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For Saturday 27th January 2001

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The End of Christmas

Friday is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, according to the calendar of the Book of Common Prayer, and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, according to the Alternative Prayer Book. More commonly it is known as Candlemas, the traditional end of the Christmas season. The distinctive feature of the liturgy is a procession of lighted candles and this will be observed in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Friday at 6.00 pm when there will be a Candelmas Ceremony and Sung Eucharist. In the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, on Thursday there will be a Sung Eucharist for the vigil of Candlemas.

Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will televise a service with the staff and students of the Irish School of Ecumenics and the Girls' Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The Bishop of Tuam will visit Dugort and Ballina while in Ferns the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will draw to a close with the Patronal Festival Service in St Edan's Cathedral where the preacher will be the Bishop of Cork.

A laudable example of practical ecumenism has been the recent restoration of Holy Trinity Church, Innisbiggle, which is part of a group of parishes based on Westport where the rector is Canon Gary Hastings. It is the only consecrated building on the island and it is intended that it will be shared by the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the preacher in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, will be the College's Public Orator, Dr John Luce, who will speak "On Praise". The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will be in Germany where he will attend meetings of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches in Berlin and Potsdam, while in St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, the Revd Philip Heake will be commissioned as Diocesan Youth Officer for Cashel and Ossory. In the evening the preacher in St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, will be the Revd Michael Lapsley, a New Zealand born Anglican priest who has worked for most of his life in South Africa. There, his outspoken opposition to apartheid led to the loss of both his hands and the sight of one eye as the result of a bomb attack. He went on to found the Centre for Victims of Violence and Trauma and later the Institute for the Healing of Memories of which he is currently the Director.

On Tuesday there will be a rare opportunity to hear a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. This will be given in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, by the Director of Chapel Music, David Adams.

The Irish School of Ecumenics and the Islamic Cultural Centre will host a one day conference on Thursday in the Islamic Cultural Centre, Clonskeagh, Dublin. The topic will be "The Environment: the Endangered Species. Ecology and the Environment from Christian and Islamic Perspectives". On Thursday evening in Trinity College, Dublin, the lecture in the current "East Meets West: Civilizations in Dialogue" series will be given by Professor Brian McGing, TCD, on "Alexandria: New York of the Ancient Mediterranean".

During February and March, John Dexter will be auditioning boys aged six to eight for the choir of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. A chorister's day lasts from 8.30 am to 6.10 pm and consists of choir practices, services, national school classes, hot lunch, activities, games and homework class. Mondays finish at 3.00 pm, Wednesdays at 1.00 pm, Saturdays are free and Sunday services are at 11.15 am and 3.15 pm. To arrange an audition parents should contact John Dexter at 01-4531847 or 01-4539472.

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