At their convocation on 5th January, the Companions of the Herschel Chapter featured the Ensigns of the Twelve Tribes. that form a central part of the furnishings of a Royal Arch Chapter.. To begin with, a large number of the members present participated, under the direction of their MEZ, E.Comp. Stephen Knight, in a ritualised presentation of the explanation of the ensigns and the principle banners of a Royal Arch chapter. Following this, the visiting Second Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp Paul Cawte, gave a talk on the ‘Origin and History of the Twelve Tribes’ (by E.Comp. Leslie Harborne), including some additional research that he had prepared especially for his visit.
Many of the members present agreed that it had been a most intersting and thought-provoking experience and helped them a great deal to better understand the historical aspects of the ritual story that is the basis of the Royal Arch Exaltation ceremony.
“It is encouraging to see Chapters planning to include talks like this in their convocations.” commented Paul. “It certainly makes for an interesting meeting and helps to provide members with information to enhance their appreciation and understanding of the Royal Arch.”
There are a number of talks and lectures listed under the RESOURCES tab on the new Buckinghamshire website. Scribes ‘E’ can book these talks for their convocations by contacting John Stribling, the Provincial Grand Scribe E email@example.com.