CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 7th April 2001
From: The RCB Library
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The Church Prepares for Easter
Today (Saturday), tomorrow (Sunday), Palm Sunday, and through Holy Week
there will be a series of events, both traditional and contemporary, which
will prepare the Church to celebrate the resurrection on Easter Day.
In St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at 8.00 pm tonight (Saturday) there
will be a performance of Arvo Part's Passio (The Passion according to St
John) by the Guinness Choir with Colm Carey at the organ.
RTE will broadcast a Sung Eucharist for Palm Sunday, celebrated by the
Revd Dermot Dunne, with the Girls' Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin,
In Christ Church Palm Sunday will be marked by a liturgy which includes the
blessing and distribution of palms in the old cloister area followed by a
procession of clergy, choir and congregation into the cathedral to the
strains of the anthem Hosanna to the Son of David. Music will also be to the
fore in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, where, at 3.15 pm, there will be a
performance by the Cathedral Choir of Stainer's Crucifixion to mark the
centenary of the composer's death. The evening devotion in St Fin Barre's
Cathedral, Cork, will take the form of a performance of Eric Thiman's The
Imitations of Christ by the St Michael's Choir.
During Holy Week a number of the bishops will perform preaching
engagements in parishes throughout the country. The Bishop of Meath and
Kildare, Dr Richard Clark, will preach in Taney while Dr Richard Henderson,
the Bishop of Tuam, will be in Rathfarnham. The Bishop of Cork, the Rt Revd
Paul Colton, will preach in Monkstown, Co. Dublin, while the Bishop of Down,
the Rt Revd Harold Miller, a former Rector of Carrigrohane, will return to
the Diocese of Cork to preach in Bandon. The Bishop of Kilmore, the Rt Revd
Ken Clarke, will give lunchtime talks in St Mary's Cathedral, Sligo on
Wednesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday, at 8.00 pm, Bach's St John's Passion will be performed in
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, by Christ Church Baroque and the Cathedral
Choir. In Christ Church on Maundy Thursday, at noon, the Archbishop of
Dublin, Dr Walton Empey, will bless the oil of healing and the diocesan
clergy will re-affirm their ordination vows and at The Maundy Eucharist, at
6.00 pm, there will be an act of footwashing.
One of the more contemporary Holy Week experiences has been organized by
the chaplain of Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Alan McCormack. Under the title
"Faith in the Arts - the Aspiration of Genius" the Palm Sunday
procession will be enlivened by five canvases by the New Zealand artist,
Kelvin Mann. There will be experimental theatre and music on Monday and
Tuesday respectively, while on Wednesday the ancient the Office of Tenebrae
will be given a contemporary resonance by video tableaux by the artist,
Julanne Clark-Morris, who has recently had an installation in the crypt of
Christ Church Cathedral.
On Good Friday in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the Liturgy of Good
Friday and Preaching the Cross will be led by the Bishop of Lancaster, the
Rt Revd S.G. Pedley, and at 8.30 pm there will be a performance of Mozart's
Requiem by the Hibernian Orchestra and the Goethe Institut Choir.
The parish of Castleknock, where the rector is the Revd Andrew Orr, will
launch a parish website tomorrow (Sunday) the address of which is http://www.castleknock.dublin.anglican.org.
On Tuesday evening, in Foxrock Community Centre, the Foxrock Local
History Club will host a lecture by Dr Raymond Gillespie, from the
Department of Modern History in NUI-Maynooth, on "The Reformation at
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