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Hagerstown Masonic Temple

Masonic Bodies

  Friendship Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M.

  Ithiel Chapter No. 27, R.A.M.

  Palestine Council No. 16, R. & S.M.

  St. Bernard Commandery No. 9, K.T.

  Queen Esther Chapter No. 3, O.E.S.

  Bethel No. 26, Jobs Daughters

  Board of Managers,
  Masonic Temple Association

    Information for Renting the
     Auditorium

    "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Dinner

  Calendar

  Directions to the Masonic Temple

  Links to Other Sites

 

Masonic Information

What's A Mason?


Who Are The Masons?
And What Do They Do?


Famous Masons

To The New Mason's Lady

Brother to Brother

Royal Arch Masonry

Cryptic Masons

Purpose & Activities
of the Knights Templar

 

Masonic Charities

Royal Arch Research Assistance

Cryptic Masons Medical
Research Foundation

Artist Frank M. Hummel

Brother to Brother Program

The cover of the brochure (graphic above) depicts King Solomon and some of the most famous Freemasons of all time: President and Brother George Washington, Brother Benjamin Franklin, Confederate General and Brother Lewis A. Armistead being aided by Union Captain and Brother Henry H. Bingham (as depicted by the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial at Gettysburg), President and Brother Franklin D. Roosevelt, President and Brother Harry S. Truman, U.S. General and Brother Douglas MacArthur, and U.S. Lunar Astronaut and Brother Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin.

WHAT ROYAL ARCH MASONRY IS
Founded in 1789, in Boston, Massachusetts, as a national organization, the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, International now has jurisdiction over half the 7,000 Chapters in the world, including several provinces in Canada, the Grand Chapters of USA, Philippines, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and many chapters in Central and South America. Upon your exaltation as a Royal Arch Mason you will become a member of the oldest and largest rite of Royal Arch Masonry.

WHO ROYAL ARCH MASONS ARE
One of the most fascinating aspects of Royal Arch Masonry has always been how so many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship, and call each other brother.

No rite of Freemasonry covers the world so much as does Royal Arch Masonry. In every country of the earth, on every continent and on many isles of the sea, will be found Royal Arch Chapters, eager and willing to receive their companions from other parts of the world into that full fellowship that characterizes Royal Arch Masonry.

WHAT ROYAL ARCH MASONS BELIEVE IN
All Royal Arch Masons believe in one God and in respect for each other.

WHAT ROYAL ARCH MASONS DO
Royal Arch Masonry contains some simple, plain statements of Truth, easily understandable and helpful in our relation to life. Lodge symbolism deals with lessons of the material side of life. The Chapter degrees, and particularly the royal Arch, deal with the spiritual side of life.

QUALIFICATIONS
Royal Arch Masonry is the logical step for every Master Mason to take. If after becoming a Royal Arch Mason, you desire to continue your studies, you may take the Council Degrees and the Commandery Orders, both of which are illustrative of and carry forward the principals of the Royal Arch.

Any Royal Arch Mason will eagerly propose your name as a candidate for advancement in the mysteries of Freemasonry.

THE ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER
The Royal Arch Chapter meets one evening per month to conduct its regular business and vote upon petitions from membership. It is here where the bonds of friendship and fellowship are strengthened.

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A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ROYAL ARCH DEGREES
The Chapter of Royal Arch Masonry consists of four degrees:

  • THE MARK MASTER DEGREE is highly regarded by students and ritualists as one of the most beautiful degrees in all Masonry.

  • THE PAST MASTER DEGREE, first conferred in 18th century England, makes it possible for all worthy Brethren to receive the Royal Arch degree.

  • THE MOST EXCELLENT MASTER DEGREE is the only degree that brings forcibly to our attention the completion and dedication of King Solomon's Temple--the very idea on which all Masonic symbolism is based.

  • THE ROYAL ARCH DEGREE, described as "the root and marrow of Freemasonry," is where you will discover the greatest treasure of a Mason--the long lost Master's Word.