|The Thirty-third Degree is conferred by the Supreme Council upon members
of the Rite in recognition of outstanding service to the Rite, or, in public
life, to the principles taught in the Degrees. The 33*cannot be asked for
and if asked for must be refused. At its bi-ennial session the Supreme
Council elects members of the Rite to receive the Degree. These 33* Masons
are Inspectors General Honorary and honorary members of the Supreme Council.
The active members of the Supreme Council are chosen from among them.