Artist Frank M. Hummel
Brother to Brother
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.
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
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.
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
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
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.