Symbolism of the Royal Arch Degree

As a bit of background recall that, in 2016, the Committee on Education of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma developed thirty-five Lessons on Capitular Masonry, in an effort to foster more opportunities for educational presentations during Chapter meetings. Each of these thirty-five lessons outlines a self-contained educational presentation. The material for these lessons is drawn from two readily available sources:

THE COURSE — The Capitular Masonry Education Course, which was published in 2014 by the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Oklahoma.

THE RITUAL — The Ritual of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Oklahoma, as adopted in 1932, with subsequent amendments.

Every other month we will suggest one of these lessons that a High Priest may use, if he so desires, as an educational presentation in his Chapter meeting.

This month’s suggested lesson for Chapter meetings is “Royal Arch Lesson #16,” which is found on p. 38 of the Lessons on Capitular Masonry.

Outline of the Lesson:

(i) Read the excerpt of the Royal Arch ritual regarding the “Working Tools and Principal Emblems” and the “Apron Presentation” beginning near the bottom of p. 133 and ending on p. 135 of THE RITUAL.

(ii) Read the sections on “The Number Three,” “The Triple Tau,” and “The Symbol of the Holy Royal Arch” found on pp. 137-142 of THE COURSE.

Discussion Questions:

(i) Answer questions 18-20 on pp. 148-149 of THE COURSE.

(ii) The “Triple Tau” is both a symbol of salvation and a mark of distinction. Discuss the relationship between the “point within the circle” and the “Triple Tau.” What do the three “Taus” represent? How are they represented?

(iii) Discuss the true meaning of the Holy Royal Arch. Discuss what you believe to be the most important lesson of the Royal Arch Degree.

These questions are only meant to begin the discussion and to hopefully spark further discussion and interest in the chosen topic.