Royal Arch FAQs

Royal Arch FAQs

As soon as you receive your Grand Lodge Certificate, if your personal circumstances allow it

No, it is just as natural as an Initiate being passed to the 2nd Degree. Simply ask your Lodge Royal Arch Representative.

Once you have applied, it is rare to wait longer than a year.

Yes, just the same as with other degrees.

Just the one, the second part of the 3rd Degree.

It is about the same as the first part of the 3rd Degree that you have undertaken already, but it is up to you if you want to take part. The Ritual is shared among many participants, so nobody has too much to do at once.

It used to be, but when the union of the two Original Grand Lodges occurred in 1813, it was decided that the Holy Royal Arch was of such a profound nature and that so much of the layout of a lodge room needed to be changed before the ceremony could take place, that it would be better to confer this Supreme Degree separately.

The layout of a Chapter room is very different but some things and officers are the same. The Volume of the Sacred Law lies open, as do the Square and Compasses. The is a Secretary (called a Scribe E), Treasurer, Director of Ceremonies, Almoner and Charity Steward, but most of the other titles such as; Worshipful Master, Wardens, Deacons Inner Guard have gone.

The members are called Companion rather than Brother. The word Companion comes from the Latin, meaning one with whom you share bread. This term implies an even stronger bond of brotherhood and is highly prized by the members.

Convocation is the term Royal Arch Chapters use for their meetings. It has a similar meaning.

Three times per year is usual, one of the convocations is the Installation convocation and the other two are for Exaltation (the Royal Arch word for Initiation).

Yes. It can either be new or used and is available for purchase from the online shop, other retailers or from the Provincial Office. You will need a Royal Arch Companion’s apron, sash and breast jewel.

You don’t need a new tie in Province of Bedfordshire, as the Craft tie is also the Royal Arch tie – look for the red in your tie, that represents the Royal Arch. There is an official tie for the Order, but at this stage, you do not need it.

You will not need new gloves; gloves are very rarely worn in Royal Arch Chapters.

They will be proudly wearing their Royal Arch Jewel, close to the centre line of the body. Those with a white ribbon are companions, those with a red ribbon are the same as Masters or Past Masters and those with three colours, blue, purple and red, are Provincial or Grand Officers.

Just as not all are Past Masters, they either have not achieved that distinction yet, their personal circumstances do not allow it or they do not wish to progress in the journey of freemasonry, for now.

He does, but as the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Bedfordshire (the equivalent of the Provincial Grand Master) he wears his special jewel on a collarette.

As at your Initiation, it is best if you know as little as possible so the impact of what will happen is not diminished. The ceremony is very different from anything you will have experienced before. It is dramatic, colourful and carries a profound message.

Yes to both. The Festive Board is similar in many respects as the ones you are used to, though the speeches are fewer and shorter and often the meal is just two or three courses. You will be asked to make a very brief speech at the Festive Board but your Proposer and Seconder will give you help with that.

We would never put you under any pressure to join but it is surely the same as to how you now view good men who are not freemasons. You know how wonderful it is, why would you not want a friend to join? You are our brother, as such, we want you to share with us the wonder of The Royal Arch.