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The reason why Master Masons should join "The Royal Arch Chapter"

The Royal Arch Degree is the climax of Ancient Craft Masonry and Masonic Symbolism. It is described as "the root and marrow of Freemasonry". Furthermore it is the key to admission to so many other orders and degrees, in which one could express an interest at some future date

It is the logical progression in pure ancient Freemasonry which comprises both the Craft and the Royal Arch. The lessons in the craft instruct a Freemason to improve his relationship with those whom he may come into contact, and to practice the principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth in his every day life

The Royal Arch focuses the mind on, and clarifies what has gone before thus making it complete and perfect. It is a most beautiful ceremony, colourful, thought provoking and interesting. It focuses on the rebuilding of the Temple, and is a dramatic story, invoking sensations of humility, reliance and dependence on our sublime creator

The Royal Arch follows on from the third degree, seeks and finds that which was lost, and is the only way that a Brother can complete the journey through pure ancient Freemasonry. The beautiful lesson that this degree teaches, places man in the context of eternity. A Brother becomes a complete Mason when he takes the Holy Royal Arch


Members of the Royal Arch are known as "Companions".

The word Companion is said to be derived from two Latin terms, someone with whom you shared your bread, and who could be trusted with your life. Therefore a deep respect and consideration for ones Companions is encouraged, and the phrase "To unite in the grand design of being happy and communicating happiness" has particular significance


A Brother must have been a Master Mason for four weeks and upwards before being admitted in to the Royal Arch

Filter Chapter - Chapter of Emulation No.299

The Chapter, which was formed in June 1991, meets at the Dartford Masonic Centre 3 times year, in January, June (Installation) and September.

The Chapter was formed by members of the Lodge of Emulation No.299 (formed in 1793) and the oldest original Lodge in West Kent.

Further information on joining a forward thinking and active Chapter can be sought from the Scribe E (Secretary) at
or via mob at 07890 365 846


The regalia for the Royal Arch differs from that of the Craft in that the colours move from blue and white in the craft, to red, blue and white in the Royal Arch. A Royal Arch Mason wears an apron, sash and breast jewel, and the breast jewel is worn by members at their Craft meetings.

There is often regalia available in excellent condition second hand, at a much reduced cost.

There are some small changes required to regalia when a Companion becomes a Principal of the Chapter.

Additional information on the Royal Arch can be found at Province of West Kent

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