Manassas Royal Arch Chapter No. 81

Manassas Royal Arch Chapter No. 81 Manassas Royal Arch Chapter #81 was chartered October 29, 1958 and holds its stated monthly convocati This year's theme is: Friendship - Leadership
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Royal Arch Masonry was practiced and taught in Virginia during much of the 18th century. The first documented evidence of the conferring of the Royal Arch Degree to be found in the world is in the minutes of Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and bears the date of December 22, 1753. At that time the Royal Arch was certainly attached to the work of a regular Lodge, and the work

was done under the Authority of a Master's Warrant. It became evident, however that because of the growing numbers of Chapters and the increasing membership, some specific rules and regulations were needed for the internal government of Royal Arch Chapters. As in all branches of Freemasonry, philanthropy is an important part of Royal Arch Masonry, the main charity supported by the Grand Chapter of Virginia is the Alzheimer's Association.

Paypal links updated on our site for 2022 Dues Payments!
07/09/2021

Paypal links updated on our site for 2022 Dues Payments!

Manassas Chapter No. 81 now accepts dues payments via PayPal.  Please select the PayPal link and follow the instructions to pay your current dues.

It is with a profound sense of sadness that we report that Most Excellent Companion James Milton Scearce, Jr. was called...
10/08/2020

It is with a profound sense of sadness that we report that Most Excellent Companion James Milton Scearce, Jr. was called to the Celestial Lodge above on October 7, 2020. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Most Worshipful Brother and Most Excellent Companion Jim served as Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia in 2016, and served as Past Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 2004.

03/16/2020

From the Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia:

To: All Companions Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia

Re: Response to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Companions:

After receiving the information from the Most Worshipful Grand Master, I concur and I also take the necessary steps for the safety of our Companions.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, all stated convocations are suspended until April 30th, 2020. I set aside Section 97 of the Digest of the Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia. No further paperwork or dispensation is required.

If your meeting is tonight and it is not practical to cancel at the late hour, you may proceed.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Raymond D. Steele
Grand High Priest

11/22/2019

Yay!!! Grand Chapter!

From our dear Companion Paul Lockhart:We are only $1,725 short of raising $15,000 between now and the end of Grand Chapt...
10/18/2019

From our dear Companion Paul Lockhart:

We are only $1,725 short of raising $15,000 between now and the end of Grand Chapter (Nov 21, 2019). Please talk with your neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and ask them to join us on the walk, or make a donation.

The link below will take you to our team. If you haven't done so, please join.

At the end of the walk, We will be heading across the street to Foster's Grill for lunch. There, they will add 20% of my ticket to helping to find a cure for Alzheimer's.

I hope to see you there.

Sincerely and Fraternally yours,

Paul Lockhart, PHP, PDDGHP

Royal Arch Masons 86 has joined the fight to end Alzheimer's. Donate today and help us reach our goal.

10/13/2019

On this day in 1307, King Philip IV of France, who was heavily indebted to the Knights Templar, ordered some 5,000 Templars arrested and their property seized.

The grand master of the order, Jacques de Molay, and several other high-ranking members. were imprisoned. The Templars were charged with heresy, worshiping false idols, so**my, and other crimes against the church. Many were tortured until they confessed to their "crimes."

Ultimately, the king, with the cooperation of the pope, ordered de Molay and a few top Templar officers executed.

Interestingly, prior to the ex*****on, a church inquisition found the Templars innocent of the charges and lifted their excommunication, but the records of the inquisition were "misfiled." After the documents were rediscovered in the Vatican Secret Archive by a researcher in 2001, the Roman church made public the information clearing the name and reputation of the Knights Templar.

Our Potomac Commandery No. 3, K.T., joins today in remembering the order which is the inspiration for the modern-day Masonic Knights Templar.

Photo: 19th century print. Reproduction in An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar, "The Interrogation of Jacques Demolay", James Wasserman.

09/28/2019

Five D. C. Masons were amongst 55 exalted as Royal Arch Masons this afternoon at the Multi-Jurisdictional York Rite Festival in Fredericksburg, Va. Pictured here are four of our new Royal Arch Masons with M. E. Byron Goodwin, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Virginia, who presided over the degree.

Companions, your August Chronicle
08/02/2019

Companions, your August Chronicle

Website for the Manassas Chapter 81, Royal Arch Masons in the Commonwealth of Virgnia, located in Manassas, VA

Good times had and much merriment at the District 17 Table Chapter to end Alzheimer’s!
06/05/2019

Good times had and much merriment at the District 17 Table Chapter to end Alzheimer’s!

