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Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
It was a special night at Farnworth Masonic Hall on 30 March 2017, when Euclid Chapter of Installed First Principal’s No. 9468 hosted the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team who wowed all those Companions present with a rarely seen demonstration of the ‘Passing of the Veil’s’ Ceremony. Workings of the Ceremony are restricted by Supreme Grand Chapter and are only allowed to be performed within East Lancashire once a year and then only with the permission of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent.
The presentation re-enacted an ancient ceremony, once performed in many Chapters, which highlights the strong links between what we know as the ‘traditional’ three degrees in Freemasonry with the Holy Royal Arch and the journey of a candidate between the two. It is particularly pertinent to East Lancashire Province as four of the first six Chapters in England to be consecrated were based within East Lancashire and they regularly performed the ceremony in their earlier years.
This event, coming shortly after Provincial Grand Chapter, was strongly supported by many of the newly appointed Acting Officers of the year. Over 80 Companions enjoyed the presentation including the Deputy Grand Superintendent EComp Paul Rose, the Second Provincial Grand Principal EComp Harvey Basger, and the Third Provincial Grand Principal EComp the Rev David Halford.
The night was rounded off by an excellent Festive Board – good food, great humour and enjoyable speeches. A donation to the Royal Arch Presentation Team from Chapter members was gratefully received by EComp John Cavanagh.
Many thanks to Euclid Chapter of Installed First Principals for hosting the event, the ELRAP Team for an excellent ceremony and all the attendees for making the evening so memorable.
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.