Royal Black Preceptory Appear Great Because They Say They Are
Who are they really?
They pompously call themselves Sovereign Grand Masters.
Like all bragging, it’s an assault on the audience: “look at me,” they are saying, “I am better than you.”
Sovereign means possessing supreme or ultimate power, royal power and status
So what are we meant to think they appropriating for themselves?
Grand master, apart from referring to a chess player of the highest class, especially one who has won an international tournament,
means the head of an order of chivalry
The Black institution is NOT LISTED among UK orders of Chivalry. It could be an order of Freemasons.
But it says it isn’t.
It states it “ is totally based on the teachings of Holy Scripture and is committed to the furtherance of the Christian message of the Cross. In adhering firmly to the traditions of the Reformed Christian Faith, no offence is intended to anyone or to any group”.
Non-biblical rituals are used to assign members to one of eleven degrees, each with a different royal colour
The pecking order
They have Worshipful Masters
Self-adornment is generally suspect. Are we expected to show reverence and adoration? Or respect their archaic rootss? They only date back 200 odd years, not 1,ooo
They call themselves Sir Knights
A knighthood is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve. It cannot be bought and carries no military obligations to the Sovereign.
The Queen (or a member of the Royal Family acting on her behalf) confers knighthood, either at a public Investiture or privately.
Contrary to popular belief, the words ‘Arise, Sir Knight’ are NOT used.
So do they knight themselves in a self-knighting ceremony?
Anyone wishing to be admitted to the Royal Black Institution must first become a member of an Orange Order Lodge, and many are members of both like for example Mr Sydney Anderson,
DUP MLA for Upper Bann who lists among his Unremunerated Interests
Member, Loyal Orange Institution.
Member, Royal Black Institution.
Member, Apprentice Boys, Derry.
Or Mr Roy Beggs
Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim who also states he is a member of The Orange Order and the Royal Black Institution. Is it a badge that gets them votes?
How many other MLAs are there in the Royal Black Institution?
Should our government be in the hands of people who live in fantasy-land?
Adult citizens don’t believe in fairy tales.