Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta
THE TONY ASPESLET CYBER LIBRARY
ROYAL ARCH DEVELOPMENT AN EXCERPT FROM “ROYAL ARCH MATTERS”
The position of the Royal Arch, in Masonic systems throughout the world varies to a considerable extent which may well have resulted from problems created by the premier Grand Lodge of 1717 and their persistent refusal to acknowledge its arrival and development. There is little question that it followed closely on the heels of the ‘Hiramic legend”, which probably appeared about 1725.
- It may be inspired by an idea, but once it goes further ‑ if it is compelling enough to acquire the support of more than one person then it is no longer an abstraction. It is palpable.
- At its simplest level, a shared vision is the answer to the question, “What do we want to create?”
- Shared visions create a sense of commonality and give coherence to diverse activities.
- A vision is truly shared when you and I have a similar picture and are committed to one another having it, not just to each of us, individually, having it.
- Shared visions derive their power from a common caring.
- Shared visions provide the focus and energy for learning.
- A shared vision is a vision that many people are truly committed to, because it reflects their own personal vision.
- The visioning process can wither if, as more people get involved, the diversity of views dissipates focus and generates unmanageable conflicts.
- Visions need strong advocates, but advocates who can also inquire into others’ visions open the possibility for the vision to evolve, to become “larger” than our individual visions.
- Visions can also die because people become discouraged by the apparent difficulty in bringing the vision into reality.
- Emerging visions can also die because people get overwhelmed by the demands of current reality and lose their focus on the vision.
One thing and only one thing a Masonic Lodge can give it’s Members which they can get no where else in the world. That one thing is Masonry…..
Let us proceed on the assumption that every candidate for the degrees sincerely desires the light Freemasonry has to offer him and expects to receive it.
What would be the success of a lawyer who never again looked at Law books after admission to the Bar;A Minister who never again read the Bible after Ordination;A Doctor who never read a Medical book after Graduation;A Mason who did not “Look for Light” after being raised.
We are taught as Freemasons that the purpose of the Chisel is to smooth and prepare the stone for the hands of the more expert Craftsmen, and that, as a symbol, it points out the advantages of Education, by which means alone we are rendered fit Members of regularly organized society.
When we become almost fully dependent on degrees and business meetings for total Masonic involvement, we deprive ourselves o the enrichment of Masonic Education.