Visiting In The Royal Arch

chairAs all Masons know, visiting is a very important part of Lodge life. It is always a pleasure to welcome guests to our own lodges, to share with them our ceremonies, perhaps to show off a little at a particular unusual facet of our Lodge Ritual. There is also a strong idea, not often expressed and difficult to describe, of shared witnessing of a Brother's progress through the Degrees and this adds to the desire to visit.

This thread of visiting also runs through the Royal Arch and is arguably more important. Chapters are fewer - 29 in the Province rather than 66 Lodges, smaller in numbers, meet less often and, particularly in Suffolk, the ceremonies can be very different to that in your own Chapter. Visitors tend to be fewer in number but very much appreciated.

In short, visiting is as desirable in the Royal Arch. If you do visit another Chapter, you will probably be amongst a smaller number of closer knit Masons and the opportunity to make new contacts is probably greater. You will certainly have a greater opportunity of discharging your duty 'to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.'

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