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Sunday, April 28th, 2019
Thirty six East Lancs Royal Arch Masons attended Supreme Grand Chapter on April 25th. They included the MEGS, the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals and all five APGPs.
The Chapter was presided over by the First Grand Principal, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, and was a lavish and beautifully conducted convocation. As you would expect the ritual was excellent.
The chapter room was full to witness the “main event” of the meeting, the appointment and promotion of Grand Officers. We had four companions being honoured in this way: Bill Waite, promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner and Gerry Hodson, Ashley Hayman and Tony Freemont being appointed as Past Grand Standard Bearers.
There were many other appointments/promotions of note, but two that stand out were:
The First Grand Principal reminded us in his address about the importance of promoting the Royal Arch in our Lodges as it allows all masons to complete their entry into Antient Freemasonry.
Of course, no trip to London is complete without an evening of revelry and companionship and all thirty-six of us had a very jolly time. Just listening to the conversation was an advancement in Masonic knowledge.
The whole trip was a great Masonic treat filled with superb spectacle, mutual support, and fun, and one all Royal Arch Masons are encouraged to enjoy at least once.
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.