite or the 7th degree of the York Rite) is also known as the Mason of the Secret. During this Degree, initiates are said to receive great Masonic truths.
One of the Vatican's well-kept secrets is its hidden relationship with Freemasonry. Many Catholic officials belong to secret Masonic lodges.
According to an old legend, the first 25 degrees of the Scottish Rite (which would, of course, include the Royal Arch Degree) were written at the Jesuit College of Clermont. The official position of Freemasonry is that there was no connection, though some Masons believe otherwise.