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Thursday, October 4th, 2018
The Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent with the Cana Chapter Principals and the Provincial Officers
On Wednesday 26thSeptember 2018 the Principals and Companions of Cana Chapter No 116 welcomed the Deputy Grand Superintendent Excellent Companion Paul Rose, PGSwdB accompanied by the Second Provincial Grand Principal, Excellent Companion Harvey Basger, PAGSoj, the Third Provincial Grand Principal, Excellent Companion the Reverend David Halford, PGStdB, and other senior officers of the Province, including EComp David Dunn, PGStB, the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in the Northern Area.
In a change from the normal protocol at such events, EComp Rose and the other Provincial Officers took their seats in the Chapter from the start in order to see the “distinctive, although not unique” opening ceremony of one of the oldest warranted Chapters in the constitution.
Following the opening, the MEZ, EComp Anthony Hindle, offered the First Principal’s Sceptre to EComp Rose who said whilst it was always a pleasure and a privilege to be offered the Sceptre of any Chapter, he was sure the Chapter would, on this occasion, be better served if he returned it to the First Principal.
EComp Rose was greeted by the Companions in due form and in reply he introduced the Provincial Deputation which included, to those already named, EComp Gerald Hodson, APGP, EComp Paul Bowen, APGP designate, EComp David Bristol, ProvGDC, EComp Andrew Taylor, ProvAGDC, and EComp Jim Smith, ProvGJan.
WBro Michael Berry was then Exalted into Cana Chapter by the MEZ, ably assisted by the Officers of the Chapter.
The Second Provincial Grand Principal, EComp Harvey Basger, said it had been a pleasure to witness such a fine ceremony, offering his congratulations to the three Principals and all who had taken part, and in particular congratulated Comp Berry; he expressed his hope that Comp Berry would enjoy many happy years of Royal Arch Masonry in Cana Chapter.
At the Festive Board more than 30 Companions shared a most enjoyable occasion, enhanced by the excellent response given by Comp Berry to the toast to his health.
I joined Prince Edwin’s Chapter as I was keen to learn about the Royal Arch. I have found the history and tradition of the order absolutely captivating, my exaltation was incredible, so much colour, drama and historical ritual, which has left me feeling utterly privileged to be a part of something very special.
At the age of 28 and just over a month of becoming a master mason, I was exalted into the Royal Arch. That is something I haven’t regretted. Having gone through my craft ceremonies, I felt a piece of the jigsaw was missing, and wanted to complete my final step to becoming a “complete Freemason”.
Chapter has brought with it new experiences, new insights and new Companions, all of which add to our pleasure and enjoyment of Freemasonry.
I planned to pass through the chair before joining Chapter but newly exalted companions from my lodge recommended that I join because it would complete my masonic journey. After 4 years in craft I decided to join chapter and have enjoyed the experience ever since.
Andrew Matvi Korolczuk
As I spent more time in my lodge I was keen to further my Masonic journey. Everyone suggested the Royal Arch to complete the Third Degree. The new appearance of a chapter was a surprise. The story was enlightening and put a new perspective on my Masonic understanding.
Christopher Noel Hegarty
I became a member of the Chapter following in the steps of my brother Warren who died at 39. I really enjoy the diversity between the Craft and Royal Arch the banners, candles, and robes etc,. I would recommend all Brethren to join the Royal Arch.
I decided to expand my Masonic knowledge. By joining a chapter where a number of my lodge brethren were members. My Exaltation was a wonderful experience for me being full of colour. I would recommend the Royal Arch to any Master Mason.