Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Twelfth Resolutions 2016

    Kilsally
    By Kilsally,

    Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Twelfth Resolutions 2016
    FIRST RESOLUTION: - THE FAITH


    The Lord Jesus Christ declared
    “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


    As Protestants we affirm the Reformation principle that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ
    alone.
    We deplore the efforts of those in positions of authority who not only tolerate, but actively promote, immorality
    and injustice. While these actions cause grief and pain to many who would live according to the Word of
    God, they are far more serious in that they are an attack on God himself. We recognise that the only remedy
    for sin, whether it be in society or in the individual, is to be found in in Christ alone. Therefore, we urge all to
    repent of sin, to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the only redeemer of sinners, and to live lives for the glory of
    God and for the good of our fellow men.


    SECOND RESOLUTION: - LOYALTY


    That we, the Orangemen assembled at ……………………………………………in commemoration of the 326th
    anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne do hereby reaffirm our devotion and loyalty to the Throne and Person of
    Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
    Ireland and Her other Realms, Defender of The Faith.


    We note that on September 9, 2015, Her Majesty the Queen became the longest serving British monarch. We
    reflect on a reign which has been marked with dignity and service to her people and express our profound
    indebtedness to her for that service, which has been outstanding and inspirational. We also especially
    congratulate Her Majesty this year on the occasion of her 90th birthday.


    The Institution also appreciates the continuing role played by the other members of the Royal Family and
    expresses thanks and appreciation to them all. We express our thanks to His Royal Highness, the Prince of
    Wales, for including a visit to the birthplace of the Institution, the Museum of Orange Heritage at Loughgall, in
    the recent Royal Visit to Northern Ireland.


    THIRD RESOLUTION: - THE STATE


    As an Institution we take time this year to remember all those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom
    and democracy at the Battle of the Somme.


    As an Orange family we are mindful of the thousands of Orangemen and others who served King and Country
    during the 141 days of this epic struggle. We especially remember those Orangemen who served and paid the
    ultimate sacrifice on the First and Second of July as part of the 36th Ulster Division. This year also marks the
    midway point in significant anniversaries associated with the Great War. We use this opportunity to remember
    all those who had the courage and conviction to serve in the Great War.


    As we remember thousands of Orangemen who served in the name of liberty and toleration in 1916, we are
    also mindful and saddened by continued opposition to our celebrations and facilities in this modern liberal
    democratic age. Such intolerance must cease.
    Orangemen have always been at the forefront in defending and maintaining our constitutional democracy,
    whether that has been on the battlefields of two World Wars or closer to home in our own land. We remain
    utterly determined to uphold liberty, toleration and constructional democracy in the face of those who would
    oppose such freedom. 

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    Independent Orange Order Resolutions 2016

    Kilsally
    By Kilsally,

    Resolutions 2016.

     

     

    Resolution 1 - LOYALTY

     

    We the members of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution assembled on the 326th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne, return thanks to Almighty God for his preservation and deliverance in times past and for those who have defended our civil and religious liberties.  Once again our institution declares our steadfast loyalty to the British Throne and Constitution and re-affirms our continued resolve to support and defend the Protestant religion, the Laws of the Realm, the legislative Union and the succession to the Throne in the House of Windsor, it being Protestant.

     

     We congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd on recently celebrating her 90th birthday and wish her health, happiness and many more years to reign over us.

     

    Resolution 2. Somme.

     

     In this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme when many young men of all faiths and none from this Island paid the supreme sacrifice so we could enjoy the freedom we now hold so dear. We must never forget the sacrifice  these men made in defence of our country.

     

     RESOLUTION 3– THE LORD’S DAY.

     

    We reiterate our  continued belief in the divine authority and perpetual obligation of the Christian Sabbath. We reject Sabbath desecration at all levels of society and call upon the Protestant people to remember their heritage and the God of their fathers by honouring the Lord’s Day.

     

    RESOLUTION 4 – Social issues

     

    We, the members of the Independent Loyal Orange institution remain deeply concerned with the erosion of the institution of marriage as appointed by God and call upon the legislative assembly at Stormont to continue to ensure the status Quo remains.

    We also remain totally opposed to any dilution of the laws concerning abortion.

    RESOLUTION 5 – Constitution

    The Independent Loyal Orange Institution has been constitutionally unionist and democratic in its structures and beliefs.  We return thanks to Almighty God for the principles of Orangeism and place on record our firm determination to continue the noble work begun by the pioneers of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution in 1903. While we wish to maintain our distinctiveness and our witness, we desire to continue the development of fraternal bonds of friendship within the Orange family. We believe that unity within the Orange family helps to defend and promote the Protestant faith, the Union with Great Britain, and our right to celebrate our rich heritage and culture. Our motto as ever is,

     

     

    PROTESTANTISM NOT POLITICS, PRINCIPLES NOT PARTY, MEASURES NOT MEN.

