How to join Maryhill Royal Arch Chapter 296.

 

Becoming a member of a Royal Arch Chapter is to continue on that journey in ancient freemasonry starting when you join a craft lodge and become a master mason. We aim not only to attract masons to join a chapter such as ours to complete this journey, but also to convince non masons that we are not insular or inward looking, but part and parcel of the whole fabric of the region we live and work in. Active in a social sense with our neighbours, active in our charitable works and proud of any contribution we can make in the community generally whilst enjoying ourselves in the work we are happily committed to. We therefore extend a welcome to masons who are not already companions of the royal arch to read on.

Candidates for admission into Maryhill Royal Arch Chapter must be Master Masons of the full age of 21 years and be able to prove (if required) that they are in good standing in a Craft Lodge under a Constitution recognised by Grand Lodge of Scotland. Chances are that by the time you have done your first three degrees you will have heard of the Royal Arch, so you will probably have a pretty good idea with whom to speak. You might be approached by a Brother who thinks you are ready, but if you're keen enough you are allowed to ask.

The format for membership is the same as that of the Craft Lodge...

  • Completing an application form.
  • Having you petition read in open Chapter.
  • In some cases a Enquiry meeting might be held.
  • Being balloted ...and lastly in most cases being sent a letter inviting you to atend.

I will state it here, but I'm sure it goes without saying that one strict requirement is the belief in a Supreme Being, once again just like the Blue this is not necessarily the Christian God, just a simple belief in a Higher Being or Deity. It is also worth keeping in mind that Companions of all R.A. degrees are required to maintain qualified (fully paid up) Lodge membership, even should your Mother Lodge become dormant you are expected to affiliate to another Lodge in order to maintain your qualificaion, the exception to this rule being life members. Affiliation from Dormant Chapters requires clearances from P.G.R.A.C. who may in some instances have to go to SGC.

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