Okay, so this is the serious bit. You probably already know that the Book of Constitutions is the ‘rule-book’ for Craft Freemasonry in this country. You might know it is also the rule-book for the Royal Arch, a distinction shared with no other Masonic Orders - this is the first clue that points out the special relationship between The Craft and Royal Arch.
If you have a copy, please turn to page 1, where the Preliminary Declaration states that:
“Pure Antient Masonry consists of three degrees and
no more, viz, those of the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch”.
This is the second clue - pure ancient masonry can be regarded as the very core of Freemasonry and the rule-book specifies that it is made up of the Craft and the Holy Royal Arch together.
Hence, your journey through Pure Antient Masonry involves the first degree, second degree, third degree and the Holy Royal Arch.
If you would like to know more about your next step, please ask the Royal Arch Representative in your Lodge or click one of the buttons below
As well as the apron, we wear a sash from left shoulder to right hip, the significance of which is explained in one of the Royal Arch lectures.
... and a breast jewel, in one of three designs depending on your progress in the Order.
The Royal Arch breast jewel is the only jewel from any other Order, approved by U.G.L.E. for wearing in a Craft Lodge. You will see Companions wearing them proudly to indicate they have taken their fourth regular step in Freemasonry.
The Royal Arch is available to all Master Masons, thirty days after completing their Third Degree.
If you would like to know more, please ask the Royal Arch Representative in your Lodge or click one of the buttons for more information