     

     

    No Surrender.

     

     

    God save Our Queen

     

     

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    Qualifications of an Orangeman according to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland

    Kilsally
    By Kilsally,

     

     

     

    Qualifications of an Orangeman according to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland (revised)


    The Master and Members of every Lodge into which a Candidate is proposed to be elected must satisfy themselves with all due solemnity previous to this admission that he possesses the following qualification. It is to these criteria that every Orangemen should dedicate himself:

    An Orangeman should have a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father, a humble and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, believing in Him as the only Mediator between God and man.

    He should cultivate truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, devotion and piety, concord and unity, and obedience to the laws; his deportment should be gentle and compassionate, kind and courteous; he should seek the society of the virtuous, and avoid that of the evil;

    He should honour and diligently study the Holy Scriptures, and make them the rule of his faith and practice;

    He should love, uphold, and defend the Protestant religion, and sincerely desire and endeavour to propagate its doctrines and precepts;

    He should strenuously oppose the fatal errors and doctrines of the Church of Rome and other Non-Reformed faiths, and scrupulously avoid countenancing (by his presence or otherwise) any act or ceremony of Roman Catholic or other non-Reformed Worship; he should, by all lawful means, resist the ascendancy, encroachments, and the extension of their power, ever abstaining from all uncharitable words, actions, or sentiments towards all those who do not practice the Reformed and Christian Faith;

    He should remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day, and attend the public worship of God, and diligently train up his offspring, and all under his control, in the fear of God, and in the Protestant faith;

    He should never take the name of God in vain, but abstain from all cursing and profane language, and use every opportunity of discouraging those, and all other sinful practices, in others;

    His conduct should be guided by wisdom and prudence, and marked by honesty, temperance, and sobriety, the glory of God and the welfare of man, the honour of his Sovereign, and the good of his country, should be the motives of his actions.

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    Independent Orange Order Resolutions 2015

    Kilsally
    By Kilsally,

    RESOLUTION 1 - LOYALTY
    We the members of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution assembled on the 325th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne, return thanks to Almighty God for his preservation and deliverance in times past and for those who have defended our civil and religious liberty.  Once again our institution declares our steadfast loyalty to the British Throne and Constitution and re-affirms our continued resolve to support and defend the Protestant religion, the Laws of the Realm, the legislative Union and the succession to the Throne in the House of Windsor, it being Protestant. We thank the members of the royal family for their visits to Northern Ireland and look forward to many more in the future. We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their second child Princess Charlotte. 


     In this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the departure of the 36th Ulster division to England to complete their training prior to secondment to France to take part in the battle of the Somme and other WW1 Battles. We also remember those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom and paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of their Monarch and country and pay tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in Her Majesty’s forces.


    RESOLUTION 2 – THE LORD’S DAY.
    As an institution we believe in the divine authority and perpetual obligation of the Christian Sabbath. We reject Sabbath desecration at all levels of society and call upon the Protestant people to remember their heritage and the God of their fathers by honouring the Lord’s Day. 


    RESOLUTION 3 – THE PROTESTANT RELIGION.
    In this the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Huss, A man whose sermons were later an inspiration to some of great reformers with whom  we continue to stand in declaring the bible  alone, grace alone, faith alone and Christ alone as the tenets of our faith. 


    RESOLUTION 4 – Social issues
    We, the members of the Independent Loyal Orange institution remain deeply concerned with the erosion of the institution of marriage as appointed by God and call upon the legislative assembly at Stormont to continue to ensure the legal definition of marriage in Northern Ireland is preserved and maintained. In addition we call upon our legislators to ensure protection to the right of conscience is enshrined within current equalities legislation.

    RESOLUTION 5 – Constitution
    The Independent Loyal Orange Institution has been constitutionally unionist and democratic in its structures and beliefs.  We return thanks to Almighty God for the principles of Orangeism and place on record our firm determination to continue the noble work begun by the pioneers of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution in 1903. While we wish to maintain our distinctiveness and our witness, we desire to continue the development of fraternal bonds of friendship within the Orange family. We believe that unity within the Orange family helps to defend and promote the Protestant faith, the Union with Great Britain, and our right to celebrate our rich heritage and culture. Our motto as ever is, 


    PROTESTANTISM NOT POLITICS, PRINCIPLES NOT PARTY, MEASURES NOT MEN.


    God save Our Queen
     

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