Welcome to the Staffordshire Royal Arch Masonry web site, I sincerely hope that it will be of interest and will provide an insight into the Royal Arch both for Master Masons and Companions alike.
You will all be aware that the Royal Arch is not only an integral part of Pure Antient Freemasonry as expressed in the Preliminary Declaration, but is also the completion of your journey through Pure Antient Freemasonry. This is endorsed wholeheartedly by Grand Lodge. Indeed the Pro First Grand Principal, E.Comp. Peter Lowndes, recently stated that the Royal Arch should in fact be the first Order you should consider joining outside the Craft.
When you feel ready to contemplate the further extension to your Masonic knowledge and experience, you first need to consider it very carefully so as to ensure that the time is right for you. It may help you to discuss the next step with the Royal Arch representative in your Lodge. Having come to the decision to proceed, I am confident that you will find that the Royal Arch will lead you to a better understanding, in as much it provides a spiritual dimension to your Craft Masonry. In fact it completes the story and hence explains the unanswered questions that were apparent in the 3rd Degree.
The Royal Arch provides a very special feeling of friendship and Companionship which is unique to this Order. So much so, that those who embrace it will testify to the increased level of enjoyment and happiness which they derive from their membership.
I hope that you find the content of this website of sufficient interest to stimulate you to seek to further your Masonic knowledge. To those of you who are not yet members of this lovely Order do read the introductory leaflet which is freely available in all our Masonic Halls, and do speak with members of your Lodge who are already Royal Arch Masons. You will recognise them by the Royal Arch Breast Jewel they proudly wear in your Craft Lodge. If you are in doubt ask your Lodge Royal Arch representative which Jewel that is. Grand Lodge have decreed that it should always be worn in a Craft Lodge in the most prominent position.
You will be made to feel very welcome from the moment you join and above all, like all Freemasonry, it is there to be enjoyed.
John A E Winter, Grand Superintendent