Qualifications Essential for Membership in the Loyal Orange Association
(From the Constitution and Laws)
- TOWARD GOD – An applicant for admission should have a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father: a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, as the only Mediator between God and man; and a firm reliance in the guiding, witnessing, and sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. He should be a diligent reader of God’s Word, a sincere observer of the Lord’s Day, and a regular attendant at His house; endeavouring to bring forth the practical fruits of righteousness and obedience to God’s commands, as a humble and consistent servant of God and a follower of his Saviour”.
- TOWARD KING AND COUNTRY – He should be loyal in thought, word and act toward the Crown, being Protestant; seeking the prosperity and integrity of the Constitutional Monarchy; strengthening its concepts and supporting the principles which have been the foundation of the Dominion of Canada; ready to promote civil and religious liberty; to maintain the Protestant faith as the purest form of Christianity, and the basis of constitutional Government, by the people, for the people, and to foster unity and Godliness in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.”
- TOWARD MANKIND – He should be of temperate and kindly habits, striving to be an example to others, as a true Christian citizen. He should abstain from swearing and profane language, from dishonesty and from intemperance of every kind. He should seek the welfare of others, be just, considerate and tolerant in his judgment, especially to those who are opposed in faith and principles, and to promote the spirit of friendliness and brotherly love.”
“The Glory of God, the Welfare of Man, the Honour of his Sovereign, and the Good of his Country should be the motives of all his actions.”
PROCEDURES OF JOINING
The only requirement for joining the Loyal Orange Association is that one must be of the Protestant faith. They will first join a Primary or local Lodge of that Branch of the Association they have chosen for their sphere of activity. Each member in good standing, regardless of the length of time of membership, has an equal voice in the governing of a Primary Lodge.
As a member proceeds through the Degrees, he or she, becomes eligible to hold office in the local lodge, and to become a Delegate with voting privileges in the Superior Lodges. A properly qualified Delegate, as provided for in the Constitution and Laws of the Association, may be elected to office in any Superior Lodge.
Members are elected to the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada from various parts of Canada and meet in annual session to hear reports on the progress of the Association, confirm policy, adjust the constitution and elect a Grand Master and other Officers, who will serve the Association during the ensuing year.
Start the application process by filling in the application form here