Manchester Provincial Grand Orange Lodge
The Loyal Orange Institution
The Loyal Orange Institution is a world-wide Protestant fraternity which exists for the establishment and preservation of Civil and Religious Liberty and the Protestant Religion. The Institution is named in glorious memory of King William III, Prince of Orange, who gave us civil and religious liberties, and the Constitutional Democracy that we in Britain enjoy to this day. William, Prince of Orange, became King William III during the Glorious Revolution which brought about an end to religious intolerance and violence throughout the country. This period changed the British society, brought about a reformed British constitution and ensured that citizen’s rights were firmly protected in Law. The Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement are central pieces of legislation to this day.
The Institution stands firm on Biblical Principles in an age of secularism, when the Protestant culture and its traditions are continuously under threat. The Institution proudly supports the British Monarchy and wishes them continued success. Our staunch beliefs are based on the Reformation principles and the truths taught to us in the Holy Scriptures. The freedom of possessing an open Bible is important to Protestants and is regularly displayed on regalia and Lodge banners.
The Orange Institution carries out a wide range of charity fundraising work raising money for many a good cause. Lodges also carry out a range of activities locally, supporting community projects and local churches.
The work of the Orange Institution is carried on chiefly by means of Lodges, of which there are a considerable number throughout the country. It is into these Lodges that candidates are admitted by a simple Biblical Ceremony into membership of the Loyal Orange Institution.
The Institution brings together men and women of good character and will that are resolute, to use the legal means at their disposal to ensure that the hard won civil and religious liberties that we enjoy are maintained. We welcome new members who share the reformed faith, regardless of ethnicity or cultural background.
Orange Parades through towns and cities form a large part of the Institutions calendar. These public demonstrations are an open witness to our Faith. These marches are made up of Lodges, walking behind their Lodge Banner and marching bands that play traditional Orange songs, patriotic anthems and hymns. Manchester Provincial Grand Orange Lodge holds its annual parade through Manchester city centre in September and its annual Boyne celebrations take place in Southport on the 12th July.
It is sometimes claimed that the Orange Institution is bigoted, extremist and supremacist. These characteristics are however contrary to the principles that the Institution is built on. We are fundamentally a Christian organisation, with religious practice a cornerstone of our work and function. We extend warm kindness to members of all faiths and cultures and respect the dignity and rights of every individual. Furthermore as an association of those who are attached to the principles of the Reformation and will not admit its Brotherhood persons whom an intolerant spirit leads to persecute, injure or upbraid a man on account of his religious beliefs.
We hope that this website will further enlighten you, regarding the Orange Institution Manchester Provincial Grand Orange Lodge and our Protestant heritage. For further information regarding the Orange Order in England you can visit the Grand Orange Lodge of England's website at www.gole.org.uk
The Qualifications of an Orangeman
An Orangeman should be a Protestant in reality and truth, not merely by profession or education; and should be distinguished by sincere love and veneration for his Almighty Creator, steadfast faith in the Saviour of the world, the only mediator between God and Men; humble reliance on the guidance and the purifying power of the Holy Spirit; and the constant practice of truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, loyalty and obedience to the laws. He should, moreover, be in conduct wise and prudent, honest and temperate; in disposition gentle and compassionate; in behaviour kind and courteous; cultivating the society of the good, and avoiding the society of the evil. He should honour and study the Holy Scriptures, making them the rule of his belief and life; uphold and defend, by all legitimate means, the Protestant Faith in Church and State; protest against and oppose the erroneous and dangerous doctrines and practices of the Church of Rome; and resist the power, ascendancy, encroachments and extension of that Church. He should also, by all lawful means, co-operate with true Protestants in preventing or removing in and from the Established and other Protestant Churches all changes, ceremonies, practices and ornaments savouring of or resembling the Church of Rome, or inconsistent with Reformation principles. He should oppose the ascendancy and oppressions of non-Christian religions and by prayer and witness seek to lead their members from spiritual darkness into the light of Christ. He should further, duly observe the Sabbath Day, and regularly attend public worship; and should by his general converse, indicate his veneration for the name of God, and abhorrence of profane and indecent language; in short, the glory of God, and love of man, the honour of his Protestant Sovereign, and the good of his country, should be the principles and motives of a true Orangeman’s life and actions.
Orange Banner Publication
The Orange Banner, formerly the Lancashire Orange News, has been a voice for the Biblical principles of Orangeism in England since 1984, and it is published with the approval of the Manchester Provincial Grand Orange Lodge.
The Orange Banner is a bimonthly newsletter that covers current news, historical articles and Biblical studies. It has a readership throughout the United Kingdom and copies are sent to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Regular copies may be ordered from the Revd. Dr P.J. Rimmer, 23 Limefield Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 6LE. Annual subscription is £6, including postage, and please make cheques/postal orders payable to “The Orange Banner”.