What is Royal Arch Freemasonry?
The Holy Royal Arch (Chapter) is the very climax of pure Ancient Freemasonry. When you were Initiated into Freemasonry, you received a copy of the Book of Constitutions which contains a section called "The Royal Arch Regulations" (black edging). This signifies the very close affinity that exists between the Craft and Royal Arch Orders.
When you were raised to the Third Degree, you were told that, by the untimely death of our Master, the Genuine Secrets of a Master Mason. were lost, and you were informed in the Traditional History about the Substituted Secrets that are used to designate a Master Mason. until time or circumstances would restore the genuine ones. The Royal Arch Exaltation Ceremony (the R.A. equivalent to your Initiation) reveals those Genuine Secrets to you.
The Royal Arch should not be regarded as an 'optional extra' but the means by which every Master Mason. completes his pure Ancient Masonic knowledge and experience.
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What Happens At Chapter Meetings?
Why Does The Royal Arch Complete the Teachings Of The Craft?
The Exaltation Ceremony follows on from the Master Mason's Degree by recovering that which was lost as a consequence of the death of our Master. It has, however, a far deeper meaning. In the symbolic sense, the three Craft Degrees correspond to our passage from darkness to light, our progress from ignorance to knowledge and understanding of morality and loss, with the promise of recovery.
How Much Does It Cost?
Subscriptions vary from Chapter to Chapter, but as they meet only three or four times a year, they are usually more modest than those in Craft Masonry, with an exaltation fee to pay on admission and regalia to buy as in the Craft.
Which Chapter Should I Join?
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