Union offers best future, says Order

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THE Orange Order, in its Twelfth resolutions, reiterates it is convinced that the Union within the United Kingdom offers the best possible future for all of the people of Northern Ireland.

The resolutions, to be read at the 19 demonstrations organised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland at venues across Northern Ireland and in Co Donegal next month, commemorate with pride this centenary year of the signing of the Ulster Covenant of 1912.

The Order said: “Orangemen are mindful that the stand of our forefathers against Home Rule helped preserve our identity and retained our cherished position within the United Kingdom at that time and thereafter.”

In a resolution of faith, the Grand Orange Lodge says Orangemen give thanks to God for the civil and religious liberty which they enjoy.

“We believe that there is only one true and living God, the Creator of heaven and earth. We praise God for His great self-revelation in the pages of holy scripture and for sending His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

“We remember God’s covenant of grace which has made salvation available to all who will repent of their sin and trust in Jesus as their Saviour. In an increasingly secular world we urge all men to study the scriptures so that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit they may come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.”

In a resolution of loyalty, the Orange Order extends heartiest congratulations to the Queen on the Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the Throne in 1952.

“ We give thanks to Almighty God for Her Majesty’s devoted service to this country and the Commonwealth. We gratefully appreciate Her Majesty’s visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Jubilee celebrations.

“We pledge our continuing loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen and her heirs and successors, being Protestant. With all of her loyal subjects we pray – God Save the Queen.”