Sloan's House, Loughgall

Sloan's House, Loughgall

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Lord Jesus Christ, Keeper and Preserver of all things, let Thy right hand guard us by day and by night, when we sit at home, and when we walk abroad, when we lie down and when we rise up, that we may be kept from all evil, and have mercy upon us sinners. Amen.
St Nerses of Clajes, AD 362
THE AFFAIR OF THE PLACARDS

The fledgling Protestant movement had spread to France, the nation which was considered the 'first born son' of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1309 to 1378 the papacy had actually resided in France at Avignon rather than in Rome. Tensions between Roman Catholics and Protestants soon escalated. The full fury of the Roman Catholic Church and of the French Monarchy was unleashed due to an event known as 'The Affair of the Placards'.

The document was headed,

"True Articles on the horrible, great, and intolerable Abuses of the Popish Mass; invented in direct opposition to the Holy Supper of our Lord and only Mediator and Saviour."

"What mean all these games ?" he [ the author] asks ; "you play around your god of dough, toying with him like a cat with a mouse. You break him into three pieces . . . . and then you put on a piteous look, as if you were very sorrowful; you beat your breasts . . . . you call him the Lamb of God, and pray to him for peace. St. John showed Jesus Christ ever present, ever living, living all in one--an adorable truth ! but you show your wafer divided into pieces, and then you eat it, calling for something to drink." The writer asks "these cope-wearers" where they find "this big word Transubstantiation ? " Certainly, he says, not in the Bible. The inspired writers "called the bread and wine, bread and wine." " St. Paul does not say, 'Eat the body of Jesus Christ;' but, 'Eat this bread."' "Yes, kindle your faggots," but, let it be for the true profaners of the body of Christ, for those who place it in a bit of dough, "the food it may be of spiders or of mice." And what, the writer asks, has the fruit of the mass been? "By it." he answers, the preaching of the Gospel is prevented. The time is occupied with bellringing, howling, chanting, empty ceremonies, candles, incense, disguises, and all manner of conjuration. And the poor world, looked upon as a lamb or as a sheep, is miserably deceived, cajoled, led astray—what do I say ?--bitten, gnawed, and devoured as if by ravening wolves."

The author winds up with a torrent of invective directed against Popes, cardinals, bishops, and monks, thus :—" Truth is wanting to them, truth terrifies them, and by truth will their reign be destroyed for ever.

The terror, and ceremonial ex*****ons of 21 January 1535.

The consequences far outstripped the expectations of the Protestants who found themselves in a reign of terror and ex*****ons at the stake. The King`s `lieutenant-criminal` ( police chief) John Morin, seized a known Protestant and by threats and torture made the man identify other Protestants in the city. This was achieved by staging an elaborate procession of Corpus Christi where the cavalcade was stopped by the informant outside the Protestant houses, the inmates of which were then seized and bundled into prison for trial and ex*****on. The first trials were made on 10 November, and the ex*****ons began three days later. The place of ex*****on was varied daily so that all parts of Paris were able to see ( and dread) the burnings which took place more or less daily for several weeks. The indiscriminate vengeance for simply posting a placard had another effect in that blanks appeared among the citizens of Paris. Persons of all ranks suddenly disappeared with some 500 craftsmen and traders, particularly printers and bookbinders, goldsmiths, engravers, lawyers, even some priests and monks, fleeing the city.

Not content with this rush of blood, the papists pressed the king to purge the city, demonstrate his authority and atone for the insult to the Church. On 21 January 1535 a magnificent procession was stage managed which assembled at the Louvre at six in the morning. It was led by the banners and crosses from each of the parishes, followed by citizens in pairs carrying lighted torches. They were followed by the four mendicant orders - Dominican, Franciscan, Capuchins and Augustinians. Behind them came the priests and canons of the city. There then followed one of the largest assembly of Holy relics that the populace had ever seen. These allegedly were - the head of St Louis, patron saint of France, a piece of the true cross, the actual crown of thorns, one of the nails from the cross, the swaddling clothes of baby Jesus, a purple robe worn by Christ, the towel which Christ wore at the Last Supper, and the spear head that pierced his side. Besides these there was an assembly of body parts from departed saints, fingers, hands, arms etc etc. These were followed by the shrine of Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. Ironically the shrine was carried by the corporation of butchers of Paris.

