Presentations & Lectures

Papers recommended by Supreme Grand Chapter for delivery to private Chapters.

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225 Years of Grand Chapter

by E Comp J. M. Hamill, P.A.G.Soj.

On 22 July 1766 a group of Companions met in a Chapter at the Turks Head Tavern, Gerard Street, Soho, and signed a document which was to have a profound effect on the development of the Royal Arch in England.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 13th November 1991 and may be used in Private Chapters


A New Look at the Charter of Compact

by E Comp by E. Comp. Yasha Beresiner approx 10 minutes

We have met in open Convocation for the best part of 230 years by authority of a document entitled the Charter of Compact.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 11th February 1998 and may be used in Private Chapters


A Short Study of the Symbols on the Principal Banners

by E. Comp. Roy Wells, P.A.G.D.C. approx 15-20 minutes

In the English system of the Royal Arch we refer to the four Principal Banners as "the leading Standards of the four divisions of the army of Israel, which bore devices of a Man, a Lion, an Ox and an Eagle".

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 12th November 1969 and may be used in Private Chapters


Concerning Royal Arch Installations

by E. Comp. Roy Wells, P.A.G.D.C. approx 15-20 minutes

In the early periods of the Royal Arch there is a paucity of information regarding a ceremonial pattern for Installation, but we glean what we can from various Minute Books, looking for signs that may be classed as stages of development.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 12th February 1975 and may be used in Private Chapters


Early Royal Arch Regalia

by E. Comp. A.R. Hewitt, P.G.St.B. approx 15-20 minutes

Although little is known of the early history of Royal Arch Masonry one aspect of the Order's development is comparatively well recorded, namely, the wearing of regalia.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 9th February 1972 and may be used in Private Chapters


Grand Chapter Ritual of the Late 18th Century

by E. Comp. A.R. Hewitt, P.G.St.B., approx 15 minutes

Introduction

The origin of the R.A. is a matter for conjecture, very little being known of it before 1744, the year in which the first printed reference(1) to it occurred. By the 1750s, however, the degree was being increasingly conferred in England, Ireland and Scotland.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 11th November 1970 and may be used in Private Chapters


Looking back Over 200 Years

by E. Comp. A.R. Hewitt, P.G.St.B.

The year 1774 was not particularly outstanding in our annals but 200 years, although but a moment in the history of the world, is a long time in the history of the Royal Arch.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 13th February 1974 and may be used in Private Chapters


Pure Antient Masonry

by E. Comp. J.M. Hamill, P.A.G.Soj. approx 10 minutes

"When they have had an opportunity of assimilating the ceremony through which they have passed, the questions most regularly asked by newly Exalted Companions are:

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 14th November 1990 and may be used in Private Chapters


Some Thoughts on the Origins of the Royal Arch

by E. Comp. J.M. Hamill, P.A.G.Soj. approx 20 minutes

‘Companions, whence come you?' is not only the first question Zerubabel asks of the three Master Masons from Babylon but a question that Masonic researchers have been asking about the origins of our Order for more than one hundred and fifty years.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 8th November 2000 and may be used in Private Chapters


The Place of the Royal Arch in English Masonry

by E. Comp. J.M. Hamill, P.A.G.Soj. approx 10 minutes

In November 1990, I addressed this Supreme Grand Chapter on the subject of "pure antient masonry", that is, the relationship between the Craft and the Royal Arch in our Constitution.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 9th November 1994 and may be used in Private Chapters


The Revision of the Royal Arch Ritual

by E. Comp. J.M. Hamill, P.A.G.Soj. approx 15 minutes

First may I allay any fears that may have arisen in the minds of Companions when they saw the title of this afternoon's talk. In musical terms it is NOT a prelude to yet more variation of a much loved theme.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 11th September 1996 and may be used in Private Chapters


Whence Came The Royal Arch

by E. Comp. Cyril N Batham approx 15 minutes

Whence came the Royal Arch? Surely everything that can be said about that problem has already been said; surely everything that can be written has already been written, yet in spite of that, no one can say when, where, how or why Royal Arch Masonry came into existence.

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This paper was delivered to Supreme Grand Chapter on the 8th February 1978 and may be used in Private Chapters


In addition to the various papers available

E Comp David Evans is willing to give his interactive presentation “Do You Want To Know a Royal Arch Secret?” to any Chapter by invitation, subject of course to being available on the date of the meeting.


The Royal Arch Words - E.Comp. C. Dyer. approx 15 minutes

Traditional History: the Biblical Background - E. Comp. S. Fernie. approx 15 minutes

The Grand Sanhedrin that sits in the Hall of Hewn Stone - E. Comp. R. Crane. approx 20 minutes

The Royal Arch in Relation to the Scandinavian Rite - E. Comp. T. Haunch. approx 10-12 minutes

The Royal Arch in England, Ireland & Scotland – Apparent Differences within a Basic Identity - E. Comp. T. Haunch. approx 10-12 minutes

The Royal Arch in the USA - E. Comp. R. Wells. approx 10-12 minutes

The Supreme Grand Chapter of England – A brief history from Lord Blaney to the Duke of Sussex - E. Comp. A. Hewitt. approx 60 ++ minutes