Chapter of Discoveries

             N°. 9409



The Chapter was consecrated on 21st June 1997 by Cmdr. M.B.S. Higham R.N, Grand Scribe E.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday in February (installation), third Thursday in March and the third Thursday in November at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, Lagos.


History & Relation to the Craft

This is an order in Freemasonry, closely associated with Craft Freemasonry.

The first documented evidence of a ‘Royal Arch’ comes from Ireland in 1743; it seems likely that this was an ‘added extra’ worked within craft lodges in England, Ireland and Scotland for many years. Thus it came to be regarded, by the Antients in England, as a fourth degree in Freemasonry.

The Moderns, on the other hand, do not appear to have officially recognised the degree at all (with a few exceptions), leading in due course, to completely separate Royal Arch Chapters.

These differences were partially resolved at the Union of the Grand Lodges in 1813, by a compromise: the new United Grand Lodge of England declared the Royal Arch to be an official and accepted part of ‘Pure and Antient Freemasonry’.

In December 2003 the United Grand Lodge of England acknowledged and pronounced the status of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch to be “an extension to, but neither a superior nor a subordinate part of, the degrees which precede it”.

Whilst the Royal Arch is, therefore, an integral part of Freemasonry and interwoven with the Craft, it is organised as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees, the teachings of which it completes.

Chapter Meetings.

The Chapter uses the Domatic ritual.

All meetings are held at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, 8600-678, Lagos.
2018 – Tuesday 6th  February (Installation), Thursday  15th  March*, Thursday 15th November*.

* The March and November Convocations will meet at 3.30pm (before the Lodge of Discoveries meeting).


Due to the Hotel being refurbished,  the February Convocation will be at:

Tivoli Marina Hotel, Portimao (GPS 37º 07′ 07.71″N 8º 31′ 45.42″W)

2018 Agenda

Our next convocation will be.

6th February 2018, Tyling at 5.30pm.

Ceremony: Installation


Creamy Vegetable Soup with Extra Virgin Oil

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Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Sauce

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Pannacotta with Red Fruits

(Subject to change)

White and Red Wine Tivoli Selection, Draught Beer, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks and Juices.


The dining fee is €28.00 – to confirm is to commit.

Companions/Brethren are requested to confirm their dining arrangements with the Scribe E/Secretary,

No later than midday on Friday 2nd February.

We look forward to greeting ALL qualified members of Royal Arch Masonry, if you are not known to us please furnish a letter of introduction from your Scribe E/Supreme Grand Chapter.

Scribe E

J. E. Bergstrom-Potter. PPrGStdB (Essex).

Mob: (+351) 910 666 613
Tel: (+ 351) 282 997 439
Email :

Grand Inspector

V.W.Bro R. S. Levitt

Tel: 214 671 396


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