Thames Mouth Chapter

No. 6994


Province of Essex - Consecrated 8th May 1954



Text Box: The Fourth Regular Step in Freemasonry

Have you taken your fourth step by joining the Royal Arch? You really should you know!

Copyright of Thames Mouth Chapter 2020

The qualification for joining the Royal Arch is that a Freemason should be a Master Mason of at least four weeks standing, in a Lodge registered under the United Grand Lodge of England. When Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason (Third Degree), you were informed that, due to the untimely death of our Master, Hiram Abith,the secrets of a Master Mason were lost, and that certain substituted secrets were adopted to distinguish all Master Masons until time or circumstances should restore the genuine. Exaltation into the Royal Arch includes an explanation of how those genuine secrets were regained.

Thus, no person should be considered a complete Mason without being Exalted in the Royal Arch.

The following items below will, we hope, assist you to make that important decision to reach the climax of your journey through Pure Ancient Freemasonry. The Royal Arch is the 4th and final step in the Masonic journey from Entered Apprentice to Royal Arch Companion. Companions meet in Chapters under The Supreme Grand Chapter of England.

The Chapters are ruled over conjointly by three Principals, and the Grand Chapter is ruled over by three Grand Principals, with a Pro First Grand Principal when the First Grand Principal is a Royal Prince. In England the Royal Arch

has two ceremonies: the Exaltation ceremony to bring in new members and the Installation ceremony to Install 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 the Mystical knowledge and principles of the Royal Arch are further explained. Like Craft Freemasonry, the Royal Arch is open to men of all faiths.

The allegory of the Exaltation ceremony is based on the Old Testament story of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity in order to rebuild the city and temple. In clearing the ground of the original temple for the foundations of the second temple, the Sojourners (One of which is the Candidate) make a number of discoveries which emphasise the centrality of God to man's life and existence and, without transgressing the bounds of religion, lead the candidate to a consideration of the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him, whatever his religion might be.

How to Join?

As in all other Masonic Orders you will need a Proposer and Seconder who are members of the Chapter in which you seek to be exalted. If your Lodge does not have a Royal Arch Chapter attached , it will probably have an arrangement with a local Chapter. Your Lodge Royal Arch representative will provide you with details and locations of Chapters meeting at different times and days of the week.