Metropolitan Provincial Grand Orange Lodge
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We are a Protestant fraternity, loyal to the Crown with members throughout the world, having originally formed in 1795 in County Armagh in what was then known as Ireland. Autonomous Grand Lodges are now found in Scotland, England, the United States of America, West Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Our name comes from William III, Prince of Orange, and is kept because his victory over despotic power laid the foundation for the evolution of Constitutional Democracy in the British Isles.
Support for William of Orange in the British Isles led to the formation of Orange Societies to commemorate his victory at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690
It should be remembered that the Order has a world-wide membership. The structure which is Orangeism has its basis in the coming together of men of goodwill who are determined to use what power and influence they can muster to ensure that civil and religious liberty is maintained.
Members of the Orange Institution are pledged to uphold the Protestant faith and liberty under the law. They are neither bigots nor extremists. Standing for tolerance and compassion towards all they also stand for the underlying principle of the Christian faith and the dignity and rights of the individual.
The Orange Order is fundamentally a Christian organisation. The Institution stands in the Reformed tradition as the various statements contained in the "Qualifications" illustrate:-
•LOVE OF GOD - "a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father. He should never take the name of God in vain".
•FAITH IN CHRIST - "steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind".
•AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE - "he should honour and diligently study the Holy Scriptures and make them the rule of his faith and practice".
We are committed to the cause of Civil and Religious Liberty for all. It is our desire to live at peace with all men and to ensure that all men have peace in which to live.