The author has previously stated on many occasions that if we don't take the time to understand what the contents of our ceremonies mean, and explain them, then we are in danger of them becoming empty shells devoid of any relevance, just empty words and empty actions. They are really based on practical knowledge This book starts by looking at: * Where the Royal Arch degree comes from * Factors that influence it both historically and through religion. * Changes in fashion * Changes in knowledge * The moral lessons it teaches * How those moral lessons were derived * The meaning behind the allegory.
* The place of Royal Arch in our modern world Chapter outlines - Chapters to cover: * Tracing the origins of Royal Arch * 3 most important buildings in Britain, for Royal Arch Masonry * Religion, Faith and Fact in the lectures o Key figures and their pedigree * RA Symbols - what they mean and how they are derived * Roman, Greek and Norman influence * The Greek philosophers influence in Royal arch * Wisdom recovered and featured in Royal Arch * Two great rebellions and their consequences for Royal Arch * The third rebellion that never came that influences freemasonry * The influence of James I & VI * William of Orange at Hampton Court * The square and compasses rediscovered o The allegory of the square and compasses * Solomon's Temple o Egyptian benefit o Defeat and catastrophe o The child burners o Exile o Return of the child burners and rebuild o Destruction again o Rebuild again without Royal Arch foundations * Why a pick, shovel and crow? * Colour symbolism o Influence on ceremonies * RA lectures explained * The arrival of five nobles from afar and their influence.
Publisher: Lewis Masonic