Manor of Swanburn Chapter 8647 recently hosted The Bucks Provincial Stewards Chapter 9222 who gave a demonstration of the ceremony of the Passing the Veils.
Dating from the late 18th Century, the ceremony probably traces its origins to the days when the Royal Arch ceremony was largely a Christian degree.
Following the Union of the Grand Chapters in 1817 and the major revision of the degree in 1835 the ceremony of the veils fell from regular use in English Royal Arch Masonry. It is now only formally practised in the Province of Bristol.
The demonstration was extremely well received and enjoyed by all those present.
Manor of Swanburn Chapter M.E.Z. Eugene Matthias told the assembled companions how grateful he was for the time and effort the Stewards had put into the work for the evening, and donated half of the Festive Board raffle takings, of £260, to the Stewards Chapter M.E.Z. Graham McGowan-Smyth, towards the Stewards charities.
Picture shows the Principals of Manor of Swanburn Chapter with the members of the Stewards demonstration team.