Royal Arch takes its membership from Blue Lodges. We all have a responsibility to share our wonderful Rituals with our Brethren. We are providing several tools to help you reach out to your Brothers in Lodge.
The Elevator Speech is intended to help you give a good account of Royal Arch Masonry. Imagine you’re in an elevator with another person: you have thirty seconds to convince him to buy your product before the doors open and your potential client leaves the elevator. Let’s have something powerful and attractive things to say at our fingertips when someone asks us why we became a Royal Arch Mason – not just “I dunno, really”!
I encourage you to print out the card, or print a page of them, cut them out and hand them out in your Chapter. Take it out once a day and read it. After a week or two throw it away. It will give you some fun and punchy things to say if one of your Brothers asks you why you became a Royal Arch Mason. Together we can share our Organization, my Companions, and help us grow and spread the knowledge!
As well as these, we have two short plays which can be performed in Lodge to give the Brethren an idea of what we stand for, and what they can expect to learn. These can be performed by you, or you can ask your DDGHP or AGL. They will either have a District Team which can do it, or they can ask Grand Chapter if they can supply a team to put them on.
There is also a 10-minute Presentation to be given in Lodge. This is a PowerPoint Presentation which requires a laptop, projector and screen. Alternatively the Brethren may be given printouts of the Presentation and go through the slides with the Presenter. The PowerPoint Presentation has Notes to help the Presenter explain each slide. This is an excellent Program for any Lodge who is looking for further light and whose members are interested in learning more about the Royal Arch.
1. Pre-Degree Introductions
Prior to each Degree, a member of the Chapter can read each of these excellent short introductions to the Degree to the Candidates. Use of these short summaries should enhance the Candidates’ enjoyment and understanding of the Rituals:
2. Introduction to Capitular Masonry (ICM) Course
This new course is similar to the popular LSOME course in Blue Lodge. Following each Degree, a Facilitator in the Lodge should meet with the Candidates to go through the lesson for that Degree. By the time the course in completed, the new Companion will have both a basic understanding of the Degrees, and an appreciation of how Grand Chapter and the Constitution works, as well as an introduction to the Charities we support.
The ICM course can be downloaded as a PDF and printed out locally by the Facilitator or attendees; or for those who prefer a better quality version for their library, a printed edition is available on lulu.com priced at $11.
For ICM Ordering
3. Chapter Walkabout Program
Following completion of the Royal Arch Degree, the next Chapter meeting should run the Chapter Walkabout Program. This Program introduces the new Companion to the Chapter Officers and explains much of the furniture and symbolism. Similar to the Blue Lodge Walkabout, its intention to familiarize the new Companion with the Chapter, and make him feel comfortable when he attends future meetings.
Every High Priest should endeavor to put together an interesting Trestleboard for his Chapter. This should include a variety of activities: Degree Ceremonies, Talks (try asking local knowledgeable Companions to give a paper in your Chapter; a Table Chapter; and possibly even an outing or two. Don’t forget to organize at least one event with the ladies during the year.
The following Short Talks are offered to expand the range of options available to a High Priest. Each paper is two pages long, and ends with a series of provocative questions guaranteed to get the debate going after the talk! The High Priest is encouraged to print them out and either read one himself or give it to another Companion to facilitate during the Chapter meeting.
- Mark Master Degree Short Talks – Talk 1 | Talk 2 | Talk 3
- Virtual Past Master Short Talk – Talk
- Most Excellent Master Short Talks – Talk 1 | Talk 2 | Talk 3
- Holy Royal Arch Short Talks – Talk 1 | Talk 2 | Talk 3
The jewel in the crown of our education is the new Capitular Development Course (CDC). This is aimed at those who have been Royal Arch Masons for 6 months or more, and who wish to deepen their understanding of the Degrees through formal education. This course explores the source of the Degrees, their Symbolism and their esoteric meaning.
The CDC may be run in a group by a Facilitator, over 4 sessions. Alternatively, if the Companion cannot find a local course or cannot get around, the CDC may be ordered from the Grand Secretary’s Office and completed as home study. In this case he will send his answers to the multiple choice questions, together with a short paragraph or two to answer the Open Questions at the end of each Chapter, to the Grand Secretary’s Office. Once he has received his paper together with comments, he may begin the next Chapter.
In either case, upon successful completion of the course, all Companions will receive a Certificate of Completion and Pin, which may be worn in Chapter and at any Royal Arch Function.
To go through the course a Companion will need:
- A copy of the CDC Workbook.
- A copy of the New York Standard Ritual.
- A Bible – preferably the one he received in Lodge.
The Facilitator may organize a course, then order the books required from lulu.com (CDC Workbook) and the Grand Secretary’s Office (Ritual Book), then sell them at the first meeting. Alternatively the Companion may order both himself (details below). There is a cost of $15 to cover administration, and to cover the cost of the Certificate and Pin. Contact your District AGL to see if and when a CDC is being held.
“This is available in paperback
Cost: $22 plus S&H. Order from Grand Chapter Office:
Running a successful Chapter does not happen by accident. The Capstone Course educates senior Officers on how to put together a successful Trestleboard, attract new members and maintain and grow the Chapter. All those about to become High Priest are expected to take this course prior to ascending to the East.
In 2014 a PowerPoint version has been made available (see below) to assist the Moderator in delivering the course. All slides have Notes attached which will facilitate delivery. In 2015 the course will be revised and updated, and brought in line with the new materials available. Ask your District AGL when the next Capstone Course is being run.
Following successful completion of the course, those taking the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AGL, signed by the AGL and DDGHP.
|Click HERE for the Capstone Power Point Presentation|