Whilst there are other Masonic Orders, all of which require Craft membership as a pre-requisite, many of them also need candidates to have been exalted into the Royal Arch.
Usually a Royal Arch Chapter is attached to a specific Lodge and in the main, adopts its name and number, but not all Lodges have a Chapter. It therefore follows that many Companions of a Chapter will come from different Lodges, and perhaps from different Provinces.
As a Master Mason in the Craft you can join a Royal Arch Chapter four weeks after being Raised to the Third Degree. It is both a natural and traditional next step in Freemasonry.
It is not possible to give a definitive answer to this question, as the decision will depend on many personal factors. The essential requirements for exaltation are that a Brother should have come to terms with the lessons and teaching of the Craft, be at ease with the meaning of its allegories and be able to give the time to study and enjoy this new phase of his Masonic progression. Ideally all Master Masons should have taken this important step at least by the time they have been appointed as a Deacon in their Craft Lodge.
Speak to a Royal Arch Representative and talk to them about your particular hopes and situation. They are easy to find as every Lodge within the Province of Sussex has a Royal Arch Representative named on its summons.
There will also be many Brethren who are also Companions and who will be identified by their Royal Arch Breast Jewel, keen and able to give advice about joining the Royal Arch and make the necessary introductions.
If you prefer, you can get in touch with the Provincial Grand Scribe E Anthony Flint at the Sussex Masonic Centre, 25 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3YH. Telephone 01273 325917 or contact us using the form below