Welcome to the Ocala Chapter webpage. We invite sojourning Royal Arch Masons to join us for Capitular fellowship. Our Stated Convocations are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Citrus Masonic Lodge No. 118, Inverness, Florida.

Officers for 2018
High Priest Lynn F. Coleman, KYCH
E-mail: lfc2902@comcast.net Phone: 352-259-1911
2902 Cheltenham Ct. The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: 352-259-1911

King Wayne A. Baker
E-mail: papio812@yahoo.com

Scribe Bruce A. Reinartsen, Sr.
E-mail: barsr32552@yahoo.com

Treasurer Anthony J. Marotta, PGHP
E-mail taz1957@tampabay.rr.com

Secretary Dana K. Oldenburg
E-mail: widowssonfl@yahoo.com

Ocala Chapter Charity - Royal Arch Research Assistance (RARA)
 Ocala Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Masons sponsor and support the Royal Arch Research Assistance. It is dedicated in helping children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders. With the contributions of Royal Arch Masons, supports the Kids Able Foundation, a non-profit organization, which helps in the understand and treatment of individuals with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). CAPD is a condition wher a person has difficulty in processing or interpreting auditory information when in less than optimal listening environment. For more information click here. If you wish to donate to R.A.R.A., please remit your donation to: Ocala York Rite Bodies P. O. Box 292 Lecanto, FL 34460-0292

Capitular Degrees
The work on the Temple continues. Amplifying the Fellowcraft Degree, we are taught that knowledge we received there can be employed most usefully and judiciously for our honor and the profit of others. A beautiful lesson is exemplified, inculcating the truth that although we are often misunderstood, underrated and traduced, there is ONE who will make the rejected stone the head of the corner.

This Degree begins the preparation for the Royal Arch, which we are told was removed from the Symbolic Degrees, of which it was once a part, to reserve it for the more earnest seeker of more Light in Masonry. Originally only Past Masters of Lodges were admitted to the sublime secrets of the Royal Arch. This meant that very few could receive them. The Degree of Past Master (virtual) teaches the candidate that he must first learn to obey before he can rule, and to govern himself before he can govern others.

 This is a significant Degree in Ancient Craft Masonry. King Solomon's Temple, which was begun so auspiciously and halted so dramatically in the Third Degree, is completed amid much rejoicing and great splendor. The labors of the Craft are given the blessing of the Lord, who descended as fire from heaven. King Solomon, in his gratitude, received and acknowledged them Most Excellent Masters, empowered them to travel and receive Master's Wages, and charged them with the responsibility of sharing their Masonic Light and Knowledge with those less informed.

 In this Degree we find the completion to the Master's Degree and the Recovery of the Word. After the death of King Solomon, his magnificent Temple was destroyed and the Israelites carried away as captives to Babylon, where they lived for about 76 years. Here, many acquired considerable wealth and attained high rank and influence in the Chaldean government. However, when liberated by King Cyrus, many of them returned to Jerusalem and began rebuilding the Temple. While this work was going on and rubbish of the ruins of the first Temple was being cleared away, many interesting and valuable discoveries were made, chief of which was the recovery of the Lost Word. With the recovery of that which was lost, it would seem to the novitiate that his search for Light was ended. However in order that he might better acquire the lessons, a seemingly inverse movement of the Degrees, historically, is setup.

This is a "chair" degree which is conferred on present or past High Priests, usually during the time of the state Grand Chapter meeting. It tells the story of Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and his encounter with Melchizedek, High Priest of Salem. The High Priest is then solemnly anointed, consecrated and set apart to the Holy Order of High Priesthood.

 Do you have the True Secret Word of a Master Mason?

 Are you willing to become that future generation mentioned in the Master Mason degree to receive the True Word?

 Do you want to know and enhance your Masonic knowledge and education?

 Be the Future Generation described in the Master Mason degeree.

 Complete your Master Mason degree.

 Fill out a petition and join a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.

