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From: Geoff <>
Subject: Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V97 #330
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 11:43:29 -0500
I think that you can rest assured, you have a number of Orangemen on
this list! 8?)
> Also, can anyone elaborate? Apparantly, from our discussion, I gather that
> the Black Perceptory is a different organization than the Orange Order,
The Orange & the Black are sister organisations. The Orange has 3
degrees, Orange, Purple & Arch Purple. Once a man has held the Arch
Purple degree for a period of time, he is then allowed to apply for the
Royal Black Institution. (n.b. the name black has NOTHING to do with
negros) Upon entering the Black, the initiate may then over a period of
time pass through a series of further degrees, ending with the degree of
Red Cross. The sybolism is beautiful in each of the degrees. I have
officiated at the giving of many degrees...(actually 7 in one
evening!!!) and as Chaplain had pages of scriptures to read!!! Each
degree depicts a journey which the initiate makes, which is then
followed by a lecture and the instruction re the symbols of the degree.
That's all I'll say for now...or else I'd have to kill you all
BTW the degrees are all committed to memory, and that is how they are
learned and passed on within the organisation.
TO refresh my memory John, could you describe the collarette?
Regarding the Masons etc...the similarities with the Orange & Black end
with the regalia and some ritual. The whole foundation of the Loyal
Orders is Reformation Theology. Roger can give you the 20 cent 5hr
history lesson 8?)
> What the symbols on the sash stand for are part
> of my Ulster heritage.
Whay were they?
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