A busy evening at Saint Macarius Conclave
Ill.Kt. Andrew Fox and his band of Worthy Knights has a busy evening at Surbiton; not content with the planned Proclamation of the Sovereign to continue in Office and the Consecration and Installation of a new Viceroy, the availability of a Candidate saw a late change to the agenda – all under the watchful eye of the Intendant General on an Official Visit, accompanied by A busy evening at Saint Macarius Conclaveseveral Divisional Officers together with W.Kts. Steve Rowlands and Dave Reid, Captain and Deputy Captain of the Sepulchre Guard and four Members of the Sepulchre Guard!

A busy evening at Saint Macarius Conclave Ill.Kt. Andrew Fox opened the Conclave in due form; the Herald then responded to a report, and W.Kt. Steve Rowlands (acting Divisional Marshal) entered to advise that the Intendant General Robert Hancock was without. The Sepulchre Guard was called to Order, and the Intendant General entered in procession with W.Kts. Steve Jones (Standard Bearer) and Roger Short (Sword Bearer).  After being saluted with seven times one-and-three, the Inspector General thanked the Conclave for the welcome, introduced the Divisional team, then relinquished the throne back to the Most Puissant Sovereign.

A busy evening at Saint Macarius ConclaveAfter the minutes of the last meeting (from January 2020!) were approved, and the Dispensation read, Companion Ian Bloodworth was entrusted and prepared. Companion Ian was then admitted, received, constituted and installed a Knight Companion of the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, in an enjoyable ceremony including active participation by a number of the Visitors.

A busy evening at Saint Macarius Conclave While W.Kt. Ian was afforded a few moments to ponder his installation, Ill.Kt. Andrew Fox was Proclaimed to continue as Most Puissant A busy evening at Saint Macarius ConclaveSovereign for a further year; this was followed by the Consecration and Installation of W.Kt. Harry McConville as Viceroy.  In the ensuing appointment and investiture of the officers, our new W.Kt. Ian received an instant appointment as Orator.

A busy evening at Saint Macarius Conclave The last duties then having been performed, the Conclave was closed in due form; the Sepulchre Guard was again called to Order, and the Most Puissant Sovereign accompanied by the Intendant General retired in procession; after refreshment and conversation in the bar, the assembled knights enjoyed dinner of poached pear starter, sea bass main and a brandy snap basket dessert.

Saint Macarius Conclave meets at Surbiton on the 3rd Tuesday January and 2nd Tuesday June.

Royal Arch Masons who are Trinitarian Christians are entitled to seek membership of the Order.

Article and photos by Andrew Banks



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