Listening to the heads of Royal Arch

To many Masons, some of the most compelling aspects of the order are the diversity of rituals, their histories and traditions, the associated symbolism, the intriguing allegory of the ceremonies and the multiplicity of degrees that can be found. Learning about and understanding these elements add to the perception and enjoyment of Freemasonry.

Pictured from left to right, are; Paul Darlington, David Randerson, William Watt and John Cross.

Pictured from left to right, are; Paul Darlington, David Randerson, William Watt and John Cross.

Until we have a better understanding of the rationale of some of these components however, they can seem quite daunting in their apparent complexity and may discourage some from exploring them further.

And it is with this in mind that a presentation entitled ‘Talking Heads’ has been produced to diffuse any possible confusion that may exist about the Royal Arch. The presentation is currently being performed in a number of Craft lodges throughout the Province to introduce and explain the purposes, aims and pleasures of the Royal Arch, often referred to as the ‘completion and climax of Freemasonry’.

Under the stewardship of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals responsible for the Blackpool, South Fylde and North Fylde Groups David Randerson, a team has been co-ordinated to present the dialogue to a number of Craft lodges in the groups. John Cross and Paul Darlington, along with David performed the presentation at Blackpool Temperance Lodge No 5303 where it was very well received and appreciated. Master of the lodge William Watt was full of praise for the manner in which the presentation was performed by John and Paul and stated: “All present had learned a great deal, whether they were just contemplating joining the Royal Arch or were already members of the order.”

The presentation team from left to right, are: Paul Darlington, David Randerson and John Cross.

The presentation team from left to right, are: Paul Darlington, David Randerson and John Cross.

The presentation takes the form of a dialogue between a recently raised master Mason and a more seasoned colleague who, while preparing to attend a Craft lodge meeting, is approached by the young Mason enquiring about the Royal Arch. A discussion between them ensues; the young Mason asking the veteran a number of searching questions which the Royal Arch companion clarifies in a very informative and entertaining way.

A diversity of aspects is covered without revealing any of the ‘mysteries’ and theatre of the order, ensuring that the prospective member will enjoy the spectacle of Royal Arch to the full. Using his regalia as a prop to explain elements of the Royal Arch, the experienced Mason clearly and concisely answers the queries thrown at him by the young master Mason.

All present were exuberant in their praise for John and Paul’s performances. The standard of presentation was first class with John and Paul having memorised all the dialogue and enacting it in a relaxed, sincere and spontaneous manner. David was quick to reinforce the praise lavished on John and Paul saying that he was very fortunate in having two such talented and dedicated team members and that they are, as far as he is aware, the only performers in the Province to date who have learned the script off heart and it is a huge credit to their commitment.

The presentation team is available to all lodges in the area and it is strongly recommended as a most effective way in which to enlighten those brethren who may be contemplating completing their journey in Freemasonry. The ‘Talking Heads’ team have a message and it is well worth lending an ear to it.

Officers of Temperance Lodge with the presentation team.

Officers of Temperance Lodge with the presentation team.