Welcome to the Dornoch Royal Arch Chapter No 374 Website

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Welcome to the Dornoch Royal Arch Chapter No 374 website. I hope it will be of interest and informative to Master Masons and Royal Arch Companions alike. I am sure that you will find the content useful in your search for Masonic knowledge. The Order of the Royal Arch is the ultimate step in Pure Antient Masonry. It is closely associated with the Craft and is an extension to the preceding degrees in Craft Masonry. The Royal Arch provides an added spiritual dimension to the Craft and at the same time a very special feeling of good Companionship is engendered amongst its members. Those who embrace it will testify to the high level of enjoyment they derive from their membership of this lovely order. By this method of promoting our Order we are endeavouring to provide an insight into the various aspects of the Royal Arch in the Sutherland. As well as providing information to Master Masons I hope the website will enable the Province to keep in close contact with Companions and encourage the two way flow of news and views. Finally, may I say to all Master Masons in Sutherland who are not yet members of the Royal Arch come and join us; it is good fun, very interesting and is there to be enjoyed. You will be made most welcome.

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Royal Arch

"From Initiation to Exaltation"

At your initiation into Freemasonry you were taught the duties you owe to your fellow man and how to conduct your life in society. In the Second Degree you were encouraged to contemplate Morality and Equality. Then, when raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, you were led to contemplate your inevitable destiny. In the Holy Royal Arch the Mason goes on to consider his relationship with his God and to explore the concepts of Eternity and eternal life.For a Freemason to take only the three Craft degrees and not join the Royal Arch means his Masonry might be compared with the experience of the man who goes to the theatre and leaves half way through the final act. Whilst he can say he has been to the theatre he canít tell you how the play ends, the same is true for a Freemason who doesn't join the Royal Arch.

Why Join the Royal Arch

The ceremony in the Holy Royal Arch is colourful, thought provoking and uplifting. It makes good the promise of 'recovery' when what is lost in the Third Degree is revealed in a fascinating ceremony. Thus joining the Royal Arch is such a natural and essential first step for every Master Mason. This point is emphasised by the fact that the Royal Arch is described as the Supreme Degree and Candidates are exalted into the Order. Supreme Grand Chapter administers the Holy Royal Arch and its senior executive officers are always the same as those who hold the same or comparable offices in United Grand Lodge. Qualifications for Membership The qualification for Exaltation into the Royal Arch is simply that you must have been a Master Mason for at least four weeks.

How do I become a Royal Arch Mason?

Your Craft Lodge should have a "Royal Arch Lodge Representative". He will be an experienced and knowledgeable Brother who will be delighted to discuss the matter further with you and answer your questions, address any concerns you may have etc and would continue this role even after you join. He will also be happy to recommend a particular Chapter or Masonic Centre that is most convenient or accommodating to your work and domestic arrangements. Some members like to join a Chapter which is actually attached to their Lodge and where they are well known, whereas others prefer to join at a different place entirely - which ever you choose, you will certainly make new friends.