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When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:28 pm
by LiamStedman
After some advice and thoughts,

When should you join the Holy Royal Arch? I was raised in April and hear alot of people saying to wait but why and how long should you wait

Thanks

Liam

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:02 pm
by Trouillogan
There's no rush! There's a lifetime of stuff in the three degrees as it is; start asking questions about why this, why that and how they came about. Was anything really lost, or was it the means of communication? Should I join Mark first? Why is there an historical gap (in England) between the Craft and the RA? What happened to the RA at the Craft Union of 1813? By the time you have some answers that satisfy your curiosity about those things and others, then might be the time to consider joining the RA. If you join it now, you would likely be doing so without knowing why you are. I would suggest that you obtain Neville Cryer's booklet 'I just didn't know that' - available from most masonic suppliers at less than £10. The chapter on 'What is the point of other than the Craft Degrees' is particularly relevant to your question.

Every good wish for your future in masonry.

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:57 am
by russellholland
I found it useful to read the Sumerian mythology in order to understand Holy Royal Arch - including why it is named as such.

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:35 am
by JulesTheBit
As Trouillogan has so eloquently said, when you're sure you're in a position to take on more Freemasonry, and you've decided that a step into the RA is right for you, then that's the time.

The RA is heavily promoted in England as the logical next step after the Craft but it's not absolutely mandatory.

If you don't take that step you will be missing something. And if you don't join every other Masonic Order in existence you will also be missing something.

Choose which step you take, and when you take it wisely. In particular, try hard not to yieled to the "recruiting sergeant" attitude of some Masons.

S&F, Jules
Who loves the RA but willingly acknowledges that others may differ

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:02 pm
by Dalkeith
I think things are slightly different up here north of the border. As we generally do our Mark degree in Craft lodge (can be done in RA Chapter too) it is still a very personal choice for anyone. Here you have to have been MM for 12 months before applying to join a chapter. I know people that joined as soon as they could, and others that have been in the craft for many years and have no intension of joining RA.
As I said it's a personal choice, as all steps in Freemasonry are.

Hope that helps
S&F
Jim


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Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:10 pm
by LiamStedman
Thank you for all your comments.

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:14 am
by russellholland
> Here you have to have been MM for 12 months before applying to join a chapter.

I had to go through the Chair in the craft lodge before I was eligible for HRA. In retrospect that was good timing.

That was 25 years ago and these days I am not sure that Freemasonry is as engaging as it once was in which case to maintain the numbers it may be useful to push brethren into other degrees quickly so that they do not drop out.

Such speed however does not have regard for the processes of inner unfoldment of the brethren and may not do much for the quality of Freemasonry. For example the EA TB illustrates a specific technique veiled by Jacob's Ladder and without that technique much of Masonic Science is inaccessible. So we speed past in search of further degrees but without one of the important keys to the genuine secrets.

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:09 am
by Peter Taylor
russellholland wrote:> Here you have to have been MM for 12 months before applying to join a chapter.

Same in Scotland.

Re: When to join Holy Royal Arch

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:01 pm
by C_J_A
I've been in the craft now for 6 years. The first two years were full on with meetings then I fell away due to moving. Now I have affiliated I feel like after being back for a while now and understanding everything that is going on quite comfortably I am now ready to join the RA. I think there is more than enough in the blue lodge to keep your mind thinking before making the step to join another order.