Future of the Orange Institution

Where Now ? The Orange Institution’s often proclaimed Christian principles are  being brought into question by the events surrounding  the protest at Drumcree. While all Orangemen would support the right of Portadown District to complete their traditional walk home from Morning Prayer at Drumcree Parish Church, multitudes are distressed by the violence accompanying the protest. These shameful events witnessed on

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“UNDERSTANDING ORANGEISM”

“UNDERSTANDING ORANGEISM” To understand Orangeism, a movement which had its origins in the religious and political conflicts of the Europe of the seventeenth century, might well appear to be an impossible task as we enter the twenty-first century. The formation of the Orange Order or the Orange Institution in 1795, one hundred years after William’s Irish campaign, has often been

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The Orange Contribution to the 1798 Commemorations

Who Fears to Speak of ’98 (Ulster History Foundation) The Orange Contribution to the 1798 Commemorations   For anyone to attempt to ‘break new ground’ in and institutional organisation it is difficult enough.  In an Institution like the Orange Order, given its commitment to  “meddle not with them that are given to change:”  (Proverbs 24:21),  it is well  nigh impossible.

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WHAT IS THE ORANGE ORDER?

WHAT IS THE ORANGE ORDER? Brian Kennaway, Convenor of the Education Committee of the Orange Institution, gives us his answer In recent years the high public profile of the Orange Order has raised for many people questions about the true nature of the Institution. There are many misunderstandings of what the Order actually believes and practices and there is therefore

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Orangeism and the 1798 Rebellion

Orangeism and the 1798 Rebellion There may be some misunderstanding as to why the Loyal Orange Institution in Ireland should be commemorating the United Irishmen’s Rebellion of 1798?  This is perhaps because the principles of the Orange Institution have often been deliberately misrepresented to be anti-Catholic.  We are exclusively Protestant but not anti-Catholic as the Basis of the Institution state

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Parity of Esteem in Remembrance

Parity of Esteem in Remembrance I agree with Professor Walker, in his article, “Painful reminder of Ireland’s bloody past”, (1/2/98), when he maintains that the emphasis so far has been on the United Irishmen and little on the Loyalists.  Because most of the history books on Ireland have been written from a sympathetic point of view towards Irish nationalism, the

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