CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 10th February 2001
From: The RCB Library
Email: RCB Library
Festival Week at Armagh Cathedral
On Friday a Festival Week begins at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, where
there will be special services, music recitals, an exhibition and floral
display depicting the history of the Cathedral from medieval to modern
times, and a young peoples' art competition.
The Festival will open with Choral Evensong on Friday when the preacher
will be the Dean of Christ Church, Dublin, the Very Revd John Paterson.
Following Evensong the Archbishop of Armagh will launch Armagh Clergy
1800-2000 which has been edited by Canon Ted Fleming, the Provincial and
Diocesan Registrar. This is an update and partial revision of the work of
the late Canon J.B. Leslie whose biographical succession list of the Armagh
clergy was the first of many such publications. Armagh Clergy will be
available for sale at £30.
There will be a Service for Uniformed Organizations on the following
Sunday and on Tuesday the Archbishop will preach at a Diocesan Service of
Holy Communion. The Armagh Church Choir Union will introduce the new Church
Hymnal on Wednesday at a service entitled "Sing and Rejoice"
and on Friday the Diocesan Youth Council will host a celebration of
"All Age Worship". There will be school music recitals on
Saturday, a recital by the Cathedral Organist on Sunday and a concert by the
Armagh City Choir on Thursday.
Details of the Festival, including enquiries about school visits, may be
had from the Dean of Armagh, The Library, Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7DY.
Today (Saturday) the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Music
Committee will hold a choral day for junior choristers in Christ Church
Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will broadcast Morning Prayer from St
Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore, where the Dean is the Very Revd William
Beare. The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, will dedicate gifts in St Laserian's
Cathedral, Old Leighlin, while the Bishop of Tuam, will be in Belfast for
the centenary celebrations of St Nicholas' parish church on the Lisburn
Road. In the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, the preacher at the Sung
Eucharist will be Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness who will address the
theme of "Justice". In the afternoon, in St Ann's Church, Dublin,
the Bach Festival 2001 continues with performances of Cantatas 41, 58, 153
and 190 by the Fishamble Voices, the Orchestra of St Cecelia and soloists.
Tomorrow (Sunday) National Marriage Week begins and guidelines for
prayer are available from the Church of Ireland Marriage Council website (http://marriagecouncil.ireland.anglican.org).
On Wednesday the Chapel Choir of Trinity College, Dublin, will perform
Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle in the College Chapel at 8.00 pm,
and on Thursday evening in the College's Ussher Theatre the sixth in the
current lecture series on "East Meets West: Civilizations in
Dialogue" will be delivered. Dr Loveday Alexander from the University
of Sheffield will speak on "Foolishness to the Greeks: Jews and
Christians in the Roman Empire".
In St Macartan's Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen, on Friday the Diocese of
Clogher will launch the final phase of its "Kenya 2000/2001
Project" in association with the Church Missionary Society Ireland.
This will be a response to Bishop Taama's appeal for help in meeting the
challenges of drought in the Diocese of Kajiado.
The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin have authorised an emergency grant
of £20,000 from the Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal Fund to assist the
relief work in the Indian state of Gujarat following the massive destruction
caused by an earthquake. The grant will assist the work of the Churches
Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), the development wing of the protestant
churches in India, which has been at work for fifty years and is a long
standing partner of Christian Aid.
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