At a recent meeting of Robin Hood Lodge No. 1493,
W. Bro. J. A. Starling Assistant Provincial Grand Master, led the Provincial Craft team in a Ceremonial visit. The impressive impact such a visit has is well known to those who have experienced such occasions. It was particularly apposite that, at this meeting, W. Bro. Hedley Mason who, earlier this year, received from Excellent Companion M. F. Holliday Deputy Grand Superintendent, a certificate to mark his 50 years in the Royal Arch, was presented with another certificate, this time to mark his 60 years as a Freemason.
At this auspicious meeting a presentation of ‘Talking Heads’ was given. There was a goodly number of experienced Royal Arch members in attendance, and it was gratifying to hear so many of them say how much they had enjoyed the presentation and, interestingly, how it had clarified certain historical and ceremonial aspects of the Order. More importantly, the presentation generated much interest among the younger brethren, and aroused their interest in what lies beyond the Craft, and how they might complete their Craft experience.
‘Talking Heads’ is a presentation designed specifically for use in the normal meeting of a Craft Lodge. It was first presented in Nottinghamshire at a meeting of Notts. Installed Masters Lodge in 2014.
This educational initiative is a key element within the ‘Initiation to Exaltation’ Masonic journey. It introduces the Holy Royal Arch (or Chapter) to new Masons as well as re-introducing the Order to others who have previously considered joining and those existing Companions wishing to learn more.
‘Talking Heads’ is a short playlet of an encounter between two lodge members; one an experienced Past Master (and Royal Arch Companion) and the other a Master Mason curious to know more. It covers the history of the Order, explanation of the regalia, links to the Craft, why the Royal Arch is the climax and completion of pure Antient Freemasonry, the time and financial commitments involved, how to discover more and how to find a Chapter to join.
The encounter starts in the anteroom just outside the lodge room at a Craft meeting with the two brothers opening their cases and getting prepared for their meeting. It lasts about 35 minutes and covers questions ranging from idle curiosity "why is it a separate Order?" to more personal speculations such as “what is the Master Mason in the 21st century missing by not being a member of the Royal Arch?”
The ‘Talking Heads’ team is happy to give this presentation at any Lodge in Nottinghamshire. Please contact the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra for details.