04/02/2019

Highly qualified researchers invited to apply for funding of a pilot study and a fellowship dedicated to understanding and treating auditory processing disorders

A moment of silence for our dear Brother and Companion Tom Nofsinger, who laid down his working tools on March 11, 2019
03/15/2019

A moment of silence for our dear Brother and Companion Tom Nofsinger, who laid down his working tools on March 11, 2019

Companions, deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely passing of our very own Companion Thomas Nofsinger on March 11...
03/12/2019

Companions, deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely passing of our very own Companion Thomas Nofsinger on March 11, 2019. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Manasseh Family, it is with our deepest and most heartfelt regret that we inform you that Brother Thomas Nofsigner, dear friend on the Lodge and of Virginia Masonry, has been called to the Celestial Lodge Above last night, March 11, 2019. Please keep his family in your prayers and devotions. Details to follow when we receive them.

02/22/2019

A shekel is commonly thought of as currency. It's actually not. It's a measure of weight. The shekel, as referred to in the Mark Degree, was not a coin, but a weight of gold or silver, which was then passed out to the workmen. Later, the weights were standardized and used to decide the amount of precious metal in a coin for the purpose of minting. Shown here is a Jewish half-shekel. (Source: A Lexicon of Freemasonry, Mackey)

Prayers and thoughts to the loved ones of Companion John Jenkins, member of Manassas RAC 81, who passed to the Celestial...
02/08/2019

Prayers and thoughts to the loved ones of Companion John Jenkins, member of Manassas RAC 81, who passed to the Celestial Lodge above, yesterday, Feb 6, 2019.

Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins passed away Feb. 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a long illness, according to Prince William County officials.

01/30/2019

A $6 million state grant to the Masonic Medical Research Institute is another plus on the regional resume in an area that often frets about the brain

Wonderful Official Visit of our District Deputy, along with our friends at Warren Chapter!  Cake, merriment, and loads o...
01/11/2019

Wonderful Official Visit of our District Deputy, along with our friends at Warren Chapter! Cake, merriment, and loads of fellowship to be had!

Happy New Year, Companions!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year, Companions!

Merry Christmas to all our Companions, their Families, and Friends!!
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas to all our Companions, their Families, and Friends!!

Masonic Education right here in Manassas!  Tickets are LIMITED!
12/15/2018

Masonic Education right here in Manassas! Tickets are LIMITED!

Join us for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Esotericon, an Esoteric conference by Masons, for Masons.

12/07/2018

Today, we pause to commemorate the heroic sacrifice made by brave American warriors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. May you rest in peace.

Companions, your December Chronicle!
11/28/2018

Companions, your December Chronicle!

Website for the Manassas Chapter 81, Royal Arch Masons in the Commonwealth of Virgnia, located in Manassas, VA

To all of our Companions, their loved ones and friends, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
11/22/2018

To all of our Companions, their loved ones and friends, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

The 2019 High Priests of District 17, along with the new Right Excellent Barry Constant. Congrats Companions!
11/18/2018

The 2019 High Priests of District 17, along with the new Right Excellent Barry Constant. Congrats Companions!

District 17's High Priests for 2019, at Grand Annual Convocation.
11/16/2018

District 17's High Priests for 2019, at Grand Annual Convocation.

Public Ceremonies of the Grand Chapter!
11/16/2018

Public Ceremonies of the Grand Chapter!

Our High Priest and I on our way to Grand Chapter!  Pit stop at Denny’s
11/15/2018

Our High Priest and I on our way to Grand Chapter! Pit stop at Denny’s

11/15/2018

From our Grand Almoner Rt. Ex. Paul Lockhart!

Sad news. Prayers for him and his loved ones!
11/13/2018

Sad news. Prayers for him and his loved ones!

Amazing turnout for our Thanksgiving Dinner, Joint Stated and MEM Degree!  Was great to receive our Grand Almoner in the...
11/07/2018

Amazing turnout for our Thanksgiving Dinner, Joint Stated and MEM Degree! Was great to receive our Grand Almoner in the East as well!! See you all at Grand Chapter!!

The Walk is in ONE WEEK, so you can still donate!  Hit the link and help Warren Royal Arch Chapter No 5 and us find a cu...
10/14/2018

The Walk is in ONE WEEK, so you can still donate! Hit the link and help Warren Royal Arch Chapter No 5 and us find a cure for this debilitating disease once and for all!

Royal Arch Masons 86 has joined the fight to end Alzheimer's. Donate today and help us reach our goal.

Royal Arch Masons across the globe!
10/14/2018

Royal Arch Masons across the globe!

