CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 15th September 2001
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Opera in Irish Churches
One of the more agreeable uses for Church of Ireland churches and
cathedrals, apart from their principal liturgical functions, is for concerts
and recitals. This is scarcely surprising since many churches have a fine
acoustic and many are centrally located in towns and cities. In the summer
months, in particular, local communities have become used to visits from
musical performers from all over the world, and have especially welcomed
those who have also contributed to the liturgy.
This week a new musical venture begins when Opera Theatre Company, the
national touring company of Ireland which is based in Dublin, will present
the Venetian comedy, Erismena, in four Church of Ireland venues. This
evening (Saturday) and tomorrow evening (Sunday) the company will be in St
Werburgh's Church, Castle Street, Dublin, and on Tuesday will be in Christ
Church, Waterford. On Thursday there will be a performance in St Nicholas'
Collegiate Church, Galway, and the series will end on Saturday 22 September
in St George's Church, High Street, Belfast.
The new initiative is the brain child of the former curate of the Christ
Church Cathedral group of parishes, Andrew McClellan, who is now pursuing a
career in arts administration.
Today (Saturday) the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer will host a Quiet
Day in Drumbo Parish Church, Ballylesson, Co. Antrim, where the witness will
be the Revd Leslie Crampton, Rector of Geashill and Killeigh, Co. Offaly. In
All Hallows College, Drumcondra, members of the Association of Interchurch
Families will meet informally at noon to exchange ideas and experiences and
review future developments.
Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will broadcast Morning Service from St Mary's
Cathedral, Tuam, where the Dean is the Very Revd Alister Grimason. In St
Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at Evensong there will be a Commemoration of
the Battle of Britain at which the preacher will be the Dean's Vicar, the
Revd Charles Mullen.
On Tuesday the third in the current series of lunchtime lectures, jointly
sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Corporation, will take place
in City Hall at 1.15 pm when Dr Edward McParland will speak on the
architect, Thomas Cooley, and the design of City Hall. In St Brigid's
Cathedral, Kildare, the address at the Diocesan Mothers' Union Festival will
be given by Mrs Paddy Wallace, Diocesan President of the Connor Mothers'
Union. The Representative Body and the Standing Committee will meet in
Church of Ireland House, Dublin, and the House of Bishops will meet on
The Diocesan Festival Service of the Mothers' Union in Dublin and
Glendalough will be held in Monkstown Parish Church on Wednesday evening
when the address will be given by Mrs Thelma Mehaffey, the All Ireland
President. In the Church of Ireland Theological College the annual
conference of the Irish College of Preachers begins and continues until
Friday. The conference leader will be the Bishop of Kilmore, the Rt. Revd
In Belfast on Friday the Archbishop of Armagh will preach at the 40th
Anniversary Thanksgiving Service in the Church of the Epiphany, Upper
Malone, while in St Anne's Cathedral there will be a recital by the Glasgow
Phoenix Choir which is the successor to the famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir.
The Sudan Support Group Ireland will host a workshop on the New Sudan
Council of Churches' People to People Peace Process, on Friday, in the
Molesworth Hall, behind St Ann's Church, Dublin. The principal speakers will
be NSCC facilitators, Emmanuel Lowilla and Liz Phillippo, and Joseph Liechty
who teaches reconciliation studies in the Irish School of Ecumenics. Details
may be had from the Secretary, SSGI, at 01-2807452.
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