Royal Arch Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Royal Arch Masons?
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 Companion.

No Rite of Freemasonry covers the world so much as does Royal Arch Masonry. In many countries on the earth 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 do Royal Arch Masons believe in?
All Royal Arch Masons believe in one God and in respect for each other.

What are the qualifications to become a Royal Arch Mason?
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 principles of the Royal Arch.

Anyone seeking Membership in the Royal Arch must sign a Petition, stating his age, occupation and place of residence. Members of the Chapter vote by ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.

What has attracted so many Brethren to seek further light in Royal Arch Masonry?
The Royal Arch Degrees was considered most important in the early years of Freemasonry and so dogmatic was the Mother Grand Lodge – from which all Speculative Masonry derives – that in 1813, when the two Grand Lodges in England united, a firm and solemn landmark was adopted and placed in the Articles of Union to guide Masons throughout the world forever on this matter:

“Pure Ancient Freemasonry consists of but three degrees, that of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.”

What Degrees are conferred in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons?
The Chapter of Royal Arch Masonry consists of four Degrees; Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.