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A GENERAL COMPARISON BETWEEN THE MASONIC INITIATION AND THE ROYAL ARCH PURPLE DEGREE.

In the unpublished draft to the 'History of the Royal Arch Purple Order' book, the Order explains how the Royal Arch Purple degree was developed from the "three pre-1800 degrees." They also outline the general content of the degree and compare it to that of Freemasonry. They state that: "There are at least twelve points in the one that can be found in the other." They list them as (1) "The preparation of a candidate." (2) "The taking of an obligation." (3) "The penalties." (4) "The method of gaining entrance." (5) "The hostile reception." (6) "The entrance pass." (7) "The testing of a candidate." (8) "The act of circumambulation." (9) The "interruption on each circuit." (10) "The five points of fellowship." (11) "The three steps." (12) "The revelation of the true light of understanding."

It is not surprising that this revealing passage was conveniently omitted from the published Royal Arch Purple book.