The Royal Arch - since 1892
Rule 71 of the Book of Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of New Zealand states as follows:
“Grand Lodge recognises the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, Master Mason, Mark Master, Excellent Master and the Royal Arch as being pure Antient Freemasonry.”
The first three degrees are provided in a Craft Lodge; the second three in a Royal Arch Chapter. These degrees extend the legends and moral lessons introduced in the three Lodge Ceremonies, and many Freemasons consider it worthwhile continuing their Masonic education by participating in all of the recognised degrees of pure Antient Freemasonry.
New Zealand Royal Arch Chapters are organised through the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter, and membership of Chapters is restricted to members of Lodges who have completed the Master Mason Degree. A Royal Arch Chapter may also work the ceremonies of Royal Ark Mariner, and the Red Cross of Babylon.
There are a small number of Chapters who belong to the Grand Chapter organisations of England and Scotland; These Chapters did not join the Supreme Grand Chapter of New Zealand when it was established in 1892.
Further information about Royal Arch Freemasonry can be obtained here: www.royalarch.org.nz
The First Grand Principal is the head of Royal Arch Masonry in New Zealand.
The SGRACNZ controls the Degrees of Mark Master Mason, Excellent Master, the Royal Arch, the four Degrees of the Cryptic Council, the Royal Ark Mariner Degree, and the Red Cross of Babylon Degrees.
Each Royal Arch Chapter is part of a District. The Hauraki District of The SGRACNZ incorporates all the Royal Arch Chapters in the (Masonic) Bay of Plenty District geographical area.
There are also two Cryptic Councils in the Hauraki District. One is in Rotorua, the other in Hamilton.
Meeting Dates and Times for Royal Arch Chapters and Cryptic Councils in the wider Hauraki District can be found on our Calendar
THE CRAFT AND ROYAL ARCH MASONRY
Your qualification as a Master Mason enables you to join a Royal Arch Chapter,
thus Completing the Six Degress of Freemasonry.
The Mark Master Mason and Excellent Master Degrees are conducted in Lodges working under the Charter of a Royal Arch Chapter and members are called Brethren. The Royal Arch Degree is conducted in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and members are called Companions.
The business of a Royal Arch Chapter is conducted in the Royal Arch Degree and, therefore, a Candidate cannot attend until he has been “exalted” to the Royal Arch Degree.
|The Degree of Mark Master Mason, conducted in a Lodge of Mark Master Masons
||The Degree of Excellent Master, conducted in a Lodge of Excellent Masters
||The Degree of the Holy Royal Arch, conducted in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons
Membership of further Degrees and Orders in the Masonic System is available to Royal Arch Masons who wish to continue their advancement in Masonic Knowledge.
These are additional to the Six Degrees of Freemasonry.
The Royal Ark Mariner Degree is conducted in a Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.
The Red Cross of Babylon Degrees are conducted in Councils of Knight of the East and Knights of the East and West.
The Cryptic Degrees are conducted in Councils of Select Master, Royal Master, Most Excellent Master and Super Excellent Master.
Royal Arch Convocation - Rotorua, 2013
ME Comp Les Borrell was installed as First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand at the annual Convocation held in Rotorua during March. Read his address to the Convocation here.
Bay of Plenty District recognises and congratulates Les Borrell for his achievements. Les is otherwise known within Freemasons New Zealand as VW Bro Les Borrell, Past Grand Lecturer and is a member of the Bay of Plenty District's Gate Pa Lodge No 407.