Quarterly Communication 10 September 2003
Report of the Board of General Purposes
Status of the Royal Arch
The Pro Grand Master's Working Party on the Royal Arch degree has been considering the status of the Royal Arch and its relationship to the Craft.
It has concluded that the Preliminary Declaration to the Book of Constitutions, which reflects the settlement agreed at the Union of the two Grand Lodges in 1813, stands in need of clarification.
The Board accordingly recommends that a further paragraph be added to the Preliminary Declaration and the following Notice of Motion to amend the Book of Constitutions was moved by the Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes:
That the following words be added as a second paragraph to the Preliminary Declaration to the Book of Constitutions:
"At the Quarterly Communication of 10 December 2003 the United Grand Lodge of England acknowledged and pronounced the status of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch to be 'an extension to, but neither a superior nor a subordinate part of, the Degrees which precede it'."
Board of General Purposes Meetings in 2004
In accordance with the requirements of Rule 225 of the Book of Constitutions, notice is hereby given of the dates upon which the Board of General Purposes will meet in 2004: 10 February, 16 March, 11 May, 20 July, 21 September, 9 November.
Attendance at Lodges Overseas
The continuing growth in overseas travel brings with it an increase in visits by our Brethren to Lodges of other jurisdictions, and the Board welcomes this trend.
From time to time, however, Brethren become involved with Masonic bodies which Grand Lodge does not recognise, e.g., in visiting a jurisdiction which, quite legitimately so far as it is concerned, accepts as visitors Brethren from Grand Lodges which are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England.
In this connection, Brethren are reminded that it is part of their duty as members of the English Constitution not to associate Masonically with members of unrecognised constitutions, and should such a situation occur, they should tactfully withdraw, even though their visit may have been formally arranged.
To avoid this danger, and potential embarrassment to hosts, Brethren should not attempt to make any Masonic contact overseas without having first checked (preferably in writing) with the Grand Secretary's office at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ, that there is recognised Freemasonry in the country concerned and, if so, whether there is any particular point which should be watched.
The Board recommends that the terms of this warning should be repeated:
(a) verbally in open Lodge whenever a Grand Lodge certificate is presented, and (b) in print once a year in a Lodge's summons.
Brethren should also be aware of the Masonic convention that communications between Grand Lodges be conducted by Grand Secretaries. They should therefore not attempt without permission to make direct contact with the Grand Secretary of another Constitution.
The Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes moved:
'That in order that they may amalgamate with other Lodges, Trafford Lodge No. 1496 (West Lancashire); Duke of York Lodge No. 2449 (East Lancashire); Duchess of York Lodge No. 2482 (East Lancashire); and Dudley Castle Lodge No. 4437 (Worcestershire) be removed from the register of the Grand Lodge.'
The proposal was agreed.
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by the MW The Grand Master showing the date from which their Warrants became effective:
Date of Warrant
No. and Name of Lodge / Location / Area
1 May 2003
9770 Old School House / Beaconsfield / Buckinghamshire
9771 Laconi / Ipswich / Suffolk
11 June 2003
9772 Canonbury Tower / Canonbury Place / London
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