The Royal Arch is a separate Order, which has a special connection to Craft Freemasonry practiced in Lodges. It continues and completes the journey a Freemason begins with Initiation.
The Craft and the Royal Arch together form “pure Antient Masonry”, as defined by the Act of Union of 1813. This combined the then two main Grand Lodges to form the governing body we have today, the United Grand Lodge of England. The Royal Arch is governed by United Grand Lodge’s sister organisation, the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. Members, who are called Companions, rather than Brothers, meet in Chapters, which are themselves connected to Craft Lodges.
Royal Arch Chapters meet three or four times each year, and so the time involved and fees payable are both lower than Craft Lodges. There is one admission ceremony, and the work is shared between several members.
Every Craft Lodge has a Royal Arch Liaison Officer who can provide further information, help members find a Chapter suited to them and answer questions.
To find out more, please visit the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Royal Arch website.