Following the dead members of the Church in their gold, silver and jewelled caskets, came the living dignitaries in their robes of ecclesiastical rank - Cardinals, archbishop , bishops, replete in cope and mitre. The centre piece was the Host, carried by the Bishop of Paris under a magnificent canopy, the corners of which were carried by the four Princes of the Blood - the three sons of the king and the Duke of Vendome. Behind the Host walked the king, plainly dressed as a penitent, eyes cast down and a lighted taper in his hand. The Queen and courtiers then followed along with foreign ambassadors, nobles, judges, Parliamentary officials and the trade guilds bearing tapers. Huge crowds surged round seeking to touch or kiss the relics and they made obeisance as the Host passed them. An unashamedly blasphemous display!

The procession made its way to Notre Dame Cathedral and the mass was said there. It was
a huge sham; the penitence was not for the dreadful acts of recent date but for the `insult ` to the Church and the mass. After the mass the king made a tearful speech bewailing the insults to the Church, France and God; then the Bishop of Paris and the provost of the merchants melodramatically knelt before him and pleaded that he extirpate heresy.

There now took place the gross, vile and hellish ceremonial burning of Protestants as the great procession made its way back to the Louvre. At selected sites along the route stakes were set up with their victims trussed up ready to die as an example to the people and entertainment for the King. The faggots were ignited as the procession appeared so that the full fury of the flames were ready to do their work as the party came to a halt and watched. The historians of the day [Sleidan, book ix, p 175] record that the victims were first tortured and then viciously and monstrously burned alive in stages -

"The men set apart to death were first to undergo prolonged and excruciating tortures, and for this end a most ingenious but cruel apparatus had been devised ,which let us describe. First rose an upright beam , firmly planted in the ground; to that another beam was attached crosswise and worked by a pulley and string. The martyr was fastened to one end of the moveable beam by his hands, which were tied behind his back, and then he was raised into the air. He was then next let down into the ferocious fire underneath . After a minute ot two`s broiling he was raised again and a second time let drop into the fire; and thus was he raised and lowered till the ropes that fastened him to the pole were consumed and he fell amid the burning faggots where he thrashed in tumultuously hellish agony until he gave up the ghost. "

The burning of 35 `Lutherans` in total because of the Placards, and the grossness of the official celebration on January 21st 1535 was a day of infamy and a stain on the honour of France.

John Foxe in his Acts and Monuments, vol IV p 396-449, lists several hundred French martyrs between 1525-1560.
Drumchapel battle of the diamond. Parade tomorrow 1 o'clock
Great day at Sloans house today sat15th July 17 with David George Lockhead Diane kerr karl Ian Al & myself outstanding visit

A small house that played a large part in history. It was here that the Orange Institution was formed around the aftermath of the Battle of the Diamond.

The Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan’s House, Loughgall is situated on Main Street, Loughgall. Loughgall, and in particular Sloan’s House, are key areas in the history of the Orange Order as it was here that the Institution was formed around the aftermath of the Battle of the Diamond in 1795. As well as the formation and early development of the Institution, the Museum at Sloan’s House displays

Operating as usual

07/01/2022

Scarva Sons of William LOL 60 held their installation of officers meeting in the Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan's House this evening.

Scarva Sons of William LOL 60 held their installation of officers meeting in the Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan's House this evening.

05/01/2022

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House reopens tomorrow at 10.00am. Why not call in to view the parlour where the first Orange Lodge warrants were signed by James Sloan after the Battle of the Diamond on 21 September 1795.

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House reopens tomorrow at 10.00am. Why not call in to view the parlour where the first Orange Lodge warrants were signed by James Sloan after the Battle of the Diamond on 21 September 1795.

04/01/2022
31/12/2021

Happy New Year to all our volunteers and visitors from the Directors of the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House, Loughgall.

Happy New Year to all our volunteers and visitors from the Directors of the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House, Loughgall.

29/12/2021

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House and Sloan's Coffee Shop looking resplendent in the Winter sunshine.

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House and Sloan's Coffee Shop looking resplendent in the Winter sunshine.

28/12/2021

Photo memory from the Christmas Tree Festival held by St Luke's Parish Church, Loughgall, in December 2018. The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House was pleased to support it - our tree is on the right.

Photo memory from the Christmas Tree Festival held by St Luke's Parish Church, Loughgall, in December 2018. The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House was pleased to support it - our tree is on the right.

24/12/2021
21/12/2021

The Directors are pleased to confirm that the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House has been successful in obtaining the "We're Good To Go" certificate for 2022. The scheme operates in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland.

This is the industry standard which reassures our visitors that all required action has been taken in line with Government and Public Health Covid secure guidelines to keep them safe.

The Directors are pleased to confirm that the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House has been successful in obtaining the "We're Good To Go" certificate for 2022. The scheme operates in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland.

