On the 10th December 2003 the United Grand Lodge of England acknowledged and pronounced the status of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch to be “an extension to, but neither a superior nor a subordinate part of the degrees which precede it”.
Whilst the Royal Arch is an integral part of Freemasonry and therefore interwoven with the Craft, it is organised as a separate Order distinct from the Craft degrees, the teaching of which it completes.
It has been described as “the root, heart and marrow” of Freemasonry, for it may be said that without the teaching of the Royal Arch, that of the Craft is incomplete. Many Freemasons have found out for themselves that by becoming a member of the order they have gained a much deeper understanding of the three great principles on which the Craft is stated to be founded and have discovered in the companionship of their Chapter a happy and deep relationship with their fellows.
Any Master Mason who is curious about what lies beyond the Craft should progress naturally to the Royal Arch and, as a seeker after knowledge, will be enthusiastically welcomed by its members.
The Royal Arch is organised into Chapters, just as the Craft is organised into Lodges, most Chapters are attached to a Lodge and usually have the same name and number.
Although many Royal Arch Masons belong to a Chapter attached to their Craft Lodge that is not a necessary condition and a member can belong to any Chapter he chooses provided he meets the requirements of being a “Master Mason of four weeks and upwards”, and is acceptable to the members.
If not yet a member of the Royal Arch we urge you to join for we know you will gain much pleasure and great satisfaction from it, as all that are members will testify.
There are 54 Chapters and some 1600 active Royal Arch Masons in Buckinghamshire, so it will not prove difficult for you to find someone who will be only too pleased to answer the questions you may have and to expand further on what we have said here.
For further information contact the Royal Arch representative detailed on your Lodge summons or Contact http://www.
Dr Richard.J.H. Neale Provincial Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Buckinghamshire.
Ray Reed Provincial Grand Master of Buckinghamshire
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