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Royal Arch Masonry

The Royal Arch is considered to be the completion of Craft Masonry and Master Masons can join a Royal Arch Chapter four weeks after completing their 3rd Degree.

For more information on joining the Royal Arch, contact the Lodge Secretary


The Royal Arch is the continuation of Craft Freemasonry. Its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters which are ruled over by three Principals, who rule conjointly.

The Royal Arch has four ceremonies: the exaltation ceremony to bring in new members and an installation ceremony for each of the three Principals. The exaltation ceremony is in two parts: a rather dramatic presentation of the principles of the Order followed by three Lectures in which the history, symbolism and principles of the Royal Arch are further explained. Like Craft Freemasonry, the Royal Arch is open to men of all faiths.

In England, the Royal Arch is considered to be the completion of "pure ancient Masonry". The allegory of the exaltation ceremony is based on the Old Testament telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity to rebuild the city and temple. In clearing the ground of the original temple for the foundations of the second temple, the candidate makes a number of discoveries which lead the candidate to a consideration of the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him, whatever his religion might be.


The Provincial Grand Chapter of Hertfordshire

The first meeting of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Hertfordshire took place on 26th November 1830 although meetings thereafter were sporadic. Since 28th October 1875, and the Installation of Thomas Frederick Halsey MP as Grand Superintendent, the Province has had a continuous existence.

Today the Province has 78 Chapters meeting across 11 Masonic venues.

Visit the website of The Provincial Grand Chapter of Hertfordshire

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