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Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Twelfth Resolutions 2016

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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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