09/30/2018
09/25/2018

This Masonic apron may appear fairly traditional, but look closer. In the middle, the black and white floor also contains red. This style comes from the early 1800's and would have denoted that the wearer was a Blue Lodge member, as well as Royal Arch Mason (represented by the red), and a Knight Templar (represented by the black.) This apron was probably made in Philadelphia and was part of the collection of Samuel Perkins, a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. It is now part of the collection of the Library and Museum of the Grand Lodge of PA. (Source: History of Masonic Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, 1919)

Wishing a very successful year to these fine Companions!
09/25/2018

Wishing a very successful year to these fine Companions!

Come to see our dear friends at Potomac Chapter at their installation of Officers!
09/24/2018

Come to see our dear friends at Potomac Chapter at their installation of Officers!

Manassas Royal Arch No. 81 and Warren Royal Arch No. 5 have joined forces to help find a cure for Alzheimer's!  Hit the ...
09/17/2018

Manassas Royal Arch No. 81 and Warren Royal Arch No. 5 have joined forces to help find a cure for Alzheimer's! Hit the link below for details on the walk, and if you can't attend, be sure to donate to a worthy cause!

P.S. - 81 + 5 = 86

Royal Arch Masons 86 has joined the fight to end Alzheimer's. Donate today and help us reach our goal.

My year in the East is complete, and how quickly it flew by!  Was a fantastic dinner; family and fellowship (and a Birth...
09/14/2018

My year in the East is complete, and how quickly it flew by! Was a fantastic dinner; family and fellowship (and a Birthday song and cake for Clancy Nidell). Thank you to all my Officers, their families, and our Companions near and far. Your patience, willingness to try new things, and your love for Royal Arch is what made this year such a resounding success. I am humbled and blessed to be part of this amazing Brotherhood, and I will truly miss my time in the Oriental Chair!

Onward and Upward, and Congrats to Ex. Doyle Meadows, who will no doubt have an amazing year as our new High Priest!! ~~ Joe Martinez

Great article from our friends at General Grand Council!  Give it a read!
09/07/2018

Great article from our friends at General Grand Council! Give it a read!

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The Royal Arch Masons of District 17 are proud to host our annual Table Chapter to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s. All are invited to attend.

Event: District 17 RAM Table Chapter to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s

When: June 4, 2019 at 6:30pm

Where: Kena Shrine – 9500 Technology Drive, Manassas, VA 20110

Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu with Potatoes Au Gratin, Masonic String Beans, salad Dinner Rolls – Catered by Blue Ridge Seafood

Cost: $45.00 ($20 for the meal, $25 for a donation to find a cure for Alzheimer’s) Payment will be taken at the door. However, I will need a head count by May 28th to give to Blue Ridge Seafood

Our guest speakers for the evening will be:

Ana Nelson – Vice President of Programs and Services, National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association – Topic: Advancing the Science the Latest in Alzheimer’s Research:

About the National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association:

“As part of a nationwide network of chapters, the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter provides help and hope to people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families and caregivers in the District of Columbia, five counties in suburban and Southern Maryland and eleven counties in Northern Virginia.”

Erin Rayner – Director, VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s – Topic: Veterans Against Alzheimer’s

About VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s: “VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s is a national network of veterans and their families, military leaders, veterans service organizations, researchers, and clinicians focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as an urgent health issue for veterans.

Unique risk factors for Alzheimer’s as a direct result of their service challenge veterans of all ages. Factors range from service-related injuries such as traumatic brain injury to conditions such as post-traumatic stress and depression.

Our mission is to shine a light on this urgent issue and demand strengthened initiatives and investments to meet the needs of veterans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their caregivers, and their families.”
Bring your Children, Grandchildren and Grown-Up children! Santa will be there to hand out presents! Food and Games, and a very special reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by the Christmas Tree which the little ones ALWAYS enjoy!

All are welcome, please bring your family and friends!!

PS - I think you all have seen this particular Santa Claus before....
An interesting thing happened while I was giving an Alzheimer’s presentation at Manasseh Lodge’s Stated Communication last night.

The Rainbow girls were there preparing the food, serving and cleaning up. They heard my presentation about the upcoming Alzheimer’s walk and I encouraged them to join their parents in the walk.

One of the young ladies came up to me and asked if the Rainbow girls could start their own team. I was thrilled! I helped her set up their team and to encourage their parents and friends to help them out.

I find it amazing how many lives you may touch if you just ask for help.
Reminder for the Rainbow Girls Fundraiser this Saturday, October 7, starts at 5:00pm, come out and support!!
Please help find Bella!!! She was missing last night and has not been found please bring her home! She does not have a collar on. In manassas near sudley and Williamson bu t could be any in the area by now. She is fluffy, Brown and white Aussie . Please call 5712783733 if you have any tips or found her !!