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The Royal Arch is a beautiful degree, dramatic in its Ceremony, and full of allegory and hidden meaning. It takes brotherhood to the next level as Craft Masons become Companions in the Royal Arch in their journey through life. As such it is the completion of a Craft Mason’s journey through ‘Pure and Antient Freemasonry’ from Initiation to Exaltation.

The United Grand Lodge Book of Constitution declares:

“Pure and Antient Freemasonry consists of three degrees and no more, those of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.”



Craft Master Mason is eligible to join The Royal Arch four weeks after being Raised to the Third Degree thereby completing his entry into “Pure and Ancient Freemasonry"

Welcome from the head of Oxfordshire's Royal Arch Masons.

As Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, let me welcome you to the official site of the Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Chapter.

You will be able to find information relating to our Chapters and their meetings, the charities we support and upcoming events, as well as other items of interest.

Freemasonry has been practised in Oxfordshire for nearly 300 years, from not just within the city and university, but across many of the county's towns from as far south as Henley on Thames to Banbury in the north. Throughout those 300 years, Freemasonry has adapted and changed to reflect the many great and social changes that have formed the bedrock of our present day society.

Royal Arch Freeemasonry is another colourful branch of that evolution, taking you further into the teaching and understanding.

During all of these these years, our fraternal society has comfortably retained many of its great traditions and remained true to our core beliefs, primary amongst which is that of extending the hand of friendship and assistance to those less fortunate not just here in Oxfordshire, but throughout the country at large and the world beyond.

We are open to "all men of all ages", who wish simply to challenge develop and discover more about themselves, and in that journey find new friends, and to enjoy and embrace an opportunity to bring hope and happiness to those less fortunate.If you think this is for you and can step up to that high mark, then please do contact us, you will be as all are, most welcome and I am confident you will not be disappointed.


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