Dr. Elton L. Lewis
MOST EXCELLENT GRAND HIGH PRIEST
Welcome to the official website of the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons of Florida & U.S. Virgin Islands, Incorporated, Prince Hall Affiliated. This virtual home of the Capitular Rite of Freemasonry is where you will see the Companions of the Order bettering our communities, uplifting humanity, and edifying our membership. Our mission is simple:
- Promote Prince Hall Affiliated Holy Royal Arch Masonry throughout Florida and its Jurisdiction,
- encourage and practice the spiritual concepts of harmony, peace, love, and unity within the Order,
- provide educational, fraternal, and benevolent assistance to our members,
- and disburse charity to the less fortunate in our society.
This we do with fervency and zeal each and every day! We welcome you to maneuver through our site and enjoy the information that is provided. Do not hesitate to contact us below with any questions or feedback. Enjoy your time on our site and may God continue to bless you!
Most Excellent Dr. Elton L. Lewis, K.Y.C.H.
18th Grand High Priest of all Capitular Masonry
Royal Arch Masonry is the first order a Master Mason joins in the York Rite. The Chapter works the following degrees: The Mark Master Mason degree is in some respects an extension of the Fellow Crafts’ second degree. In some jurisdictions the degree is conferred in a Fellow Craft Lodge, that is, the second degree of the Blue Lodge. The Past Master (Virtual) degree is conferred because of the traditional requirement that only Past Masters of a Blue Lodge may be admitted to Holy Royal Arch. Because there are so many applicants for this degree, Virtual Past Master is required to qualify them for it. Much of the work is the same given to install the Worshipful Master of a Blue Lodge. There is no such requirement or procedure outside the USA. In the Most Excellent Master degree the building of King Solomon’s Temple, which figures so prominently in Blue Lodge, has been completed. In England the degree is conferred by Cryptic Councils, along with three other degrees below. The Royal Arch Mason degree is said by many to be the most beautiful degree in all of Freemasonry. Following the convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter in England on November 10, 2004, there are significant ritual differences from that worked in the USA, fraternal inter-relations remain as before. Freemasons who reach this degree may continue to Cryptic Masonry or go straight to Knights Templar (where permitted—requirements vary in different jurisdictions).
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