Temple Chapter reports to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Arizona. The Royal Arch is one of the three bodies of the York Rite of Freemasonry.
Temple Chapter received a dispensation to meet on 28 July 2023. It became an official Masonic body on 11 November 1903.
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About the Degrees of the Royal Arch
The Chapter Degrees consists of four degrees. The Mark Master Mason, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and the Royal Arch.
The Mark Master Mason Degree follows the Master Mason Degree in the Blue Lodge. It is the First Degree of the York Rite. The Mark Master Mason Degree is most closely related to the Fellowship Degree in the Blue Lodge, or the Second Degree. The candidate represents a craftsman in the quarry chiseling stone. The candidate learns several lessons.
The Past Master Degree is the shortest degree in Freemasonry. In the early days of the York Rite, only Past Masters of Blue Lodges could advance to the Royal Arch. The York Rite added the degree of Past Master to make candidate virtual Past Masters. The degree teaches many lessons about leadership.
The Most Excellent Master Degree is very moving. It is about the completion and dedication of King Solomon’s Temple. This degree picture events after the tragedy of the Third Degree.
The Royal Arch Degree takes place after King Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon. The Jews were taken into captivity where they remained for 70 years until the reigns of Cyrus and Darius, Kings of Persia. The degree depicts a journey from Babylon to Jerusalem by Jews whose purpose was to build the second Temple. It is also a very moving degree. It tells about excavations at the sight of the destroyed King Solomon’s Temple. It also teaches many lessons and insights.
The general order of introductions would be as follows, going from first introduced to last: