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Friday, May 4th, 2018
The Investiture meeting of Supreme Grand Chapter is the pinnacle of the Royal Arch Year.
The meeting commenced at 1100 on Thursday 26thApril 2018. A large contingent of East Lancashire Companions were staying at the Tavistock Hotel and had spent the evening before either in local restaurants or at the Festive meal for UGLE. Everyone had arrived back at the hotel bar by 10pm where….. well let’s just say a jolly evening was had by all.
So, an early rise on Thursday morning for breakfast to secretly review the state of fellow companions was followed by the most pleasant of wanders down to Freemasons Hall on Queens Street for Supreme Grand Chapter.
Where do I start? Lets start with the hall. It is AMAZING!!!! STUNNING!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And many other words beyond. It was also huge and bustling with junior companions to acting Grand Officers. The splendour of the Grand Temple blended with the colours of the Royal Arch is enough to make the most rigid of jaws drop.
Once seated the anticipation increased as the atmosphere approached boiling point. The Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies informs one and all of what to expect, how to behave and the usual house keeping information. Then the hail is given and the Grand Officers parade in. Pomp and Ceremony at its absolute best. The Grand Superintendents forming columns through which the three Grand Principals process. Supreme Grand Chapter is opened in the manner to which it has been accustomed to for hundreds of years and was just excellent.
The business of the Chapter is conducted with the main item of business being the investitures. The following Companions from the Province of East Lancashire received appointments or promotions;
John RT Cavanagh – PGStB
John AC Porter – PGStB
Brendan F Harte – PGStB
Wesley Marchant – PAGSoj
Once all the business was concluded the Chapter was closed in equal splendour and the companions retired to the Grand Connaught Rooms for the festive board.
All of the East Lancashire companions were seated in the same area. Great food and company were enjoyed by all. It really was just lovely.
My first trip to Supreme Grand Chapter really allows me to tell you all that should the opportunity present itself for you to attend that you really should grab it both hands, hug it tightly and never let it go. It was brilliant.
Report by Leigh Rickett
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.