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Annual Reformation Service and Parade

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Upcoming Parade & Service
Sunday 30th October Annual Reformation Service and Parade  Venue to be announced Assemble at 2pm

Grand Royal Arch Purple Chapter Centenary Service

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Upcoming Parade & Service
Sunday 23rd October Grand Royal Arch Purple Chapter Centenary Service and Parade to St. Mark’s Parish Church, Armagh

Belfast Grand Lodge, Launches Ulster Covenant Centenary Celebrations.

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COVENANT CELEBRATIONS 2012

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SPEECH BY REV. MERVYN GIBSON, CO. GRAND CHAPLAIN, AT THE LAUNCH IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, STORMONT, OF THE COVENANT CELEBRATIONS FOR BELFAST COUNTY GRAND ORANGE LODGE.


In August 1912 in Bad Homburg, at a famous German spa town near Frankfurt. a package arrived for a visitor who was holidaying there. The visitor opened the package and read the document it contained, I can almost imagine a smile creep across the recipient’s  stony face as his sharp legal mind examined and dissected each phrase; every word weighed and tested in its purpose and meaning.The man of course was Sir Edward Carson and the document was the Ulster Covenant - the draft had been sent to him for approval.It received Carson’s imprimatur when on 21 August 1912 he stated  “I would not alter a word in the declaration which I consider excellent”. It is this excellent document of 188 words that we seek to celebrate the centenary thereof next year.I would contest that had the Covenant not been written and subscribed too, we …