Ceremony of the Veils Unveiled

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On Wednesday 25th October Pelham Chapter of Royal Arch Masons hosted a Ceremonial Visit of Provincial Grand Chapter at the Worksop Masonic Hall where the seldom-seem Ceremony of ‘The Passing of the Veils’ was demonstrated by a team of Provincial Grand Chapter Officers.

This ceremony, which can only be performed under licence, shows the historical link between Craft masonry and the Holy Royal Arch. About 100 Companions present witnessed the journey of a Past Master (as was required at the time) passing through the four intervening steps prior to his Exaltation.

The Demonstration Team, led by E Comp Tony Hopewell, performed the ancient ceremony to perfection and to the enjoyment of the entire audience. There was plenty to learn from this ‘lost’ ritual which showed how parts of the modern ceremony had been derived and gave new insights and understanding of the Royal Arch degree.

At the start of the proceedings, The MEZ of Pelham Chapter, E Comp Karl Spencer welcomed the Grand Superintendent, E Comp Richard Gutteridge and the Provincial Officers before offering the sceptre to the ME Grand Superintendent who then opened the Chapter.

Following the demonstration a cheque for £800 in aid of the 2018 Festival was presented to the Grand Superintendent, who immediately passed it on to the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Philip Marshall who thanked the Chapter for their generosity.

After the Convocation 96 Companions enjoyed an excellent Festive Board. The event had been superbly organised by the Scribe E of Pelham Chapter, E Comp Richard Martin and his team. The Province extends congratulations to all involved - not least to Comp Nick Heaward-Ferriter, who, just one month after his own Exaltation, acted as an excellent Candidate for the Ceremony.