and the Provincial Grand Chapter of Middlesex
Chapters under the jurisdiction of Supreme Grand Chapter of England are grouped as Metropolitan area or Provinces, which are based on the old Counties. Overseas Chapters are grouped in Districts. Metropolitan, Provincial and District Grand Chapters are ruled over by a Grand Superintendent who is appointed by the First Grand Principal as his personal representative for the particular area.
The Royal Arch in England has four ceremonies: the exaltation ceremony for new members, and an installation ceremony for each of the three Principals. The exaltation ceremony consists of two parts. The first part is a dramatic representation of the principles of the Order, and the second part consists of three lectures in which the history, symbolism and principles of the Royal Arch are further explained.
The exaltation ceremony is based on an allegory of the Old Testament telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity to rebuild the city and temple, and in clearing the ground of the original temple for the foundations of the second temple, the exaltee makes a number of discoveries which emphasise the centrality of god to man’s life and existence and, without transgressing the bounds of religion, lead the exaltee to a consideration of the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him.
In the Craft the candidate is presented with a series of eminently practical principles and tenets which if he practices them he may hope to live a life pleasing God, however he worships him, and of service to his fellow man. But man is not simply a practical being, he has an essential spiritual aspect to his nature. That spiritual aspect is introduced in the Third Degree, in which the candidate is led to a contemplation of man’s inevitable destiny, and becomes the central message of the Royal Arch. In that sense “pure ancient Masonry” can be seen as a journey of self-knowledge and discovery with the Royal Arch completing the practical lessons of the Craft by a contemplation of man’s spiritual nature, not replacing but reinforcing and supporting what he has learned from his religion.
How many RA Chapters are regularly complaining that: • they are struggling to find candidates for Exaltation? • their numbers are shrinking? • they can’t always fill all the offices for a Convocation? • they don’t have anyone available to step in at short notice to make up the numbers? • they have no ceremonial work to perform? Prince Michael of Kent Chapter 9120 is the Provincial Stewards’ Chapter and it hosts the Chapter Support and Demonstration Team, the sole purpose of which is to provide support to Chapters who are...read more
The Travelling Pedestal Developing an idea successfully operated by the Mark Province of Middlesex for the promotion of inter-Lodge visiting, and with the kind approval of the then Mark Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro Peter Halls-Dickerson, the Middlesex Royal Arch Executive introduced the ‘Travelling Pedestal’; the motivation behind which is to encourage Chapters with weaker membership to visit each other, thus increasing attendances and fostering a new sense of purpose and fellowship between Members of the respective Chapters. In this...read more
PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OF MIDDLESEX ANNUAL CONVOCATION Wednesday, 18th June 2014 British Airways Concorde Club Crane Lodge Road, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9PQ.NOTICE OF MEETING is given of the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter, at which the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Excellent Companion Alastair Mason will appoint and invest his new Provincial Grand Officers. All Present and Past Provincial Grand Officers, Principals and Past Principals (who are subscribing members of Chapters in the Province) are members of Provincial...read more
Principals’ Seminar Saturday 29th March 2014 – Twickenham District Masonic Centre I cordially invite all Principals to this Seminar when we shall discuss some of the aspects of the duties and responsibilities of the three Principals of private Chapters I am delighted to say that E.Comp. Ian Keech, PGStB, a past Third Provincial Grand Principal of the Province of Bedfordshire, will deliver a thought provoking talk. Timetable:- 10.00 a.m. Registration followed by welcome by Chairman 10.30 a.m. Conference Seminar 11.30 a.m. Questions, answers...read more
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Designate, E.Comp. Alastair Mason, PGStB, PProvGSN is pleased to announce the following appointments:- E.Comp. Martyn P. Farrell PAGDC Deputy Grand Superintendent Designate E.Comp. John Culling AGDC Second Provincial Grand Principal Designate E.Comp. Paul J. Huggins PAGDC Third Provincial Grand Principal They will be Invested in their respective Offices at the Annual Provincial Convocation at The Concorde Club on Wednesday 18th June,...read more
Please find attached a letter of thanks from George Francis, Second Grand Principal to the Grand Superintendent for the contribution the Province made to the Royal College of Surgeons Appeal. Download a copy of the letter HERE The total raised was £2.4 million, which equated to an average of £30.40 per Companion, of which the Province donated £65,520.47 which equated to £33.42 per...read more
From E. Comp Jack E Flint PGSwdB – Deputy Grand Superintendent Dear Brother/Companion, I would like to take this opportunity of reminding and inviting you to Middlesex First Principals (Southgate) Chapter No 9240 on Monday 17th February 2014. This educational initiative should be the key element within every Brother’s Masonic journey from ‘Initiation to Exaltation’. Although this is usually delivered within a Craft Lodge you are being offered, this unique opportunity to see this short playlet which will answer and assist you when a...read more
The Pro Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Roger Croome, QPM, has received this letter from Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons expressing his thanks for the way that the Province, as well as others, responded to the 2013 Royal Arch Appeal. “I am so proud of the way in which Middlesex responded to this Appeal. With no exceptions every Chapter in the Province made a contribution, as did many Lodges, resulting in an incredible total of over £65,000. My grateful thanks go to each and everyone of you who...read more
ROYAL ARCH REPRESENTATIVEIn recent weeks Supreme Grand Chapter has produced a comprehensive guidance for Royal Arch representatives in Craft Lodges. It can be found under www.masonicmentoring.org.uk website. The website contains details concerning where to obtain information about the Royal Arch and when would be the most suitable time for a new Mason to join, including all the booklets and leaflets of information. Please draw the attention of these notes to the Royal Arch Representative in your Lodge. Should you wish for additional...read more
The 2013 Exaltees’ Seminar is to be held at the Twickenham and District Masonic Centre, Cole Court, London Road, Twickenham TW1 1HD on Saturday 21st September 2013 at 10am. The purpose of the Seminar is to ensure that recently exalted Companions into the Royal Arch in the Province of Middlesex get the full benefit of completing their third degree by becoming a member of the Royal Arch and introducing them to some of its aspects, the significance of which they might not yet have realised, but above all to give them the opportunity of asking...read more