Ocala Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Masons
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Ocala Chapter No. 13 Royal Arch Masons

Welcome to the Ocala Chapter webpage. We invite sojourning Royal Arch Masons to join us for Capitular fellowship. Our Stated Convocations are on the 2nd Wednesday of the following months: January, March, May, September and November. We meet at Belleview Lodge located at 5811 Baseline Road, Belleview, Florida. Election of Chapter Officers are on the 2nd Wednesday of December.

2011 Ocala Chapter Officers

Excellent Wayne Baker                 High Priest
        Companion Dana Oldendurg       King
        Exc. Wayne Sessa                        Scribe
        Exc. Larry D. Duff                          Treasurer
        Rt. Exc. C. Alan Walls                   Secretary
        Comp.                                             Captain of the Host
        Comp.                                             Principal Sojourner
        Exc. James Hughey                      Chaplain       
        Rt. Exc. David A. Aponte              Royal Arch Captain
        Comp.                                             Master of the 3rd Veil
        Comp. David A. Smith                  Master of the 2nd Veil
        Exc. Steve Mitchell                        Master of the 1st Veil
        Comp.                                            Sentinel

Ocala Chapter Charity -  Royal Arch Research Assistance (RARA)

Ocala Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Masons sponsor and support the
Royal Arch Research Assistance. It is dedicated in helping children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders. With the contributions of Royal Arch Masons, supports the Kids Able Foundation, a non-profit organization, which helps in the understand and treatment of  individuals with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). CAPD is a condition wher a person has difficulty in processing or interpreting auditory information when in less than optimal listening environment. For more information click
here. If you wish to donate to R.A.R.A., please remit your donation to:  Ocala York Rite Bodies  P. O. Box 292 Lecanto, FL 34460-0292

Capitular Degrees

The work on the Temple continues. Amplifying the Fellowcraft Degree, we are taught that knowledge we received there can be employed most usefully and judiciously for our honor and the profit of others. A beautiful lesson is exemplified, inculcating the truth that although we are often misunderstood, underrated and traduced, there is ONE who will make the rejected stone the head of the corner.

This Degree begins the preparation for the Royal Arch, which we are told was removed from the Symbolic Degrees, of which it was once a part, to reserve it for the more earnest seeker of more Light in Masonry. Originally only Past Masters of Lodges were admitted to the sublime secrets of the Royal Arch. This meant that very few could receive them. The Degree of Past Master (virtual) teaches the candidate that he must first learn to obey before he can rule, and to govern himself before he can govern others.

This is a significant Degree in Ancient Craft Masonry. King Solomon's Temple, which was begun so auspiciously and halted so dramatically in the Third Degree, is completed amid much rejoicing and great splendor. The labors of the Craft are given the blessing of the Lord, who descended as fire from heaven. King Solomon, in his gratitude, received and acknowledged them Most Excellent Masters, empowered them to travel and receive Master's Wages, and charged them with the responsibility of sharing their Masonic Light and Knowledge with those less informed.

In this Degree we find the completion to the Master's Degree and the Recovery of the Word. After the death of King Solomon, his magnificent Temple was destroyed and the Israelites carried away as captives to Babylon, where they lived for about 76 years. Here, many acquired considerable wealth and attained high rank and influence in the Chaldean government. However, when liberated by King Cyrus, many of them returned to Jerusalem and began rebuilding the Temple. While this work was going on and rubbish of the ruins of the first Temple was being cleared away, many interesting and valuable discoveries were made, chief of which was the recovery of the Lost Word. With the recovery of that which was lost, it would seem to the novitiate that his search for Light was ended. However in order that he might better acquire the lessons, a seemingly inverse movement of the Degrees, historically, is setup.

This is a "chair" degree which is conferred on present or past High Priests, usually during the time of the state Grand Chapter meeting. It tells the story of Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and his encounter with Melchizedek, High Priest of Salem. The High Priest is then solemnly anointed, consecrated and set apart to the Holy Order of High Priesthood.

Do you have the True Secret Word of a Master Mason?

Are you willing to become that future generation mentioned in the Master Mason degree to receive the True Word?

Do you want to know and enhance your Masonic knowledge and education?

Be the Future Generation described in the Master Mason degeree.

Complete your Master Mason degree.

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