The next annual general meeting of the Grand Orange Lodge of Western Canada will be held in New Westminster, BC, April, 2014. Proclamation will be out in January.
The annual general meeting of the Loyal Orange County Lodge of Alberta normally meets at the Innisfail Orange Hall in March. Contact us for further information.
WHEREAS, the Orange Order came into existence after the Battle of the Diamond near Loughgall, Ireland in 1795 to bring together the Protestants of various denominations into one homogeneous group to maintain their religion and way of life:
AND WHEREAS, the Loyal Orange Association LOL 1654 is committed to the betterment of society and Edmonton by contributing their time and donations to local churches and associated groups;
AND WHEREAS, Orangemen’s Day, the Twelfth, is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Loyal Orange Association LOL 1654;
AND WHEREAS, as a vibrant, multicultural and inclusive city, Edmonton celebrates the diversity of its citizens as one of its greatest strengths;
THEREFORE I, MAYOR STEPHEN MANDEL, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM JULY 12, 2011 “ORANGEMEN’S DAY, THE TWELFTH” IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA’S CAPITAL CITY.
Dated this 8th day of June, 2011
Mayor of the City of Edmonton
We, the Orangemen and women of the County Grand Lodge of …………….. assembled at ………… to commemorate the 319th anniversary of the victory at the Boyne, reaffirm our loyalty to the Throne and person of Her Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms, Defender of the Faith.
Her Majesty occupies the throne subject to the constitutional statutes that followed the Glorious Revolution of 1688. These laws established a Protestant monarchy and democratic parliament that have served this nation well for over 300 years. Our present multi-faith and multi-cultural society benefits from the legacy of religious liberty and tolerance that began with William of Orange. This country – and the interests of all its people of whatever faith – is best served by a Protestant monarchy, and we pledge ourselves to resist all attempts to alter the British Constitution and put these precious liberties at risk.
Her Majesty the Queen is an exemplary monarch who has been a shining example to us all. We acknowledge with pride her wonderful record of service to nation and commonwealth.
God save the Queen! Long may she reign!
OUR PROTESTANT HERITAGE
As a Protestant fraternity, we in the Loyal Orange Institution are inheritors of the faith and freedom won for us at great cost by our Reformation and Covenanting forefathers. In this 500th anniversary of the birth of that great Reformer, John Calvin, we acknowledge our debt to his faith, his courage and his determination. We also recognise the key role he played in inspiring others, and in particular John Knox, who turned back the tide of spiritual darkness in Scotland and set our nation alight in the cause of Reform and the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We honour also the faith and fortitude of the men and women of the Covenant, who faced persecution, hardship and death rather than submit to an enforced state religion. As we look forward to next year’s 450th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we pledge ourselves to remain true to the authority of the Bible and to the liberating power of the Gospel.
In the increasingly secular society we live in today, we call upon the Kirk to speak with much greater clarity and authority for the Protestant people of Scotland. We call upon the Kirk to return to the faithful preaching of the Word of God that once defined the greatness of our nation.
STATE OF THE NATION
As loyal subjects of the British Crown, committed to the maintenance of the United Kingdom, we pledge ourselves to oppose all attempts to sever the union that binds us to our kith and kin in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The present economic crisis has proven beyond all doubt that Scotland’s best interests are served within the combined strength and security of the United Kingdom. Attempts by the First Minister to convince us that we would be better off as a small independent nation like Iceland or Ireland have been discredited by world events. The British Union is here to stay and we pledge ourselves to maintain it. United we stand - divided we fall.
We are dismayed by plans to give the Scottish Parliament even more responsibilities when it has failed to deliver on the powers it already has. The present Holyrood administration has presided over an appalling decline in moral, health and educational standards. Scottish education – once the envy of the world – is now trailing behind other countries. Far too many of our young people, poorly educated and lacking career opportunities, are being drawn into a deadly culture of binge drinking and drugs.
We call upon our politicians, whose own reputation has been so recently stained by personal greed and corruption, to discipline the guilty parties in their own ranks and show the leadership, honesty and commitment that the people of our nation demand and deserve.
Meets the last Saturday of every second month in the Orange Hall, Innisfail. The Innisfail LOL meeting normally follows. Contact us if you would like to visit.