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From the book on Royal Arch Masonry
from 1783. (England)


 

 

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According to information of the lodge that existed in Belgrade in 1800’s, Freemasonry emerged in Serbia in early nineteenth century,  However, the first just and duly constituted  Masonic Lodge was established in 1876 by the Grand Orient of Italy under the name of "Light of the Balkans". In the years that followed, until the First World War, several lodges were working in Serbia under the protection of various foreign Grand Lodges. With the construction of the first Masonic Temple in Belgrade in 1912 by the Lodge Pobratim, and the foundation of the  Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1909, Serbian Freemasons had established the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Serbia, under whose protection  all  of the lodges on the territory of Serbia came. Finally, in 1918, at the conclusion of the First World War , the Grand Lodge of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes - Yugoslavia was established and all the lodges on the territory of the newly formed state came under the protection of the Grand Lodge. The Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Serbia changed its name to the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Yugoslavia. When the Grand Lodge ceased operating in 1941 after the outbreak of the Second World War, and again awakened after the collapse of communism in 1990, this tradition of working only with the degrees of the  Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite continued.

York Rite, not only that it wasn’t practiced, but it wasn’t much known among Masons in Serbia as well. Certainly, a number of individuals among the Serbian Freemasons, especially those who belonged to American and Western European Jurisdictions, received the degree of Royal Arch Masons and tried to connect Masonic organizations in Serbia with the Grand Chapters in the west.

At the end of the nineties some Serbian Freemasons have become members of the Royal Arch Chapters in England and tried to expend English tradition of Royal Arch Masonry in Serbia. Another group of Masons from Serbia joined the Royal Arch Chapters in Zagreb (Croatia) who worked under the Grand Chapter of Austria, and they also tried to expand the American tradition in Serbia. But there was not a significant progress in the development of Royal Arch Masonry in Serbia until 2012, when the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Serbia Vladimir S. Markovic received the degrees of the York Rite, including the degree of Royal Arch,  in France, under the auspices of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International.

Finally, in October 2013, under the auspices of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of South Carolina, three new Chapters were established in Belgrade:   King Solomon No. 64, Keystone. No.65, and Harmony No.66. After a year working under dispensation, on October  17 th 2014, at the annual meeting of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of South Carolina, , these Chapters received their Charters and became a just and duly constituted Chapters of the Royal Arch Masons.

On November 1st  2014, at the joint meeting of the three Chapters in Belgrade, in the presence of the Grand High Priest of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of South Carolina and other Grand Officers, it was decided, with the permission of the Grand Chapter of South Carolina, that these three Chapters form a new Grand Chapter under the name Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Serbia.

Grand Officers and Grand High Priest of the new Grand Chapter were elected and then installed into their Offices by the Grand High Priest of the  Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of South Carolina. Bro. Vladimir S. Markovic, Past Gtrand Master of the UGLS, was elected and installed as Grand High Priest. Following this, the First Grand Session of the Grand Chapter of Serbia was held and the Contitutions and By-Laws were adopted. The Headquarters the Grand Chapter RAM of Serbia is in Belgrade. Regular Annual Assemblies are held every year in October.

The three founding Chapers were given new numbers: King Solomon No. 1 Keystone No. 2.  and Harmony No.3. During the first year the number of members of the three Chapters doubled.

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The Coat of Arms of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Serbia consists of the Coat of Arms of Serbia in the center of which the main symbol of the Royal Arch ( Triple Tau within Triangle in the Circle) has been placed. Above it is Arc of Covenant under the Arch on the top of which is A Keystone. On both sides, two Cherubims were placed with open wings covering all of the elements, and symbolizing a Divine protection of the Royal arch Masons by the God Almighty.

Bellow it, the motto of the Royal Arch Masons “ Glory to the Lord” was written, and on the side of it was written the year of the establishment of the Grand Chapter of Royal arch Masons of Serbia – 2014 ( 2544 in the Royal Arch calendar).

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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Serbia has under its protection three Chapters: King Solomon No.1, Keystone No.2, and Harmony No.3. All three Chapters work in the Orient of Belgrade. It is planned in the near future, to establish a new Chapter in the Orient of Novi Sad.

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Charity work and humanitarian activities represent one of the main activities of the members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Serbia. Through their material contributions, and personal involvement, Companions support numerous groups, institutions, and individuals in need of assistance. This represent the continuation of the honorable tradition of Serbian Freemasons, who were from the very beginings, one hundred and fifty years ago, founders and supporters of some of the first charity organizations in Serbia. In last seven years, Freemasons, members of the UGLS, organized numerous charity events, which had significant results and were received with approval from the domestic and foreign press.

Grand Chapter of Serbia, whose members are all members of the UGLS, continue this tradition. Charity work, in an effort to improve living conditions of the citizens of Serbia, who are in need, is included as one of the major articles of the Contitutions of the GCS and one of the main obligations of all Royal Arch Masons.

 

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