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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.
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
FIRST RESOLUTION - THE FAITH
As members of the Loyal Orange Institution we give thanks to God for His salvation, planned by God the Father, purchased by God the Son by His substitutionary sacrifice on Calvary and applied to sinners by the work of the Holy Spirit.
As Bible-believing Protestants we declare that while salvation is received by faith alone, it leads to a life of humble obedience to the law of God.
We regret the increasing opposition to God's Word and the determination to deprive Christians of their liberty.
We call on all Orangemen to stand fast and to live lives that glorify God.
SECOND RESOLUTION - LOYALTY
That we, the Orangemen do hereby reaffirm our devotion and loyalty to the Throne and Person of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
We note that on September 9, 2015, DV, Her Majesty the Queen will become 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.
The Institution also appreciates the role played by the other members of the Royal Family and expresses thanks. We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the recent birth of Princess Charlotte.
THIRD RESOLUTION - THE STATE
We cherish the Union. We welcome the outcome of the Scottish Referendum of September 2014. We urge our political representatives to stand firm.
We are mindful of brethren subject to attacks on their property and attempts to prevent their parades. We call on those who protest against us to show tolerance. We remind everyone that peaceful protest remains our best means of opposition.
In this 40th anniversary year of the massacre of five Orangemen at Tullyvallen in County Armagh we bring to mind all our brethren who lost their lives through terrorism. They will not be forgotten.
As we look to the centenary of the Somme, we are reminded of the sacrifice many Orange brethren made during the First World War. We pledge to commemorate them with pride and dignity in 2016.
Apprentice Boys of Derry annual Maiden City festival is ‘celebration of diversity’
Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012 09:21
The Apprentice Boys of Derry says its Maiden City Festival is a “flagship celebration of diversity” in Northern Ireland.
The annual week-long event - which takes place this year between August 4 and 11 - is, according to the loyal order, the “highlight” of Derry’s August holiday period and a “major visitor attraction”.
“The festival offers something for everyone and works hard to bring pride and tourist trade to Londonderry,” its official brochure reads.
The eight-day festival will culminate on Saturday, August 11 with a massive parade through Derry’s city centre to commemorate the 323rd anniversary of the “Relief of Derry”.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “The Maiden City Festival is a showcase for Protestant culture of tolerance and openness and for the heritage that is entrusted to the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
“The Maiden City Festival is the way in which the Protestant community of Londonderry, a minority community, makes a positive contribution to past heritage and contemporary life of the city and to diversity in expression of culture.”
The week-long event - which is funded by, among others, the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs - kicks off on Saturday, August 4, with the popular ‘Bluegrass on the Walls’ event.
Throughout the week, the Apprentice Boys’ Memorial Hall at Society Street will be open to the public while a series of guided tours - which take in the City Walls and the nearby Fountain district - will be available.
The highlight of the week is, of course, the annual Relief of Derry parade which, according to the Apprentice Boys, takes place in a “celebratory mood.”
A spokesperson added: “Derry day is one of the most enjoyable for the Apprentice Boys. In recent years, more and more people have made the occasion a good family ‘day out’.
“We pray that continues and that all will find a friendly environment and bring themselves and their curiosity to the city for the finale of the Maiden City Festival week.”
For further details, visit http://www.maidencityfestival.com or http://www.apprenticeboys.co.uk/
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