Welcome to the Provincial Grand Chapter
of Yorkshire North & East Ridings

There is an indissoluble link between Craft Freemasonry and the Royal Arch.

Together they constitute ‘pure Antient Masonry’, which consists of three degrees and no more, the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft and the Master Mason, including the Supreme order of the Holy Royal Arch; the completion of Craft masonry.

It is the essential next step in Freemasonry for all Master Masons; the final part of the four-stage journey from Initiation to Exaltation. Whereby the Craft provides us with a set of eminently practical rules by which we can live our lives. However, man has an essential spiritual side to his nature and the Royal Arch provides that spiritual dimension.

There are generally only about half the meetings of a Craft Lodge and the joining fees are considerably less. Once in, you will enjoy the company of the many fellow-brethren who have already become Royal Arch Masons. They can be easily recognised by the distinctive and colourful jewel they wear in Lodge; the only non-Craft jewel permitted.

Every Craft Lodge has a nominated representative, who is there to offer advice and answer any questions regarding Chapter Masonry.

Ultimately, the Craft and the Royal Arch conjointly take us through an absorbing journey of self- knowledge and self-discovery; the completion of ‘pure ancient masonry’. We welcome those who have not yet made that final step and join a Royal Arch Chapter, to do so as soon as

It is an interesting, colourful and enjoyable order, centred upon a single Exaltation ceremony.

One which recounts the story of the Hebrew exiles return to Jerusalem from their Babylonish captivity, so as to do their part in the rebuilding of a ruined city and temple devastated by war and left neglected and desolate for over 70 years. It focuses upon the exploits of just three of the many who returned.
Like Craft Masonry, the Royal Arch is open to men of all faiths, and a Craft Mason may join any Royal Arch Chapter once he has been a Master Mason for a month.

Royal Arch Tracing Board

Royal Arch Tracing Boards by John Harris c,1862 Courtesy of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry

What is Royal Arch Masonry

The Royal Arch is the continuation of Craft Freemasonry.
Its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters under a Grand Chapter. Chapters are ruled over by three Principals, who rule conjointly, and the Grand Chapter is ruled over by three Grand Principals, with a Pro First Grand Principal when the First Grand Principal is a Royal Prince.

 

Chapters at home are grouped as a Metropolitan area or Provinces (based on the old Counties) and Chapters overseas 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.

 

In England the Royal Arch has four ceremonies: the exaltation ceremony to bring in new members and an installation ceremony for each of the three Principals. The exaltation ceremony is in two parts: a rather dramatic presentation of the principles of the Order followed by three Lectures in which the history, symbolism and principles of the Royal Arch are further explained. Like Craft Freemasonry, the Royal Arch is open to men of all faiths.

 

The allegory of the exaltation ceremony is based on the Old Testament telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity to rebuild the city and temple. In clearing the ground of the original temple for the foundations of the second temple, the candidate 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 candidate to a consideration of the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him, whatever his religion might be.

 

In England, the Royal Arch is considered to be the completion of “pure ancient Masonry”. In the Craft the candidate is presented with a series of eminently practical principles and tenets which if he practises them he may hope to live a life pleasing to his 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.

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