An enhanced exaltation at Westhoughton

There have been a series of presentations of an enhanced ritual from the Royal Arch degree, taking place across the Province and Paul Renton; Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals for the Chorley Group brought the team to Westhoughton Chapter No 4215.

Paul Renton discusses enhancements with the Companions.

Paul Renton discusses enhancements with the Companions.

Paul conducted the demonstration assisted by Stewart Crannage as principle sojourner, Stephen Brereton as first assistant sojourner, Mark Holloway second assistant sojourner. The readings came from Barry Hewitt and Michael Dutton, who also operated all of the lights that set the ambience perfectly at key times through the display. Gordon MacLellan acted as the candidate.

There was a packed chapter room with the Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett and group vice chairman Tony Hall present amongst the companions. Tony is also our Group Royal Arch Liaison Officer.

Paul opened the evening’s proceedings by reminding us that the ceremony of exaltation is one of the most colorful and emphatic ceremonies within Freemasonry. Following on from what takes place within the Craft degrees, it has potential, if well executed to inspire the candidate along with those who are watching. Paul’s aim is to enhance the exaltation, without changing the ritual in any way.

The team then treated the companions to a fascinating display of what can be achieved by fine tuning the ceremony with a little drama and some clever lighting effects.

Following the demonstration Paul and the team answered questions and took critique from the audience of companions who all enjoyed the evening and welcomed the ideas that the team had brought along. Paul explained that once all of the demonstration meetings have taken place a finalized version of the new ‘enhanced’ version of the exaltation ceremony will be published for 2015-16 season for any chapters wishing to use this exciting new version of Royal Arch Ritual.

Paul Renton flanked by Peter Lockett (right) Tony Hall (left) and the members of the demonstration team.

Paul Renton flanked by Peter Lockett (right) Tony Hall (left) and the members of the demonstration team.