This is the industry standard which reassures our visitors that all required action has been taken in line with Government and Public Health Covid secure guidelines to keep them safe.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 19/12/2021

Last chance to get Christmas cards, baubles and miniature Santas at the 'Museum of Orange Heritage", Sloan's House. Just a few remaining - open by arrangement this week.

17/12/2021

Great evening of fellowship at the Sloan's House Volunteers Christmas Dinner in Brownlow House. Many thanks to the staff for a fantastic meal in the majestic surroundings of the largest Orange Hall in the world.

Good to have Carla Lockhart MP as our special guest, also Councillor Paul Berry who led in the singing of Christmas Carols at the end of the evening.

Great evening of fellowship at the Sloan's House Volunteers Christmas Dinner in Brownlow House. Many thanks to the staff for a fantastic meal in the majestic surroundings of the largest Orange Hall in the world.

Good to have Carla Lockhart MP as our special guest, also Councillor Paul Berry who led in the singing of Christmas Carols at the end of the evening.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 15/12/2021

Fantastic evening of fellowship at the Christmas Sing-a-Long in the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House this evening.

The Christmas music was provided by Raymond Walker and Ryan Harris. All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the festive favourites and refreshments provided by Sloan's Coffee Shop.

A retiring collection for the Friends of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital realised the sum of £230.

Raymond and Ryan were presented with County Grand Lodge ties by the County Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Denis Watson, as a token of appreciation.

15/12/2021

Reminder

Sloan's House Christmas Singalong - Wednesday 15th December 2021, commencing at 7.30pm. Music & refreshments. Retiring collection for the Cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital. Everyone welcome.

14/12/2021

Great to have the members of Keady Coronation JLOL 196 visit the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House this evening. They were presented with the Grand Lodge Northern Ireland Centenary Coins by the senior County Grand Lodge Officers.

Fantastic group of young brethren who are a credit to the Junior Orange Association.

Great to have the members of Keady Coronation JLOL 196 visit the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House this evening. They were presented with the Grand Lodge Northern Ireland Centenary Coins by the senior County Grand Lodge Officers.

Fantastic group of young brethren who are a credit to the Junior Orange Association.

14/12/2021

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House will be closed from 3.30pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 to 10.00am on Thursday 6 January 2022.

The Directors wish all their volunteers and visitors a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House will be closed from 3.30pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 to 10.00am on Thursday 6 January 2022.

The Directors wish all their volunteers and visitors a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year

10/12/2021

Armagh City Grand RBP 8 and guests held a meeting in the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House this evening, followed by supper provided by Sloan's Coffee Shop.

Armagh City Grand RBP 8 and guests held a meeting in the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House this evening, followed by supper provided by Sloan's Coffee Shop.

10/12/2021

The Christmas Tree in the foyer of the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House.

The Christmas Tree in the foyer of the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 09/12/2021

Just a few Miniature Santas and CentenNIal Decorations left for sale at the Museum of Orange Heritage, Sloan's House. Also a few Christmas Cards remaining.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 01/12/2021

The Sloan's House Directors were pleased to receive a special framed Northern Ireland Centenary Tea Towel, presented by Most Wor Sister Joan Beggs, Grand Mistress of the Association of Loyal Orange Women of Ireland.

Joan was accompanied by senior colleagues and they were given a conducted tour of the museum by Rt Wor Bro Denis Watson, County Grand Master.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 01/12/2021

Remember to get your special Northern Ireland Centenary Christmas cards and tree decorations from the "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House.

Small number of limited edition County Grand Lodge Centenary Badges also available.

When they're gone, they're gone!

29/11/2021

Remember you can still sign the Anti-Protocol Declaration online until Wednesday. Please do so now if you have not already signed.

Remember you can still sign the Anti-Protocol Declaration online until Wednesday. Please do so now if you have not already signed.

27/11/2021

The County Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Denis Watson, signed the Anti-Protocol Declaration at the "Museum of Orange Heritage", Sloan's House, Loughgall, on Saturday afternoon, 27 November.

The County Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Denis Watson, signed the Anti-Protocol Declaration at the "Museum of Orange Heritage", Sloan's House, Loughgall, on Saturday afternoon, 27 November.

25/11/2021

Sloan's House Christmas Singalong - Wednesday 15th December 2021, commencing at 7.30pm. Music & refreshments. Retiring collection for the Cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital. Everyone welcome.

Sloan's House Christmas Singalong - Wednesday 15th December 2021, commencing at 7.30pm. Music & refreshments. Retiring collection for the Cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital. Everyone welcome.

