Saturday 1st June saw 144 brethren gather on a sunshine-bathed day at the Provincial Grand Lodge in Leicester to witness another excellent ceremony delivered by this volunteer team under the guidance of Ill.·.Bro P Brockbank, 32°, once again. This included nine members of the 33º, led by M.·.Ill.·.Bro AW Hanbury-Bateman: the current Grand Marshal of the Supreme Council 33º who was supported by a Director of Ceremonies from the Supreme Council.
This 13° ceremony took its roots from verse 4 of Psalm 68 according to the Francken manuscripts. The workings showed not only how a great deal of our current ritual arose, but it also had considerable similarities with the current ritual of both the Holy Royal Arch and Knights Templar. Spectators were left in no doubt about the long-standing interconnection between these religious Orders.
As the M.·.Ill.·.Bro AW Hanbury-Bateman said in his summary, this ceremony is one of the most interesting and instructive of all the Intermediate Degrees and it was delivered in a splendid manner by the Chapter of Improvement. An awareness of these intermediate degrees does nothing but enhance our appreciation of the beauty and purity of our Order and so readers who were not amongst this happy gross are encouraged to seek out one of the remaining opportunities to see it this year.
After just sixty-five minutes all business was ended and most attendees adjourned to a splendid Festive Board.