CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 26th May 2001
From: The RCB Library
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Opening of Christ Church Treasury
On Wednesday evening the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the
Islands, Ms Sile de Valera, will officially open the new treasury in the
crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
This permanent exhibition in the recently renovated medieval crypt
fulfils a long held aspiration by the cathedral and has been made possible
by the generosity of Christopher and Heather Sheil. For the first time,
visitors to Christ Church will be able to see some of the cathedral's
treasures which have for long been locked away from public view. Among these
will be medieval archives such as the Liber Niger and Liber Albus,
early printed prayer books and sermons. The restored tabernacle, which was
used in Christ Church during the return to the Roman Catholic liturgy under
James II, is balanced by the stunning pieces of silver gilt which were
presented to Christ Church by William III as an act of thanksgiving after
the Battle of the Boyne. There will also be a display of some of the best of
Dublin church silver from the parish churches which were associated with the
A short film, commissioned from Louis Marcus, introduces the exhibition,
which has been designed by Orna Hanley Architects. The theme is worship, the
raison d'etre of the cathedral.
Today (Saturday) the World Wide President of the Mothers' Union, Mrs
Trish Heywood, begins a tour of Ireland in Taney parish centre. On Monday
she will visit Galway and Skreen and on Tuesday will be in Derrylin. Derry
and Raphoe dioceses will host a festival service on Wednesday and there will
be a civic reception in Dungannon on Thursday. The visit concludes with
meetings in Belfast on Friday and Saturday.
The Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert Diocesan Synod will be held today
(Saturday) in Killorglin and the Connor Diocesan Synod will take place on
Thursday in Broughshane.
Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will televise Parish Communion with the
congregation of Zion Church, Dublin, where the rector is the Revd Wilbert
Gourley. The Chaplain of Trinity College, Dublin, will preach in St Paul's
Church, Covent Garden, London, while the preacher at the installation of the
Revd Paul Mooney as Precentor of St Edan's Cathedral, Ferns, will be the
Dean of Waterford, the Very Revd Peter Barrett. The tercentenary of Marsh's
Library will be celebrated at Evensong in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin,
where the address will be given by Canon Muriel McCarthy, Keeper of the
Library. In St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin, at 7.00 pm the choir will give
a concert in aid of the organ restoration fund.
On Wednesday evening at 6.30 pm there will be an organ recital by Mark
Shepherd, Director of Music, Wycombe Abbey School, in St Patrick's
Cathedral, Dublin. In Gorey the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will institute
the Revd Mark Hayden as incumbent and on Thursday the Bishop of Clogher will
institute the Revd Stephen Crowther as Rector of Lisnaskea.
In the Royal Irish Academy on Thursday evening a new book on Jeremy
Taylor, the 17th century Bishop of Down and Connor, will be launched by the
writer John McGahern. Wisdom and Wasteland. Jeremy Taylor in his Prose
and Sermons Today is the work of the Longford based authority on Taylor,
the Revd Dr T.K. Carroll, and is a volume in honour of an earlier Taylor
expert, the late Archbishop McAdoo who contributed a forward. Dr Carroll's Jeremy
Taylor. Selected Works which was published in 1990 in the Classics of
Western Spirituality series has become a classic in itself and his new
volume, published by Four Courts Press is eagerly awaited.
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