Royal Arch Masonry was practiced and taught in Virginia during much of the 18th century. The first documented evidence of the conferring of the Royal Arch Degree to be found in the world is in the minutes of Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and bears the date of December 22, 1753. At that time the Royal Arch was certainly attached to the work of a regular Lodge, and the work was done under the Authority of a Master's Warrant. It became evident, however that because of the growing numbers of Chapters and the increasing membership, some specific rules and regulations were needed for the internal government of Royal Arch Chapters.
Manassas Royal Arch Chapter #81 was chartered October 29, 1958 and holds its stated monthly convocations on the first Thursday of each month. Dinner is served at 6:30pm and regular business begins at 7:30. Manassas Royal Arch Chapter #81 meets in the Senie B. Cockrell Memorial Temple, Manasseh Lodge #182, A.F. & A.M. located at 9810 Cockrell Road, Manassas, Virginia, 20110.
Officers - 2013-2014:
HiHIGH PRIEST – Ex. Chris Swihart
SECRETARY – Ex. William, K. Edwards
13460 Dodsworth Dr. Bristow, VA 20136
TREASURER – Rt. Ex. Linwood L. Holbrook, Jr.
KING – Com Doug Delany
SCRIBE – Ex. Rick Saunders
CAPTAIN OF THE HOST – Rt. Ex Joe Bonjiovi
ROYAL ARCH CAPTAIN – Rt. Ex. Charles R. Soderberg
GRAND MASTER 3rd VEIL – Com. Wayne Bentz
GRAND MASTER 2nd VEIL – Ex. Paul Martin
GRAND MASTER 1st VEIL – Mike Johnson
CHAPLAIN – Ex. Robert B. Mayer
PRINCIPLE SOJOURNER – Vern Babcock
TILER – John Davis
District Deputy Grand High Priest
Capitular District No. 17
Right Excellent Xerxes Herrington