Membership of the Chapter is open to all Royal Arch Masons, who have held the rank of Provincial Grand Steward and all such Companions are encouraged to join the Chapter. Such appointments are only allocated to those, who have demonstrated outstanding ability. It enables them to further develop their Masonic knowledge and demonstrate their commitment to the Order, prior to their promotion to more senior rank .
In addition, the Chapter is a working unit and seeks to Exalt Brethren who have not completed their Third Degree, but have achieved the rank of Provincial Steward in either the Craft or Mark Degrees. These Companions are encouraged to work their way through the progressive Offices of the Chapter in order to attain the Principal’s Chairs.
All the senior members of the Provincial Executive are either subscribing or honorary members of the Chapter and they all take an active interest in its activities – it is not unusual for convocations to be attended by all three Provincial Principals and the Deputy Grand Superintendent.
The “raison d’etre” of the Chapter is to serve the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent as required; to set an example of ceremonial and ritual excellence; and to enable the Provincial Executive to assess those Companions, who have the potential to become future senior Officers. In addition, the Chapter Lecture Team endeavours to increase the sum of Royal Arch knowledge by visiting other Chapters in order to educate and entertain their members.
The Royal Arch
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 the 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 spritual 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.
Thus the Royal Arch leads the candidate from the 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.The Royal Arch is the culmination of “pure ancient masonry”.
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