The Preliminary Declaration to the Book of Constitutions states that:-
“By the solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of Free-masons of England in Deember 1813, it was ‘declared and pronounced that pure Antient Masonry consistes of threee degress and no more, viz, those of Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.’
Therefore the Craft and the Royal Arch have a unique and indissoluble link in the English Constitution which means that every Freemasons journey in pure Antient Masonry remains incomplete until he has become a Companion of the Royal Arch.
A view strongly expressed by our Grand Master, who is also the First Grand Principal of the Royal Arch.
“No Mason should be joining other orders without first completing their journey in Pure Antient Masonry by becoming a member of the Holy Royal Arch”
25 APRIL 2019
AN ADDRESS BY THE ME FIRST GRAND PRINCIPAL HRH THE DUKE OF KENT
Also in 2019 the Provincial Grand Master and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent isssued joint statements regarding the relationship between the two orders and the way forward in working together in the future.
The role of the Craft Co-ordinator was born! A dual role which seeks to work with our Lodge Holy Royal Arch representatives, in terms of guidance and support, as well as promoting the Holy Royal Arch in our Craft lodges particularly in support of the Craft’s Provincial Fraternal Visit programme.
A vital and important way in which the Craft Province engages with our Lodges, as well as giving the Holy Royal Arch an opportunity to be visible in a Lodge and to engage with our Brethren.
The objective is to have the Holy Royal Arch viewed as a seamless part of the joining process for all Craft Masons, by use of the Members Pathway from interview to raising, and ultimately by recovering that which was lost in the Ceremony with the WOW factor!
Craft & HRA Representative Co-ordinator – E Comp Neil Hurcum