Added on 01/12/2012
Saturday 1 December 2012
Music for Advent
Beginning on Advent Sunday (tomorrow) Tim Thurston intends to play approximately fifteen minutes of Bach’s organ music every Sunday morning around 9 am on his Gloria programme on RTE Lyric FM. As many of the chorale preludes are specific to particular Sundays they will be preceded by appropriate cantatas by Buxtehude or Schutz.These organ works are known only to a tiny proportion of music lovers and are rarely heard over the airwaves.
Tim Thurston’ s hope is that church organists may be encouraged to play the works which he showcases during, before or after their liturgies later on the same day. He hopes also to advertise where the works may be heard live and, from time to time, to mention on air opportunities for Gloria listeners to visit their local churches to experience the ‘live event’. A detailed list of his selections will be available on the Gloria page of the Lyric website (www.rte.ie.lyricfm/gloria) an on the Church Music Dublin website (www.churchmusicdublin.org/).
Today (Saturday) the Archbishop of Dublin will lead a Quiet Morning in Christ Church cathedral beginning at 10am. The theme will be preparation and expectation in the Advent Season. At 11am in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, the Irish Section of the Huguenot Society will host a seminar on ‘Huguenot Material Culture’ with contribution from Jessica Cunningham (Dublin goldsmiths), Albert Fenton (St Patrick’s cathedral) and Tommy Barr (drawing). Most of the Huguenot diaspora to Ireland conformed to the Church of Ireland and so their history is inextricably intertwined with that of the Church of Ireland. This evening (Saturday) at 8pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the Gaudete Singers will celebrate Advent with a concert entitled ‘Rorate Coeli’ based around Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the beginning of Advent will be marked with Advent Processions in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin at 5pm and in St Patrick’s cathedral at 5.15pm. In St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, there will be an Advent Carol Service at 7pm and at the same time there will be a Diocesan Advent Carol Service in St Macartan’s cathedral, Clogher.
The monthly Ecumenical Lunchtime Prayer which is jointly organised by nine congregations in the greater Leeson Street/Rathmines area of Dublin, including the parishes of St. Ann & St. Stephen, St. Bartholomew and Rathmines, will take place on Tuesday at 1pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road. People working, visiting or shopping in the area are most welcome to come together for 20 minutes of reflection and prayer in the middle of the day and in the midst of the hectic pre–Christmas season. Tea and coffee will be provided afterwards and people are encouraged to bring their lunch and share some time together over food.
On Wednesday the lunchtime recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, will be a piano duet with Garry O’Shea and Danil Battle. In the evening, at 7pm, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute will hold a Service of Advent Carols in St Nahi’s church, Dundrum, where the Archbishop of Dublin will preside.
On Thursday the Bishop of Cork will take part in the rededication, after refurbishment, of the Chapel of Christ the Healer in Cork University Hospital. In the evening at 5.15 the Revd Darren McCallig, Church of Ireland Dean of Residence, will be the preacher at ‘Carols by Candlelight: Words and Music for the Season of Advent’ in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin. In the College Chapel on Friday at 5.15pm there will be a memorial service for Professor Trevor West.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’