WHAT IS A ROYAL ARCH MASON?
ROYAL ARCH MASON is a man who began his Masonic
career by seeking light as an ENTERED APPRENTICE. Thus entering upon his
labors and duties diligently, he soon realized the need for more light and
knowledge, and so he sought to be passed to the degree of FELLOWCRAFT. Still
learning and trying, he realized his need for further light and education and
by diligent labor, prepared himself to be raised to the sublime degree of
MASTER MASON. Being thus enlightened and entrusted with the purposes and uses
of the working tools – the gauge – the gavel – the plumb – the square – the
level – and the trowel, he labored faithfully in the quarries of life.
Reaching that point that his work was found to be good, true, and square, he
was advanced to the degree of MARK MASTER MASON. With his efforts and labors
with the chisel and mallet thus recognized, he was elevated to the status of a
virtual PAST MASTER and proved his qualities of leadership, direction, and
inspiration. These qualities displayed in his life and conduct as well as in
his labors, he was able to participate in the symbolism of the dedication of
the Temple – viewing the light of God’s presence and power and being received
and acknowledged as a MOST EXCELLENT MASTER. After sustained effort and
confirming evidence of faithful service, he was exalted to the HOLY ROYAL ARCH
being entrusted with the mysteries of the triangle – emblematic of the power,
light, and strength of God. In fulfillment of his quest for light, the
Companion received the long-lost Master’s Word and rededicated himself to work
of building that house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.