- Published: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:13
- Written by Super User
As the 12th Most Excellent Grand High Priest, it is an honor to greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior and welcome you to the jurisdictional website of Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida has a rich history of Royal Arch Masonry, which dates back as far as 1897. Just as our forefathers have done, we strive to be of greater service to this craft and the sojourners within our order. You are cordially invited to actively participate in and support Holy Royal Arch Masonry, not just in Florida, but throughout other jurisdictions as well.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to tour this website. Our mission is built on dedication and commitment in support of a cause that embodies, Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. The goal of this administration is to “R.E.P.” in a positive manner by promoting and encouraging members to Rededicate, Educate and Participate on a continued basis. We know a working Mason is a productive one.
On behalf of all the Prince Hall Holy Royal Arch Masons of Florida, I again bid you welcome.
Welcome to the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter of Florida, Prince Hall Affiliated.
Let me thank you for visiting our website. I want thank our webmaster for all the time and efforts put into getting the site up to date and back online. This website will serve a means of communication to the jurisdiction.
As we begin with this administration let me assure you that we are ready to go to work and take Holy Royal Arch Masonry to another level. The Holy Royal Arch is about rediscovery and rededictation. Ezra 5:2 NIV states, “Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.”
The mission of this grand chapter is to inspire and encourage each other to seek masonic knowledge and to implementation its tenets to improve oneself.
I want to thank all that attended the 112th Annual Grand Convocation of the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons of Florida and Jurisdictions, P.H.A. Because of your support, the session was a success.
We offer our thanks and appreciation to the Honorable Anthony T. Stafford 33°(A) KYCH, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and all other Department Heads in attendance for their support and encouragement of Holy Royal Arch Masonry in the State of Florida.
The 112th Grand Convocation will forever be a moment in time that holds a place of honor for me because all the companions and brothers and sisters opened their arms and hearts to welcome me in as their Most Excellent Grand High Priest. Because of all the love showed, I am deeply humbled by the experience and the opportunity to serve the august body of men in Florida. I am reminded that humility is the greatest of the virtues and the mother of all the others. It is the foundation of strength and the outer manifestation of wisdom.
To the elected officers and deputies, I congratulate you also on this great opportunity to be of service to your companions. Remember our goal is to lead by example and not assault. We will train and encourage the future leaders of this august body. The mission statement summarizes who and what we stand for as Holy Royal Arch Masons. It states, “To promote Prince Hall Affiliated Holy Royal Arch Masonry throughout Florida and its Jurisdiction. To encourage and practice the spiritual concepts of harmony, peace, love, and unity within the order while providing educational, fraternal, and benevolent assistance to our members and disburse charity to the less fortunate in our society.” We plan to represent the best Royal Arch has to offer by returning to the basics of Rededication, Education and Participation; not problems, but solutions.
As we embark upon this journey, I ask that you pray for me as I pray for you. The breast plate outwardly teaches us that as Jesus is our heavenly High Priest we are constantly in his heart when he stands before the FATHER and on his mind constantly is HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
Yours in the bond of 3 x 3
Lewis Thurston, 33°
Most Excellent Grand High Priest
I invite each and every member of this Royal Arch family to join me in this new journey; that each of us will make a pledge to represent the Holy Royal Arch and commit to our plan of Rededication, Education and Participation (R.E.P.).
Vision Statement – A harmonious Jurisdiction
"To promote Prince Hall Affiliated Holy Royal Arch Masonry, throughout the state of Florida and Jurisdictions. To encourage and practice the spiritual concepts of harmony, peace, love and unity within the order while providing educational, fraternal and benevolent assistance to our members and disburse charity to the less fortunate in our society."
Goals Statement: This administration’s goal is to lead by example and not assault. It is my desire to train and encourage the future leaders of this august body and we firmly embrace the mission statement as the epitome of who we are and what we stand for:
· Ask each Holy Royal Arch Mason to rededicate himself to the mission and obligation.
· To encourage the membership to research and publish article related to Holy Royal Arch Masonry.
· To foster a feeling of togetherness with the Companions and Heroines of Jericho.
· To assist with insuring every HOJ Court has a Joshua and three Court Directors and these individuals be active Holy Royal Arch Masons.
· To strengthen and support our local leadership teams, because I realize we don’t know it all.
· To increase membership by 25 percent.
The constituent Most Excellent Grand Chapters of Holy Royal Arch Masonry, having convened, in oneness of mind, spirit, and objective, independently consent to confer as The General Grand Conference of Grand Chapters, to maintain and preserve the ancient traditions, customs, and usages of Holy Royal Arch Masonry, to perpetuate its fundamental principles, to safeguard its York Rite integrity, to set the standards of ritualistic uniformity and unanimity among its members, to strengthen the bond of Royal Arch Fraternity, to share in the identity of our common interest, and to assist the Most Excellent Grand Chapters in the resolution of common and unique challenges to our arts and practices, do construct and bind ourselves to these standards by which wisdom, justice, and equity compel us for our regulated government, to the honor of our holy purpose, the blessings of Divine Providence, and the glory of The Great I am.
Why we have Installation Weekend
Under PMEGHP Finerson the Installation Weekend was started with the concept, and keeping in according with Masonic Tradition, that it is the responsibility of the MEGHP or his designees to install and provide training to all newly elected officers of all subordinate chapters.
The administering of Past High Priest Degree, which was previously done by a committee consisting of Past High Priests was levied on the Past Grand High Priest Council by the MEGHP to create continuity and correctness.
We also use this weekend as a time when the MEGHP can share his vision with the leadership team of each chapter. Also the officers get a chance to meet and share ideas during the breakout session where they should brainstorm on ways to inspire their chapters.
The purpose of the installation weekend is needed just as much today as it was several years ago.
Royal Arch Masonry is not a religion and does not endeavor to fix ones conception of God. Royal Arch Masonry regards your religious belief as your own; it does not attempt to influence your belief. It only asks that you have a belief. The motto of the Royal Arch is "Holiness To The Lord" and ever reminds us of the reverence due the Great and Beneficient Author of our existence, who is a Being without beginning of days or ending of years.