Ocala Chapter History
Ocala Chapter was chartered in 1888. The Minutes of the Chapter prior to April 16, 1906 were lost and are no longer available. The Chapter appears to have been inactive for a period prior to April 17, 1906. Former members of Ocala Chapter No. 13 petitioned the Grand Chapter for restoration of their Chapter charter. On April 17, 1906, this request was granted by Grand High Priest O. S. Wright. On Aril 24, 1906, with GHP Wright presiding, the line officers were elected and installed. The following installed officers were:

G. S. Scott High Priest
A. E. Gehrig King
I. Sherwin Scribe
George MacKay Treasurer
Jake Brown Secretary
N. I. Gottlieb Captain of the Host
J. A. Bouvier Principal Sojourner
L. F. Blalock Royal Arch Captain
W. J. Chambers Master of the 1st Veil
S. H. Martin Master of the 2nd Veil
O. W. Gale Master of the 3rd Veil
R. E. Young Sentinel

Ocala Chapter No. 13 Past High Priests
1906 Scott, G. S. 1936 Ferguson, W. V. 1966 Hill, William C. 1996 Smith, James A.
1907 Scott, G. S. 1937 Krueger, Henry 1967 Moore, James R. 1997 DiPasca, Albin W.
1908 Gottlieb, N. I. 1938 Needham, William 1968 Hall, Karl S. 1998 Rudman, James P.
1909 Gottlieb, N. I. 1939 Reiner, O. S. 1969 Sykes, Thomas K. 1999 Eastman, Durward
1910 Blalock, L. F 1940 Winfield, J. A. 1970 Evers, Luther T. 2000 Aponte, David A.
1911 Bouvier, J. A. 1941 Theus, C. W. 1971 Smith, Alexander K. 2001 Moffett, Richard H.
1912 Cormier, C. E. (?) 1942 Jordan, W. C. 1972 Smith, Alexander K. 2002 Mitchell, Steve
1913 Cormier, C. E. (?) 1943 Hunter Jr., A. S. 1973 Broaddus, George H. 2003 Marotta Jr., Anthony
1914 Simmons, C. E. 1944 Hunter Jr., A. S. 1974 Hammaker, Phil W. 2004 Ayres, Benjamin
1915 Wesson, H. S. 1945 Smith, Alexander K. 1975 Schotter, John 2005 Walls, Charles Alan
1916 Burnett, A. E. 1946 Tomlinson, W. L. 1976 Finney, Charles B. 2006 Padron Jr., Michael
1917 Webb, Bradford C. 1947 Wilson, P. E. 1977 McKelvey, John R 2007 Salls, Steed
1918 Bouvier, J. A. 1948 Quixley, C. L. 1978 Tickner, John W. 2008 Mundreanu, Lucian
1919 Cormier, C. E. (?) 1949 Barco, James O. 1979 Clemmons, Junius C. 2009 Sessa, Wayne
1920 Wesson, H. S. 1950 Stewart, Oscar 1980 Burke, Franklin H. 2010 Duff, Larry D.
1921 Wesson, H. S. 1951 Thompson, V. C. 1981 Burke, Franklin H. 2011 Baker, Wayne
1922 Lucas, A. L. 1952 Laird, Henry B. 1982 Long, Harold R.
1923 Lucas, A. L. 1953 Forbes, I. U. 1983 Corbin, Kenneth L.
1924 Lucas, A. L 1954 Ehlers, Franklin F 1984 Hinton, James M.
1925 Lucas, A. L. 1955 Nelson, Walter 1985 Riesdorph, Frederick
1926 Lucas, A. L. 1956 Kellam, Arthur L. 1986 Sanchez, Leonard
1927 Lucas, A. L. 1957 Sprinkle, H. J. 1987 Reiner, Bernard
1928 Baugert, C. A. 1958 Marwick, Arthur R. 1988 Ehlers, Edward W.
1929 Baugert, C. A. 1959 Smith, James O. 1989 Freund, William J
1930 Baugert, C. A 1960 Watson, Philip L. 1990 Gynan, William R.
1931 Robertson Jr., J. D. 1961 McDonell, Harold Ray 1991 Stephens, A. Dix
1932 Robertson Jr., J. D. 1962 Dunn, Wallace 1992 Watts, Edward J.
1933 Jennings, A. B. 1963 Seals, John H. 1993 Lousier, Fred L.
1934 Jennings, A. B. 1964 Smith, Alexander K. 1994 Mahler, Louis R.
1935 Ferguson, W. V. 1965 Tubbs, Elmer L. 1995 Johnson, Jarvis H.

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