- Royal Arch
- Provincial Calendar
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
0n Monday 21st November a Joint Convocation was hosted by Tudor Chapter No. 277 at Richard Street, Rochdale. Almost 90 companions witnessed a superb evening. The First Principal EComp Kenneth Greer, opened the chapter in due form and carried out the normal business of the Chapter after which the MEGSupt Sir David Trippier together with a Provincial Deputation were admitted. On entering the Chapter Sir David accepted the First Principal’s chair and received warm salutations. He gave thanks, said how pleased he was to see so many Companions present and introduced the Provincial Deputation.
EComp Len Hayes APGP thanked the Most Excellent for attending, briefly referred to the Presentation arranged for the evening and introduced the Rochdale District RADO EComp Aubrey Oldham who explained that 13 Companions would each give a short presentation to shed light on some things taken for granted in the Royal Arch. The questions posed and answered in presentation were:-
1 WHERE DO WE MEET?
2 WHY ARE WE NOT BROTHERS?
3 WHY WITH THE LEFT HAND?
4 THE MURDERER WHO SPOKE TO GOD
5 THE GRAND SANHEDRIN and THE NUMBER 72
6 THE CAMP OF THE ISRAELITES
7 WHAT WAS LOST and FOUND?
8 THE SOJOURNERS STORY
9 THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
10 WHO WAS KING SOLOMON?
11 WHO WAS JEHOAKIN?
12 WHO WAS HAGGAI?
13 THE WISE BODYGUARD
On completion of the presentation Sir David Trippier gave sincere thanks to EComp Oldham and the presentation team, all of whom then received well deserved applause.
EComp Oldham paid tribute to EComp John Cavanagh who had produced and written the script and finally he thanked the Companions of Tudor Chapter for hosting the event.
EComp Kenneth Greer then presented Sir David with a cheque on behalf of Tudor Chapter in the sum of £500 donated to ELMC.
After the Chapter was closed 80 Plus Companions, enjoyed good food and a lively evening of fellowship.
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.