Temple Chapter Number 8 received its charter on November 11, 1903. Temple Chapter scheduled meetings are the first Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in May, July, and August. From time to time the meeting schedule may change, changes and locations of meetings will be placed on the home page of this Website and on the Facebook Page.
The Royal Arch Degrees
In a Blue Lodge where candidates are initiated into Freemasonry, candidates go through three degrees, Entered Apprentice Mason, Fellowcraft Mason, and Master Mason. Masons learn about Lodges, their history, legends, and the relationship of Masonry to religion. Masonry teaches that it is not a religion and that religion is a person’s choice. In the Master Mason Degree, (also called the Third Degree) Masons learn about the legend of the Grand Master Hiram of Abiff, who was accosted by three rough fellowcrafts working at the Building of King Solomon’s Temple. These three fellowcrafts, called Ruffians, were afraid that they would not receive the secrets of a Master Mason, killed the Grand Master Hiram of Abiff.
This legend represents how a person can be betrayed by those around him. Masons can find many examples of betrayal from ancient Egypt, Jesus being betrayed by is disciples before going to the cross, the Knights Templar being betrayed by the King Phillip the Fair and Pope Clement V in the early fourteenth century. This is a very moving degree and will make long lasting impression upon all who go through the degree.
After a Mason receives his first three degrees in a Blue Lodge, he may elect to go on to the York Rite of Freemasonry. The York Rite of Freemasonry consists of the Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons, and Knights Templar. Royal Arch Masons consists of four degrees called the Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and the Royal Arch. In the Mark Master Degree, a Mason again represents a Fellowcraft. He learns many lessons. About how to do an honest day’s work and to only receive wages for labor actually performed. The degree uses the parable in Mathew 20:1-16 in the King James Version to reinforce the lessons taught in this degree. The Past Master degree is very short and teaches about the importance of proper leadership. The Most Excellent Master Degree tells about the completion and dedication of King Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8:22-61) (The meaning of the prayer by King Solomon at the dedication of the Temple can be found in the following website: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1291-solomons-temple-dedication-prayer-and-repentance).
The Royal Arch Degree takes place after the destruction of King Solomon’s Temple during the time the Jews are returning from Babylonian captivity. They received permission from King Darius of Persia to rebuild King Solomon’s Temple. The degree is about the discovery of that which had been lost in the destruction of King Solomon Temple. This is a very moving degree and well worty your time.
The philanthropy that Royal Arch Masons sponsor is the Royal Arch Research Association (RARA).