Welcome to St. Stephen’s Royal Arch Chapter
E. Ned Bean, HP
Sixth Capitular District,
Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts
R.E. Jordan C. MacNeill, DDGHP
St Stephen’s Royal Arch Chapter is accepting petitions for membership through the summer. We will review and respond after our initial September meeting and provide a schedule of degree dates for potential candidates as soon as they are established.
The “JOIN” tab above will take you to a great video explaining York Rite Masonry. You will also find instructions to start the membership process.
Seeking More Light in Masonry – That’s what the Companions wanted at the October 22nd Convocation in Hingham. Due to a major rainstorm there was an electrical power outage in the town. It was a night to remember; candlelight supper, a meeting in the lodge room with “Mood Lighting” courtesy of Bob and Vin, and quite a lot of good fellowship as many Companions compared our evening to what our predecessors must have experienced in times of yore. We were forced to reschedule the planned conferral of the Mark Master Mason degree on our candidates however since they would have been deprived of the full experience if delivered in dim lighting. Upon opening the convocation, Companion Arthur Dunham was asked if all present were Mark Masters and duly walked around the room with a flashlight to ensure that was the case. All present laughed again when he also ensured we were all in due form as Mark Masters, again patrolling the sidelines with his light. It was a night that we’ll talk about for a long time.
Three of our Companions Recognized – At the October Convocation Most Excellent Jack MacNeill recognized R.E. Jordan MacNeill for hie re-election as the District Deputy Grand High Priest for the Sixth Capitular District, R.E. Arthur Dunham for being named as Grand Master of the First Veil, and R.E. Steven A. Cooper for becoming the new Grand Scribe. St Stephens Companions gave a hearty applause for these three who work so hard for Capitular Masonry.
2014 Officers Installation - New High Priest E. Ned Bean and his line of elected and appointed officers for the Capitular year 2014-15 were installed Wednesday, September 24th. We are all now called to labor. Presiding and Installing Officers were R.E. John Sutterley and R.E. Leo A Morin Jr..
Installation Photos – CLICK HERE
York Rite Gold Honor Award – Thursday,April 2 was an very special night.at the Rural Lodge Regular Communication, as Wor. Jacob T. Yanovich received the prestigious Massachusetts York Rite Gold Honor Award. It was presented in recognition of the extraordinary effort led by Jacob to ensure continuity and recovery from the terrible fire that destroyed the Hancock St Masonic Building and home of Rural Lodge. Click for more..
YORK RITE MASONRY – As a Master Mason, you asked for and received more Light and took obligations In the rituals and lessons of the first 3 degrees in your Lodge you were given a word. This was a substitute word to be used until future generations would find the Master’s word. This substitute word allows you to visit Masonic Lodges and identify yourself as a Master Mason. Did you ever wonder what the real word was? In the York Rite of Freemasonry during the Chapter Degrees the word is found and communicated to you.
The journey continues by joining brother Master Masons in search of more Light and the lost Master’s word. The Royal Arch degree was, and still is in England, a part of the Master Mason’s 3rd Degree. It was the culmination of the story and path you started as an Entered Apprentice. Continue your Masonic education by joining your local Royal Arch Chapter. See our “JOIN” page for an excellent video explaining York Rite Masonry and how to seek membership.
Links to the Grand York Rite Bodies of Massachusetts
Grand Royal Arch Chapter Grand Council of MA Grand Commandery of Massachusetts Knights Templar of MA & RI