Order in 'hymns only' policy past church

Order in 'hymns only' policy past church

The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast has announced that all parades under its jurisdiction will only play hymns as they pass a Catholic Church in north Belfast.

The initiative has been applied to six parades, including the upcoming Tour of the North and on the Twelfth of July."Building on the success of last year's initiative, steps will also be taken to ensure no one on parade will stop outside the chapel," a statement said.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"We hope this action will be welcomed by all concerned and accepted in the spirit made. CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"The open invitation from the county for further conversations with the parish priest and members of the congregation remains live."St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street has been a flashpoint for trouble after a band was filmed circling the church and playing a sectarian song on 12 July 2012.Previous Parades Commission rulings have enforced a 'single drumbeat' or 'hymns only' policy when bands pass the church.A determination is expected for next Friday's Tour of the North parade is due this week.

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