There are are number of ritual degrees that can be broken down into four sets or epochs of the story, they are:
– The Holy Royal Arch Degree
– The Red Cross Knight of Babylon
– Royal Ark Mariner
– The Cryptic Series of Degrees
Most degrees can be held in one evening though some of the longer degress may be held over two meeting nights with a brief educational evening as a follow up.
Royal Arch Freemasonry’s background begins with the story of the Ark, in 2500 BCE
and concludes with the triumphant return of Zerubbabel to Jerusalem in 518 BCE,
a historical span of some 1982 years.
The Holy Royal Arch Degrees
A qualified Fellow Craft is permitted to select a personal mark by which his work is recognised. Such marks have since been found in the ruins of ancient buildings and it is in this series of Degrees that a Master Mason receives his Mark and entitles him to payment and recognition for his works.
Red Cross Knight of Babylon
The Degrees depict certain historical incidents which occurred during the period of twenty years that begins with the release of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon and ends with the completion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. This degree is intimately associated with the Holy Royal Arch.
Royal Ark Mariner Degree
Early records of the Craft mention is made of Noah and the Flood, in fact, we still retain some maritime phrases within the Lodge. Noah is also credited with finding the two great pillars made by Enoch, one of brass and the other of brick, on which was inscribed a record of the Arts and Sciences as known at that time.
Cryptic Series of Degrees
This series of Degrees include those of Select Master, Royal Master, Most Excellent Master and Super Excellent Master these degrees cover a vast period in the Masonic story, commencing with the events surrounding the Third Degree through to the final destruction of the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar.
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The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland office is located at:
Masonic Memorial Temple, 311 Ann Street, Brisbane.
Please address all correspondence to the Grand Scribe Ezra.
PO BOX 10272, Brisbane 4000
Phone : (07) 3221 1911