24/11/2021

Visit to Newry and Armagh

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 23/11/2021

REMINDER

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has launched the anti-Protocol Declaration which reiterates our clear opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

It also shows our support for the Unionist political leaders who issued a joint Declaration against the Protocol on Ulster Day, 28th September 2021.

The Declaration can be signed digitally at: https://bit.ly/antiprotocoldeclaration

The Anti-Protocol Declaration states:
I, the undersigned, affirm my opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol and it's mechanisms and structures. I pledge my support for the Declaration signed by Unionist political leaders on 28th September which stated that the Northern Ireland Protocol must be rejected and replaced by arrangements which fully respect Northern Ireland's position as a constituent part of the United Kingdom.

A number of Orange Halls within Co Armagh will be open on Saturday 27 November to allow members of the public to call in and sign the Declaration. A list of the Halls is included herewith.

In addition, forms are available to sign at the "Museum of Orange Heritage", Sloan's House Reception from Thursday to Saturday this week, 10am to 4pm.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 18/11/2021

Christmas Tree Baubles and Miniature Santa Claus Figures available now in the shop at Sloan's House. Limited stock, so call in now to purchase!

Sloan's House, Loughgall updated their business hours. 17/11/2021

Sloan's House, Loughgall updated their business hours.

Sloan's House, Loughgall updated their business hours.

14/11/2021
Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 13/11/2021

Co Armagh Grand Orange Lodge held a short Act of Remembrance on Saturday afternoon, 13 November, at the "Museum of Orange Heritage", Sloan's House, Loughgall.

Those in attendance were welcomed by the County Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Denis Watson, and prayers were led by Dean Robert Townley, retired Church of Ireland clergyman who resides in the village and is a Royal British Legion Chaplain.

Wor Bro Mervyn Walker did the Exhortation and Kohima Prayer, after which wreaths were placed at the Memorial Plaque on the front of the building by the County Grand Master and by Councillors Julie Flaherty and Sam Nicholson on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Proceedings closed with Dean Townley pronouncing the Benediction and the National Anthem.

11/11/2021

Due to the reduced opening hours at present, all potential visitors to the Museum should please phone 028 3889 2048 in advance in order to make sure that the building is open. Thank you.

Due to the reduced opening hours at present, all potential visitors to the Museum should please phone 028 3889 2048 in advance in order to make sure that the building is open. Thank you.

Photos from Sloan's House, Loughgall's post 10/11/2021

Delighted to host a visit from Annaghmore Mothers Union this evening. They enjoyed a tour of the Museum facilitated by volunteers Florence & Linda and finished the evening off with Supper supplied by Sloan's Coffee Shop.

10/11/2021

WE WILL REMEMBER

WE WILL REMEMBER

08/11/2021

Remember you can sign the anti-Protocol Declaration at Sloan's House. Alternatively, you can sign it digitally by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/antiprotocoldeclaration

Please encourage your family and friends to sign the anti-Protocol Declaration. Declaration forms are available at Sloan's Reception.

Remember you can sign the anti-Protocol Declaration at Sloan's House. Alternatively, you can sign it digitally by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/antiprotocoldeclaration

Please encourage your family and friends to sign the anti-Protocol Declaration. Declaration forms are available at Sloan's Reception.

08/11/2021

Keith Harbinson, Jonathan Stevenson and Jonathan Mattison present the funds raised through the "Sloan’s House to Schomberg House" sponsored walk in August this year, in memory of the late Wor Bro Drew Nelson, to Wor Bro Harold Henning, Deputy Grand Master.

A total of £5,350.00 was raised for the Drew Nelson Legacy Project.

Also pictured is David Scott who drove the vital support car that accompanied those taking part in the walk.

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House was very pleased to support this initiative financially and by providing breakfast in Sloan's Coffee Shop for the walkers before they set off.

Keith Harbinson, Jonathan Stevenson and Jonathan Mattison present the funds raised through the "Sloan’s House to Schomberg House" sponsored walk in August this year, in memory of the late Wor Bro Drew Nelson, to Wor Bro Harold Henning, Deputy Grand Master.

A total of £5,350.00 was raised for the Drew Nelson Legacy Project.

Also pictured is David Scott who drove the vital support car that accompanied those taking part in the walk.

The "Museum of Orange Heritage" at Sloan's House was very pleased to support this initiative financially and by providing breakfast in Sloan's Coffee Shop for the walkers before they set off.

06/11/2021

Members from the Belfast Branch of the TUV visiting The Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan's House, Loughgall earlier today.

Members from the Belfast Branch of the TUV visiting The Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan's House, Loughgall earlier today.

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