Who and What we are
Commonly known as “Chapter”, the Royal Arch is the continuation of Craft Masonry, not a degree in its own right, but the completion of the third degree.
As the Book of Constitutions states “pure ancient masonry consists of three degrees & no more, the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch, which is an extension to, but neither superior nor a subordinate part of the Degrees which precede it”.
It is open to Master Masons of all faiths, of over 4 weeks standing; the members are called Companions,and we meet in Chapters, usually 3 time a year.
The Royal Arch is considered the completion of pure Ancient Freemasonry
Our history goes back to the times before the Union of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813.
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The Royal Arch is the culmination of “pure ancient masonry”
The Craft gives its members eminently practical rules by which they can live their lives in service of both God, however they worship him, and the community as a whole.
Man , however, is not simply a practical being but has an essential spiritual aspect to his nature. This is taken up in the Royal Arch, in which the candidate, without trespassing on the bounds of religion, is led to contemplate the nature of God and his personal relationship with him.
The Royal Arch leads the candidate from practical to the spiritual and completes “pure ancient masonry”, a fascinating journey of self-knowledge and self-discovery beginning with the Entered Apprentice degree and culminating in the First Principal’s chair of the Chapter.