The Royal Arch has a separate administration from that of the Craft but
it is essential for the completion of the Basic Allegorical Masonic
Journey. It used to be described as 'the completion of the Third Degree'
and it in now described as 'essential' and as the 'completion of pure
The teachings of the Royal Arch are based on the Old Testament, telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity to rebuild the City and Temple. In clearing the ground of Solomon's Temple for the foundations of a new temple, the candidate makes important discoveries.
The lessons learned from these discoveries, are appropriate to that stage in a candidate's Masonic development.
Once exalted (initiated) into a Holy Royal Arch Chapter, a candidate becomes a Companion.
As with the Craft Degrees, the Province of Bristol performs the ceremony different to anywhere else in the world, which encourages many companions from far and wide to visit and witness our unique Royal Arch workings.
The main element of attraction is our ceremony called ‘passing the veils’, which is performed prior to a candidate entering the Chapter room and being exalted – a ceremony which is only actively performed in England by the Province of Bristol.
Holy Royal Arch Chapters in the Province of Bristol