Added on 16/03/2013
St Patrick’s Tide Celebrations
Tomorrow (Sunday) St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in churches and cathedrals throughout the Church of Ireland and especially in those which are dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland.
BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a service for St Patrick’s Day from Drumglass parish church in Dungannon, at which the preacher will be the Most Revd Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh. In Downpatrick the Bishop of Down & Dromore will host a St Patrick’s Day Festival. The day will begin at 9.15am at St Patrick’s Memorial Church, Saul, with a celebration of he Eucharist at which Jasper Rutherford, Outreach & Development Officer for the Church Army and Summer Madness will preach. This will be followed by a pilgrimage from Saul to Downpatrick where in Down Cathedral the preacher at the Festival Service will be Bishop Ken Clarke, Mission Director of South American Missionary Society. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the traditional site of St Patrick’s grave followed by Irish stew lunch.
In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the Eucharist will be celebrated in Irish at 9.15am and the preacher at the Patronal Eucharist at 11.15am will be the Revd Professor Peter Galloway, Chaplain of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order. Dr Galloway is the author of The Most Illustrious Order. The Order of Saint Patrick and its Knights. In the evening at 6pm the Dublin Council of Churches will host an ecumenical celebration of St Patrick in the cathedral with word, song and traditional music.
The Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be held at the earlier time of 10am and the service, Langlais’s Messe Solennelle, will be sung by the Cathedral Choir and Schola Cantorum from St Peter’s cathedral, Belfast.
The Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will celebrate and preach in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, where he will use the new bi–lingual service book which has been published by Columba Press for Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise of which Bishop Burriows is patron. In Cork there will be Festival and Civic Eucharist in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, followed by a reception in The Palace hosted by the Bishop of Cork.
In St Macartan’s cathedral, Clogher, St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated not only in the liturgy but with afternoon musical recitals and a guided tour by local historian, Jack Johnston. The celebrations will conclude with Choral Evensong sung by the Choirs of the Cathedral Group of Parishes and of St Patrick’s Clogher.
Next Tuesday evening at 8pm the speaker at the Rathfarnham parish Lent Study will be Canon Patrick Comerford from CITI, who will discuss Isalm. At 8.15pm in the Lenten series on the psalms in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, Ian Keatley, Director of Music, and members of the Cathedral Choir will demonstrate and discuss the different ways Christians have sung the psalms through the ages. On Wednesday evening in the Church of St John the Baptist, Drumcondra, there will be a service of Compline, at 8.15pm, at which Dr Ken Fennelly, Secretary of the General Synod Board of Education, will reflect on the ‘Ministry of Education’. In the Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Kinsealy, at 8pm, the Revd Willie Black will discuss the work of the Mission to Seafarers in the final session of the Lenten series organized by the churches of Portmarnock and Malahide.
Next Tuesday the Archbishop of Dublin will be in London for a meeting of the Network for Inter–Faith Concerns and on Thursday will join the Archbishop of Armagh in Canterbury for the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’