The Grand Superintendent’s Message
As Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masonry in Warwickshire, I welcome you to our web pages and hope you will enjoy browsing through them.
Masonry may sometimes seem confusing and hard to understand, and my senior colleagues and I would always be pleased to try and dispel these misunderstandings, and explain the position the Royal Arch has in Masonry generally and its intentions.
One of the earliest mentions of the Royal Arch is a report of a meeting in 1743. Thus for nearly 260 years this vital part of Masonry, described by one Masonic genius, as “the root, heart and marrow of Masonry” has existed, developed and flourished. In 1813 when our United Grand Lodge rewrote our rulebook, called the Book of Constitutions, the Royal Arch was declared part of “pure Antient Masonry” and so it remains today.
All masons who have completed the three Craft ceremonies, not only are able, but are recommended, to join a Royal Arch Chapter and we have 64 in Warwickshire with over 1500 members and they meet at all the main Masonic centres throughout the province.
Our workings are historical and highly symbolic and not only of great interest but great fun. All Chapters also have an active social side and maintain strong charitable ideals.
We can be reached through the main Provincial Office at Stirling Road, Edgbaston or directly to the Scribe E John Handley on 01564 777578, and we would be pleased to make arrangements for those especially interested to view the room in which we meet, together with the equipment and regalia we use.
John L Saint – Grand Superintendent for Warwickshire